DIn the wake of a strong debut from goalkeeper Till Klimpke and a sweeping offensive, Germany's handball players have extended their winning streak in the European Championship qualifiers even without numerous top performers. In the loose 40:25 (19:14) against Israel on Wednesday in Tel Aviv, the B-selection of the World Cup fourth was never in danger and extended the lead in Group 1 with 10: 0 points. "That was a really good performance. The team has acted with great joy, "said DHB Vice President Bob Hanning satisfied.
National coach Christian Prokop was also impressed by the presentation of his protégés: "I am positively surprised and also a little proud of how hungry and disciplined we have fulfilled our tasks." Best throwers at the sovereign winner were Timo Kastening of TSV Hannover-Burgdorf with nine Toren and Göppinger Marcel Schiller (6). "We wanted to show that we are rightly here," said Topwerfer Kastening after his second international match. At the conclusion of the elimination, the German team will receive in Kosovo on Sunday in Nuremberg.
Following the participation in the finals in Norway, Austria and Sweden in April, Prokop had prematurely sent his stars on vacation at the end of a long World Cup season. The representatives of captain Uwe Gensheimer & Co. did their job very well after a brief period of identification at the beginning. International debutant Klimpke, who is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeeping talents in Germany, delivered a strong performance between the posts. The 21-year-old from HSG Wetzlar played a large part in numerous parades because after a good fifteen minutes at the 12: 6, the DHB selection was the first with six goals. "He was outstanding," praised Prokop and Hanning in unison.
Even though things did not go well in the offensive, the motley team of Germans had the game safely under control. Above all, the outside Kastening and Schiller – in the past season with 207 hits third-best Bundesliga contact – came the World Cup fourth repeatedly to success. "The fact that you only had two training sessions, the players combine really well together," praised Hanning to the break.
The hosts tried hard, but could offer the DHB team at no time paroli. After the change drew the favorite, in which captain Kai Häfner in the back room cautiously directed, at 26:16 (40th) for the first time ten goals. Shortly thereafter, Nico Büding was next to Klimpke second freshman in the squad to celebrate his first international goal. Prokop changed now cheerfully and gave all players some minutes of use. Nevertheless, his protégés always remained master of the situation and to the end goal-hungry. "We have solved the task very well and are pleased that we have won so confidently," said Häfner.
Christian Topp (t) Till Klimpke (t) Bob Hanning (t) Timo Kastening (t) Marcel Schiller (t) DHB (t) TSV Hannover – Burgdorf