The Austrian team lost their first preliminary round match 31:36 against a weakened team from Poland and is therefore already under pressure to win today. The Pajovič squad didn’t manage to cover the plate properly over the entire 60 minutes and couldn’t compensate for this with a very good offensive yield. Can Bilyk and Co. improve compared to the DHB team and avert the premature end?
The DHB selection suffered a setback outside the field yesterday, Saturday. With Julius Kühn, a German national player is now out due to a positive corona test. The backfield shooter from MT Melsungen, who contributed six goals to the opening win, will be absent from national coach Alfreð Gíslason’s team for an indefinite period and will not be able to intervene again until the main round at the earliest. With Hendrik Wagner, a player was nominated; the Ludwigshafener is not part of the squad today.
The start of the European Championship was a tough one for the German national handball team: it was only with great effort that they managed to win 33:29 against the Belarusian selection. The Gíslason side were five goals down after eleven minutes and were slow to improve on either end of the plate. Even after a 4-0 run between the 36th and 39th minute, she didn’t bring lasting security; only in the very final phase was the lead at a reassuring level.
Good evening from the Ondrej Nepela Arena! In their second European Championship preliminary round game, the German handball players meet Austria’s selection. Can the DHB squad qualify early for the second phase of the competition? The throw-off in Bratislava should take place at 6 p.m.