Fabian Böhm rushed up to the circle, to throw and awarded under distress, the Chance to compensate. Immediately Norway switched: Faster lock-on Sander Sagosen, Patrick Wiencek tried, the Norwegian Superstar with a massive clamp handle to press to the ground. But in the Fall and with the last of his strength Sagosen played a fantastic Pass to Magnus Rød and this met free-standing, 10:12, from a German point of view. Two goals of the residue instead of the equaliser.

This scene in the 25. Minute lasted just ten seconds. It is a symbol for this fast Sport, and it explains very well why the German handball this evening in the world Cup semi-final against Norway have lost. Why your dream of a title at the tournament in their own country, and on Sunday (14.30 clock, live Ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE, TV: ZDF) in the match for third place against France to compete must be buried. (Click here for the game schedule and all results)


The final weakness was a reason. Bohemian, the, in the 25. Minute had discarded, and was even one of the more powerful German cannons, six goals he scored in seven Attempts. The Problem is in the Offensive were more likely to be the players for easy goals from the back room. Steffen Fäth and Kai Häfner caught a faint night – you no hit was possible even though they threw seven times on goal.

“We don’t do the clear things,” said Jannik Kohlbacher, without faeth and Häfner. The two were not at the world Cup-finally, the sole blame, as Wiencek, one of the two players in the German middle block, right, added: “Our defense today was not as stable as we know it.”

it is known as one of the strongest Defenses in the world. Actually. And this is the second part of the answer as to why the DHB-selection 25:31 (12:14) lost and now Norway in the Danish city of Herning on Sunday (17.30 clock, live Ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE, TV: Eurosport) against Co-hosts Denmark will be playing for the title: 31 counter hit in a world Cup semi-final to many.

all the people in the semi-finals Wiencek and Pekeler

As weakening Wiencek would be mentioned as a factor. He went with 13 intercepted balls and 14 successful Blocks in this semi-final, the dream values, he is one of the best defenders in the world. The Problem: Against Norway, only a single Block was added. Besides man, Hendrik Pekeler suffered three time met and saw in the second half the Red card. Added to this were four additional time penalties of other German players to often, Germany had to defend.

“We have lost our compactness,” said national coach Christian Prokop, and he admitted that despite the preparation on the line of the Czech referee team didn’t. “The peculiar and small whistle. Hardness belongs to Handball. But you have refereed to on both sides,” said Wiencek not looked at the referee as the game.

Patrick Wiencek

His teammates shared this opinion. At the same time but it was not just that Germany, in Offensive and Defensive bombed. The Norwegian handball players were in the crucial scenes easily determined, as in the initially described 25. Minute. They were tactically sophisticated, and at the end of the “deserved winner” (Böhm), and “the deserved Finalist” (Wiencek).

above All, convinced of Norway playmaker Sagosen, as so often in this world Cup. Now he coined this semi-final. The 23-Year-old from Paris Saint-Germain was often in important One-on-One situations and for him many wonderful Touches to the circle that made the difference. Alone Bjarte Myrhol scored six goals from six meters, a total of Norway came to a total of 17 hits from the close range. “That was our Plan, we have prepared ourselves,” said head coach Christian Berge. And the many number of situations, the Germans allowed the necessary space. (See here for a video analysis of the game)

“Now, we want to Bronze”

Germany at this world Cup, so not to repeat the home success of the 2007 celebrations, the feast now; and not surprisingly, many disappointed faces showed up later. Wiencek said he was “very sad,” Patrick Groetzki spoke of a “large Void that hurts very much”. Understandable and expected statements. But there is also a satisfaction to see. So a bit of relief about how the tournament was run before. “For us, a Mix of disappointment and Pride,” said coach Prokop.

Christian Prokop

Because this world Cup also writes success stories. How, for example, the dramatic success against Croatia, as the German Team responded impressively to the cruciate ligament of Martin Strobel. Fabian Wiede has shown that he can dominate one day the German rear area, and also in some situations, against Norway, he trumped with bold distance throws and passes. Federal coach Prokop and his team seem to have messed up EM a year ago, better together found. All of this is a lot of value.

And still the tournament is not over. “We all had a dream. We wanted to be world champion. The dream is over,” said the Bohemian, with a strong voice, and after a short Pause, he added: “Now we want to Bronze.”

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