The German handball team at the world Championships at home in their first match ball for the finals. Because of the favorites Croatia bombed on Sunday evening completely by surprise at the 26:29 (13:17) against Brazil, the team of national coach Christian Prokop on Monday (20.30/ F. A. Z.-Liveticker for the Handball world championship and ZDF ) against the two-time Olympic champion Croatia a win to reach the semi-final round in Hamburg in advance.

“, Along with 20,000 Fans, we can and want to write on Monday, a large Chapter of the Handball history. We burn on this game, we burn it to the semi-finals. If it would have told us before the tournament that we can do it now, even in advance, we would have declared him crazy“, said DHB Vice President Bob Hanning of the SID.

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Under the eyes of Procopius, the previously undefeated Croats allowed to be their top Star Domagoj Duvnjak from the German record champion THW Kiel are a number of technical errors. The Brazilian took the ball gains 15.227 spectators in Cologne again and again throws into the void of the Croatian goal. With 4:2 points Croatia against the DHB-selection (5:1) on Monday under huge pressure. Brazil had helped the German Team in the preliminary round, as the South Americans Russia out of the tournament bugs, which is numbered and Germany, therefore, one more point and a very good goal difference, with the main round, could take. Against Brazil, Germany had won other than against Russia.

In the second Sunday game in the German group, France beat expectations, according to Iceland with 31:22. France, as the table leaders in a game more than Germany on seven points on the account.

Croatia quarrels

“It’s an important game for us and for Germany. It is brutally hard,” said Duvnjak, and was angry with the performance against the South Americans: “We have played bad. The defeat is also a Surprise for us. Even if we knew that Brazil is a dangerous team.“