As of: 01/25/2022 7:35 p.m
The German handball players got a good finish at the European Championship and won against Russia. They finish the main round group in fourth place.
The DHB team won on Tuesday evening (01/25/2022) against the previously eliminated Russians with 30:29 (16:12) and thus passed them in the main round table in fourth place. The best shooters were Johannes Golla, Patrick Zieker and Tobias Reichmann with five goals each. Russia’s Sergei Kosorotov scored eight goals.
Good start for Rebmann and Co.
after the positive corona tests at Simon Ernst and Patrick Wiencek, both real defensive columns, it was particularly interesting to see how the German team, which had already been thrown through by Corona anyway, would solve their defensive tasks. Daniel Rebmann started in goal, Golla and Julian Köster formed the inner block.
National coach Alfred Gislason could be quite satisfied with the start of his defensive group. Rebmann also defused some free throws and the offensive around playmaker Philipp Weber was also enthusiastic. At 10:6 for the Germans, Russia’s coaching icon Velimir Petkovic called his team for a time-out for the first time.
Changeable course of the game – moderate level of play
Because the DHB team then made a few unprepared throws, the Russians came back. It took five minutes before it was 10:10 again. Now it was Gislason who needed to speak after almost twenty minutes of play. The Icelander’s announcements obviously paid off, because the German team was now more careful with the ball and threw out a well-deserved 16:12 at the break.
But it was a changeable game. Less than 90 seconds were played in the second round, when it was only 16:15 because the Germans missed several free throwing opportunities and didn’t always work consistently against the man at the back. The Russians, for their part, now also covered more offensively – which provoked one or the other mistake.
This game did not have the very high level of other games in this tournament in this phase – possibly also due to physical reasons. After 43 minutes, Gislason had seen enough again and called on his team, who also repeatedly quarreled with the referees, to concentrate more.
Russia submits – Germany equalizes
With a 24:24 it finally went into the last twelve minutes, which the DHB selection denied with veteran Johannes Bitter between the posts. The Russians consistently scored a goal and the Germans equalized. This series lasted until the final minute. There Zieker scored beautifully with a Kempa trick to make it 30:29. The DHB team survived the remaining ten seconds unscathed – and was visibly relieved.
“It’s a good feeling to say goodbye like this,” said captain Johannes Golla on ZDF: “We want to play brave handball and inspire the spectators, today it worked.” And the national coach once again praised the character of the team.