Handball European Championship: Germans before the end – loss to Croatia

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    Defeat against Croatia – German handball players before EM-Aus

    As of January 18, 2020 | Reading time: 3 minutes

    Handball European Championship: Croatia - Germany

    Jannik Kohlbacher lies on the floor after a collision

    Credit: dpa / Robert Michael

    Germany’s handball players have almost no chance of reaching the semi-finals at the European Championship. The DHB selection was lost in Vienna against Croatia with 24:25 (14:11) and now has 2: 4 points on the account.

    TDespite a long-standing defense against goalkeeper Andreas Wolff, the German handball players almost lost the chance of reaching the semi-finals of the European Championship. In the main round key game, the DHB selection lost 24:25 (14:11) against Croatia in the heated atmosphere of the Wiener Stadthalle on Saturday evening. After a drop in performance in the final phase of this handball thriller, the team of national coach Christian Prokop now has only minimal chances to win the targeted EM medal.

    The best throwers of the German team in front of around 9000 spectators were captain Uwe Gensheimer, Tobias Reichmann, Timo Kastening and Philipp Weber, each with four goals.

    For a long time, however, the stage belonged to the once again outstanding goalkeeper Andreas Wolff and the defensive alliance around the defense chiefs Hendrik Pekeler and Patrick Wiencek. Right winger Timo Kastening and back area player Philipp Weber also made a strong appearance. Towards the end of the game, however, the DHB selection made too many technical mistakes and brought the Croatians back into play. On Monday (8.30 p.m. / ARD) the third main round game against hosts Austria continues.

    Game was characterized early on by two strong defensive lines

    In contrast to the sovereign victory against the Belarusians, the game did not start with numerous goals, but was characterized early on by two strong defensive lines. The German inner block around Pekeler and Wiencek stood out. The last strong goalkeeper Wolff also got better and better as the game progressed. However, the Croatians also did not make it easy for the DHB selection and turned the game in the final phase after technical failures of the German team.

    Handball European Championship: Croatia - Germany

    Goalkeeper Andreas Wolff (M) fends off a ball from Zlatko Horvat (r). The last strong goalkeeper got better and better as the game progressed

    Credit: dpa / Robert Michael

    The own defensive stood like a wall and formed the basis for numerous counterattacks. “Class defense and a super good speed game,” said Prokop during a break in the first round. Captain Uwe Gensheimer also played for the first time in the tournament as well and as accurately as you know him. The numerous fans from Germany and Croatia were offered a handball thriller at eye level. And they saw a Wolff running hotter by the minute. With his sometimes excellent parades, the 28-year-old sometimes brought the Croatians to despair.

    The short-term loss of circuit runner Johannes Golla, who had been brought back to the team hotel shortly before the start of the game due to severe nausea, did not diminish the defensive performance. Unlike at the victory against the Belarusians, backguard Julius Kühn was not forgotten in the cabin this half. However, the big stage did not belong to Kühn nor to Timo Kastening, who was so unerring lately, it belonged to Wolff, Pekeler, Wiencek and their counterparts.

    Handball European Championship: Croatia - Germany

    Julius Kühn (below) and Paul Drux (2nd from right) in action against Marko Mamic (l)

    Credit: dpa / Robert Michael

    The galliness and aggressiveness with which they defended against the Croatians for their superstar and Kiel teammate Domagoj Duvnjak was impressive. The Croatian captain barely developed. The only drawback in the German game: Some technical errors in the second round. Instead of playing out a calming lead early on, the DHB selection helped Croatia to score a few goals with sloppy passes – and ultimately even to victory.


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