D.he German national handball team around the outstanding goalkeeper Andreas Wolff made a big step on the way to Tokyo with a gala at 36:27 (22:12) against the fourth place in the European Championship, Slovenia, and can qualify for the Olympics on Sunday against outsiders Algeria (3:45 p.m. / ZDF) now make it perfect under your own steam.
The best thrower in the German team, which now has 3-1 points after the 25:25 against the World Cup runner-up Sweden, was Marcel Schiller with seven goals in Berlin on Saturday. After his strong performance the day before, the left winger was given preference over captain Uwe Gensheimer, who only came into play in the middle of the second half.
Man of the game was goalkeeper Wolff, who moved between the posts of the German goal after his break in the Sweden game – and was hot from the start. With numerous brilliant saves, including a saved seven meter, the 30-year-old from the Polish top club Vive Kielce was the strong support he had hoped for and offered his best performance in a long time.
Before that, the defense convinced with Hendrik Pekeler and Johannes Golla in the inner block. The Flensburg Golla was surprisingly preferred to Patrick Wiencek and also put in the scene well on the offensive. “You did an outstanding job,” praised team manager Oliver Roggisch at half-time. “Today everything fits.”
The attack engine was also running at full speed after a balanced start phase. With a 4-0 run from 4: 5 to 8: 5 (11th minute) within 120 seconds, the German selection quickly made up for the only deficit in the game. After a quarter of an hour the World Cup twelfth was at 11: 6 for the first time with five goals in the lead, which was even increased to eleven goals by 21:10 after 27 minutes.
Unlike the day before against Sweden, there was initially no break in the German game after the change. The Gislason team continued to be highly concentrated in attack and defense. In addition to Schiller, the back scorer Julius Kühn shone with six goals in the offensive.
Although the DHB selection could not move further, but kept the lead constant. In anticipation of a certain victory, Gislason now switched cheerfully. For Wolff came Silvio Heinevetter, who made his 200th international match. Sebastian Heymann, Juri Knorr and Fabian Wiede were allowed to play in the back area, while Gensheimer and Patrick Groetzki came out on the outside.
That had an impact, because hardly anything was going on in the front. No goal was scored for almost ten minutes. The many missed throws allowed the Slovenes to come closer, even if it wasn’t tight for the German team.
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