Uwe Gensheimer threw his towel on the bench in frustration, his teammates put their hands on their hips at a loss.
After the massive defeat against Spain, the EM goal semi-finals for German handball players have come a long way.
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"Not in combat mode from the start"
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Goalkeeper Johannes Bitter could hardly disagree: "It was not a good match. We have not gone into combat mode from the start. Then it is very difficult if Spain does such turbo start. The Spanish then have the match with their confidence, determined in the second half. "
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Final round for DHB team in the distance
In the next match, at least one draw will have to be made for Germany to qualify for at least the main round of the best twelve teams.
The objective of the final round is far after the defeat against Spain, even with a high victory against Latvia, you would start with zero points in the decisive phase of the tournament. (SERVICE: How Germany enters the main round)
The best pitchers against Spain were in front of 6558 spectators in Trondheim, the circular runner Hendrik Pekeler (5) and the captain Gensheimer (4/2), who remained under his means again, who has long sitting on the bench.
Germany makes a false start
It almost seemed like the German team had left their confidence in the cabin with the kickoff against Spain. Nothing worked especially in the attack, the numerous ball losses, often skillfully caused by the aggressive Spanish defense, made the task of the opponent around the big goalkeeper Gonzalo Perez de Vargas easier.
After eleven minutes, Germany was 2: 8 behind, so left-hander Alex Dushebayev had already scored four times. However, Gensheimer, circuit runner Patrick Wiencek and right winger Tobias Reichmann, who still fell far short of his potential, failed on their side because of Perez de Vargas.
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Wolff clears a goal for bitter
Andreas Wolff, one of the guarantors of the success of the first win over the Netherlands, erased Johannes Bitter's goal after 11:40 minutes. Until then, Wolff had just shown a parade, his counterpart Perez Vargas already had five.
"You have to be at the top with momentum and not pass the balls to them like that," asked Prokop during the break: "What's the key? We need deep breakthroughs without circles or speed." Nothing worked out of the draw, the German goals were the result of counterattacks and individual performances.
Then there was a break in the game of the Spaniards, and the German team seized this unexpected chance. From 4:10 to the 15th minute, Germany returned to 8:10 in five scoreless Spanish minutes, supported by a now aggressive 3-2-1 defense with an advanced Pekeler.
Julius Kühn entered the record for the first time: the shooter, who had missed the World Cup at home due to a cruciate ligament tear, scored the goal of the connection at 9:10, but then left the field again.
No turn after the break
The tie was in the air, but a carelessly misplaced ball allowed the Spaniards to score 11: 9 after almost six minutes without a goal. Now the old mistakes are reintegrated into the German game.
"If we continue, we have to go full steam ahead, with only 80%," said crew chief Oliver Roggisch at the 11:14 p.m. break, which Bitter had kept manageable with several stops.
However, at the start of the second half, Wolff was back between the posts – and the German number one did little.
Wolff didn't get his hands on the ball, and when he still had a parade with 16 goals after 41 minutes of play, Prokop sent bitter again into the goal.
But even "Jogi" could not turn the tide, he only conceded twelve goals before winning the first parade.