German handball players rise to their role as candidates in the first European Championship qualifiers. However, Greece is not a benchmark and is completely overwhelmed by the choice of DHB Concentrated Bank.
Trier (dpa) – Germany’s women’s handball team has begun qualifying for the 2022 European Championship with an expected victory over Greece.
In their first international match in front of the spectators in nearly two years, the DHB selection came in Trier with 36:10 (17:8) and stormed to the top of the Group 3 table. “It was clear that Greece would not beat us. We saved,” said national coach Henk Gruner. Our strength and we can feel good.”
Emily Berger with seven strokes
The best striker in front of 518 fans was Amelie Berger of German champions Borussia Dortmund with seven goals. Marilyn Calf and Jonah Stockschlader met six times. “It was fun to play in front of the fans again and it went well,” Berger said.
Next Sunday, the German national team will meet Belarus again in Trier. “A stronger opponent lies ahead,” Berger predicted. The third contender in the preliminary round is the world champion Netherlands. The top two teams qualify for the finals in North Macedonia, Slovenia and Montenegro.
found a late rhythm
The DHB women needed some time to start working before they found their rhythm midway through the first half and continually expanded the lead. However, there was a lethargic attack and some holes in the defense until the end of the first half. “We were looking for very complex solutions,” Gruner said.
After the change, the German team came out of the dressing room focused and the crowd really got their money. The eighth World Cup in 2019 withdrew from 8-0 to 25:8 and only allowed two goals in the entire second half. Groener took advantage of the superiority and shuffled hilariously to give as many players as possible playing time. However, there was no break in the game – and ultimately a sovereign victory. “We are happy with the success, and that’s okay even at this level. We can be very satisfied with the performance,” summed up goalkeeper Dina Eckerley.