Wow, what a World Cup quarter-closing thriller!
German handball gamers narrowly misplaced in the final principal spherical against favorites Norway – 26:28. It’s clear: in the quarter-finals (Wednesday, 20.30 / ZDF) he faces report world champions France! It was clear that Germany was over earlier than the recreation even began.
Without Fox star Paul Drucks (27, chilly), the recreation is fight-oriented and quick-paced. 16:18 half time. Germany’s protection is a bit shaky – and Norwegian famous person Sander Sagosen (27, Kiel) is displaying why they’re considered one of the strongest groups in the world.
Among the 4,100 followers in Katowice was former DFB star Lukas Podolski (37, who performs for Gornik Zabrze in Poland), who has simply turn into a father. But he sees the Norwegians more practical than the DHB boys in the second half. Despite the robust efficiency of our handball gamers, the first world championship went bankrupt!
But particularly robust: playmaker Yuri Knorr (22) once more! He converts eight of 13 makes an attempt and is the solely entertainer in the backcourt for lengthy stretches.
Knorr: “We lacked vitality and motivation against Holland. We have to indicate who we’re, that we will rise once more. Today’s outcome does not imply a lot for Wednesday. It’s a brand new recreation.”
On Wednesday (ZDF) we face France in Gdańsk – a really robust opponent!
The DHB qualifiers not too long ago misplaced a aggressive recreation against eventual Olympic champions France in the preliminary spherical against their neighbors in Tokyo (29:30). “Les Bleus” is coached by Guillaume Gill (46), who captained HSV handball from 2002 to 2012, gained the championship (2011) and cup (2006) and might name himself an Olympic champion, world and European champion. Champion with France.
BUT: Germany gained the final recreation of a report world champion (six titles) round Nikola Karabatic (38, Paris) and Dika Mem (25, Barcelona) in Wetzlar a yr in the past. Same efficiency on Wednesday – Germany in the semi-finals!
ARD knowledgeable Dominique Klein (39): “The French have unbelievable density. You have Mem and outdated grasp Karabatic in his tenth World Cup. This is, in fact, an extra lesson.”
Christoph Steinert (32) is assured: “If we put a couple of extra issues ahead, play protection somewhat extra aggressively, then it will likely be the similar against France.”
Left-back Rune Damke (29): “We need to stability every thing against France. We are disenchanted after at present, however it will likely be forgotten in the quarter-finals.”
On Tuesday, the DHB qualifier will then journey from Katowice to Gdańsk, the place at 11.00 the DHB heroes will board the aircraft to the Baltic Sea.