Hannover (dpa) - 75 days before the start of the European Championship, the German handball players confirmed their ascending form.

Thanks to the outstanding in the second round goalkeeper Dario Quenstedt the DHB selection also won their second test match against European Championship co-favorite Croatia with 24:23 (11:13). On his 33rd birthday captain Uwe Gensheimer was in front of 9967 spectators in Hannover with six goals best launcher of the German team. The victory but not secured the world-class left wing, but goalkeeper Quenstedt. Immediately before the final whistle referee nominated instead of veteran Silvio Heinevetter keeper of the THW Kiel a seven-meter from the Croats - and thus secured the close success.

"If you hold the decisive seven-meter mark just before the end of the game, I'm glad of course," said Quenstedt shortly after the final whistle. Already the first test against the Croats on Wednesday had won the DHB selection. On the 9th of January Germany will start the European Championship in the opening game against the Netherlands in Trondheim. The game against the Croats was Prokop's last opportunity this year to test his players under competitive conditions. And she brought him the realization that in the remaining two and a half months, above all, he had to think about the game structure.

Although most of his team's attacks followed a clear plan in Hanover, this was always negated by passport or concentration weaknesses. As a result, the initially reserved guests came into play at all. "At the moment they only lead because we invite them," said Prokop in a break at the score of 8: 9.

The national coach lacks the latest after the third cruciate ligament tear of Simon Ernst a playmaker. Because even at the home World Cup strong veteran Martin Strobel is not fit again, played against Croatia mainly Fabian Wiede on back space center. The left-hander showed good signs that the DHB selection increased in the course of the game, but was mainly due to the strong goalkeeper Quenstedt.

The keeper of the THW Kiel, who collected many pluses in the duel with Heinevetter for the European Championship ticket, fended off several attempts of the guests and ran at times to the top form. Since the DHB selection in the attack but also in the episode repeatedly made play errors or opportunities not exploited, the game remained exciting until the end.

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