Germany’s team wins opener against Belarus

EThere was a lot of talk about the young German handball team, which was supposed to meet at this European Championship in Hungary and Slovakia in order to be prepared for the big challenges of the coming years. But first of all the old hands worked out the convincing 33:29 (17:18) against Belarus on Friday evening.

The often scolded Melsunger Kai Häfner and Julius Kühn gave the national team the desired start to this continental ball throwing fair – thanks to the 14 goals together, the players of the German Handball Association (DHB) collected their first points in the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava.

Häfner, 32, needed ten attempts for his eight goals, six of Kühn’s (28) eight shots went into the goal. This impressive result and more aggressive marking in the second half laid the foundation for a victory that leaves the Germans looking forward to the games against Austria on Sunday and Poland on Tuesday. “I really liked what happened in attack,” praised DHB sports director Axel Kromer.

He didn’t forget to point out that the German defense had to “work really hard for 60 minutes” against circle player Artsem Karalek. The new captain Johannes Golla and Patrick Wiencek did that after a hesitant 30 minutes and were better coordinated. And when Häfner, Kühn and the strong left winger Marcel Schiller (eight hits) proved their accuracy, the team ran in favor of the Germans at the latest from Schiller’s 25:21 in the 41st minute.




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