The Dutch handball players did not start well on Sunday in the second round of the World Cup in Japan. Germany was too strong in Kumamoto, 23-25.

The Orange team was still 12-12 ahead halfway through, but at the start of the second half, Germany ran out quickly. In the final phase, the Netherlands made things a bit exciting, but it couldn't prevent a loss.

The defeat does not have to have major consequences for the Netherlands, as it started as the leader in the second round. The results in the games against Norway and Serbia were taken to the next group stage and both games were won by the Dutch.

Germany is now the leader with five points, the Netherlands is second with four points. The best two countries qualify for the semi-finals.

On Monday, the Orange will play against Denmark and on Tuesday, South Korea will be the opponent in the final group game.

Stand Group I

  • 1. Germany 3-5 (+3)
  • 2. The Netherlands 3-4 (+13)
  • 3. Norway 2-2 (+1)
  • 4. South Korea 3-2 (-3)
  • 5. Serbia 3-2 (-13)
  • 6. Denmark 2-1 (-1)

Orange after difficult start at rest on the lead

The Dutch team started the duel in the Aqua Dome Kumamoto with difficulty and soon faced a three-point deficit (1-4). Slowly but surely, Emmanuel Mayonnade's team got better in the game and shortly before half-time the Netherlands was three points ahead (11-8).

Germany, coached by Henk Groener, who was still in charge of the Dutch team between 2009 and 2016, came back in the last minutes, leaving the Netherlands with a minimum lead of 12-11.

The Dutch team started the second half with difficulty, scoring only four times in the first fifteen minutes. When the Germans led 16-19, Mayonnade requested a time-out to be able to shift accents in the game of Orange.

Goalscorer Oranje against Germany

  • 4 hits: Kelly Dulfer
  • 3 hits: Lois Abbingh, Danick Snelder
  • 2 hits: Debbie Bont, Merel Freriks, Jessy Kramer, Angela Malenstein, Estavana Polman, Laura van der Heijden
  • 1 hit: Dione Housheer

Timeouts Mayonnade have no effect

That had little effect, as Germany ran out to 17-22, after which Mayonnade again requested a timeout. After the resumption, the Orange immediately scored twice, but the Germans recovered quickly.

In the final minutes, the Orange managed to reduce the margin to two points difference (22-24), but Germany played the game professionally: 23-25.

The outstanding German keeper Dinah Eckerle was named the best player of the game. 61 Orange's goal attempts yielded only 23 hits.

See also: Results and program for the Netherlands at World Cup handball in Japan