Concern for Georg Grozer! After the practically perfect semi-final entry of the German volleyball players in the Olympic qualification, the star diagonal attacker took a heavy step into the cabin with a thick bandaged right calf.
The 35-year-old did not want to say anything about the possible extent of his injury. “When he was sitting on the floor, he said he had a cramp,” said captain Lukas Kampa of the scene in which the German volleyball fans held their breath.
After his butterfly ball in the third set at 16:15, Grozer briefly touched his right calf lying on the floor. The 35-year-old was able to continue playing before he left the field at 22:24.
Led by Grozer, the Germans also clearly won their second preliminary game against Belgium 3-0 (25:18, 25:23, 26:24). A day after the opening win against the Czech Republic, the team of national coach Andrea Giani showed an increase in performance in front of 2519 spectators and even wants to win the group in the last season duel on January 7th (8.10pm / Sport1) against the second place in Slovenia. In the third round, the EM second from 2017 even fought two set balls against themselves.
“That was an important step,” said Christian Fromm after the game at Sport1: “We want to show Slovenia that it is our hall. We showed more will to win and did the thing. »Moritz Reichert added:« Tomorrow it will be another fight against a stronger opponent. It’s good that we have the confidence of the two games behind us. »
Germany is at the top of the table with a flawless record of six points and 6-0 sets. Grozer again played a large part in this with 20 points, although this had to be treated on the right calf in the meantime. The Russian legionnaire in top form is also important because only the tournament winner from Berlin secures the last European ticket for Tokyo.
The opening success against the Czech Republic had relieved the Germans of great nervousness. After 3-0 on Sunday, they wanted to gain a bit more in the second round, a little bit in the assumption and a bit in the attack – and they succeeded. The team around captain Lukas Kampa took a while to find their rhythm. Then they got going. When the middle blocker Marcus Böhme, who had moved into the starting line-up for Anton Brehme, marked the 10: 8, even the otherwise thoughtful national coach Andrea Giani raised his arms.
The concentrated German volleyball players even set off at 19:13. In block defense, the European Championship runner-up from 2017 acted a lot more attentively than in the opening game, he was more assertive on the offensive, and the acceptance also proved to be more stabilized. The first of six set balls was a top priority: Georg Grozer gave his team the first round with a successful block.
“Everyone has to feel a bit like a star,” Giani, who was an athlete at five Olympic Games, said about his players after the start. Grozer & Co. should also enjoy the Max-Schmeling-Halle stage despite the pressure. The German star factor only came into play a little later in the second section. In the block, Giani’s men initially did not manage against the Belgians and were 11:15 behind. Grozer brought his team back into the game with two aces, at 20:19 Germany took the lead in the set for the first time. Then Grozer was on hand again and also made the win of the second round perfect.
In the third set, Giani’s team had to work hard again – then came the terrifying moment with Grozer. Further investigations should provide information about the type of injury experienced by the veteran.