The match ball for the German handball team wins unexpectedly, but now you want to take advantage of your Chance. Thanks to the unexpected Snafu of the Croats, the DHB-selection in the evening (20.30 clock/ZDF) will be enough of a victory in order to solve the target semi-final Ticket for the world Championships at home.

“That gives us the tailwind. With the pressure of the boiler, we are capable of anything”, – said the DHB Vice President Bob Hanning before the Top match against Croatia in the evening in the Cologne Arena. The loud crowd will help the team of national coach Christian Prokop to success.

But the Germans are also likely to be warned. Because so much of the tournament come the Croats want to be true to their defeat against Brazil a Chance in the semi-finals. Croatia captain Domagoj Duvnjak voice after the 26:29 against the strong South Americans of grief and disappointment. “That was a huge surprise, we had not expected,” said the world star of THW Kiel, following Croatia’s first defeat in the tournament. Against the DHB-selection of the backcourt players are now expected to come with a “brutally difficult” game. “But we will fight for 60 minutes. I am looking forward to the duel with my Kiel’s team-mates.”

For the German team might be the initial situation is hardly better. Even if Prokop’s Team will not win the game, it has still chances to enter in the next round. To the Failure of he and his from the previous tournament history euphorisierten player turn, at the Moment, but no thought. “We have dreamed of all that it comes to a game like that, where very much the decides,” said Prokop. “On the game, we would be delighted.”

dpa

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