The selection of Poland, which is on the upswing again after weak recent years, had to cope with some corona-related failures before the start of the European Championship. Nevertheless, coach Patryk Rombel’s team has so far plowed through Group D without any problems: after beating the Austrians by 36:31, they left the Belarusian team behind with a 29:20. If she puts in a good goalkeeper performance against Germany and convinces with an accurate backcourt, a perfect preliminary round is anything but utopian.
The German handball players are not in gala form so far, but in the first two appearances against Belarus (33:29) and (34:29) they showed themselves mentally stable: They made a false start both against the Eastern Europeans and against the southern neighboring country back, were still behind at the break and after the change of sides, with a lot of patience, fought for the lead, which was then still confidently brought across the finish line in both games. If they are successful again today with the emergency squad, they will go into the main round with 2-0 points and a big chest, in which Spain, Norway, Russia and Sweden are waiting.
After Julius Kühn’s absence due to corona and the positive test of Hendrik Wagner, who was subsequently nominated but had not yet joined the team, the virus has completely shaken the German selection since yesterday: with Wolff, Häfner, Witzke, Kastening and Mertens, five other DHB players had to leave go into isolation. Since it will take at least five days before the quintet is ready for action again, the squad was filled with Bitter, Drux, Wiede, Firnhaber and Dahme, who followed. The infections of Klimpke and Schiller became known today, so that the German squad consists of only 14 players.
Good evening from Bratislava! In their final European Championship preliminary round game, the German handball players are aiming for their third win in their third tournament against the selection of Poland, despite the recent spate of corona cases. The throw-off in the Ondrej Nepela Arena should take place at 6 p.m.