The German national handball team won 31:30 (17:16) against Spain. Thus, the team drives as defeated main-round winner to Hamburg, where it competes on Friday in the semi-final against runner-up Norway. Best thrower in the duel with the Spaniards, who only play for seventh place, was Fabian Böhm with five goals.
Due to the good balance so far it was clear that Germany would move in a defeat in the semi-finals. Despite the comfortable starting position, the team started by coach Christian Prokop pep. CaptainenUens Gensheimer snatched the spectators 2-1 from the seats with a sensational counter-goal.
After twelve minutes, Martin Strobel, who was injured by his knee, was named after Tim Suton for his debut in the World Cup and soon after made his first equal goal well. Coach Christian Prokop moved cheerfully through: Already after 20 minutes were up to Steffen Weinhold, who seems not quite fit after his strain in the adductor, all German players in action.
Among them suffered primarily the defensive, which offered the European champion Spain unusually many gaps. But it ran neatly in the German attack game, so that the match remained balanced in the first round. "We're in the lead and we have a little bit of room left in the defense, we have to help our goalkeepers a bit more," said team manager Oliver Roggisch during the break.
After the break, it went on evocatively. Goalkeeper Silvio Heinevetter showed several glittering parades - and ahead was further pressure. Lohn was a first-time four-goal lead at 23:19 after 41 minutes. Only in the closing phase did the concentration diminish.