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Handball: WM, Germany - Argentina, main round, group 3, matchday 1 in Spodek Katowice.  Lukas Mertens (l) from Germany cheers next to his teammate Juri Knorr (r).
Things were going really well recently: Lukas Mertens (left) from Germany celebrates with his teammate Juri Knorr. © Jan Woitas/dpa

In the handball World Cup, Germany wants to continue marching towards the quarterfinals. The match against the Netherlands in the live ticker.

Germany – Netherlands 12:10 (-:-)

Germany: Golla, Knorro, Köster, M’Bengue, Weber, Groetzki, Häfner, Wolff, Dahmke, Mertesn, Ernst, Birlehm, Steinert, Kohlbacher, Drux, Witzke
Penalty minutes: 2/2

25 minutes: Wolff for against Smits.

23 minutes: Golla answers directly to Steins. 11:10. Then Köster goes up and brings Germany two goals ahead.

22 minutes: Stavast scores from behind on the right to make it 10:9.

minute 21: Groetzki hits the top left corner to make it 10:8 before Olsson takes a timeout.

19 minutes: Three goals in quick succession: 9:8 now for Germany. Köster, ten Velde and then Groetzki.

18 minutes: The German defense falters again. Benghamen uses that and it’s a draw again: 7:7.

17 minutes: Knorr at 7:6.

16 minutes: Steijnen in the empty net – and the Dutch equalized again – 6:6. Meanwhile, Smits has injured his throwing hand and is being treated.

Germany moves away

15 minutes: Steins doesn’t need a lot of space: a great goal from the Dutchman who finds a little space and scores to make it 6:5. Weber then receives a time penalty.

14 minutes: Germany goes away – Golla with a strong action and the 6:4. Jansen has to go down for two minutes.

13 minutes: Wolff again with a strong save, maintains the lead for Germany.

11 minutes: Knorr does better on the other side: 5:4 and Germany’s first lead.

10 minutes: Smits misses a seven-meter goal past goalkeeper Wolf.

9 minutes: There remains a duel at eye level. Baijens with 4:3, Knorr equalizes immediately.

7 minutes: It comes and goes: The Netherlands makes it 3:3 through Smits, but Germany immediately equalizes through Köster. 3:3.

Knorr stays fresh with 7-meter throw

6 minutes: Seven meters for Germany. Knorr takes over and stays calm – 2:2.

5 minutes: Köster tries it with a jump shot, above.

4th minute: First goal now for the Germans by Köster.

3rd minute: The Dutch are very motivated from the start. 2-0 after a counterattack by Smits!

1st minute: Here we go! And the Netherlands take a direct 1-0 lead through Versteijnen.

20:23: Enter the German team.

19:39: Co-favourite Norway and African champion Egypt have reached the quarterfinals at the World Handball Championship at the same time. On the penultimate day of group 3 of the German main round, the Norwegians effortlessly celebrated 30:17 (14:9) against Asian champions Qatar. After 26:22 (13:9) against Bahrain in their strong main round group 4, the Egyptians can no longer be kicked out of the top two places.

In addition to Norway and Egypt, European champions and co-hosts Sweden, as well as Olympic champions France and European runners-up Spain have already been confirmed as participants in the knockout round. Egypt’s hottest contender for second place in the quarterfinals in the group is defending champions Denmark, and Croatia still have theoretical chances after beating Belgium 34:26 (21:13).

Meanwhile, the Serbian handball players celebrated a 28:22 (12:10) win against Argentina in the German group and now have 4:4 points. However, it is highly unlikely that they will reach the quarter-finals, as the Serbs rely on support on several occasions.

7:25 p.m.: It’s done: the German team tweets about final preparations for the match.

The DHB team shakes up the quarterfinals

Munich – The quarter-finals are approaching, but the stakes are higher: if Germany handball player In the World Cup this Saturday night (8:30 pm / ZDF) against the Netherlands, there is a lot of prestige at stake. Above all, it is about the long-awaited ticket for the knockout round. “Now we have two finals in the quarterfinals,” said defenseman Paul Drux, looking forward to the first of two match point games.

For the team of national coach Alfred Gislason, a victory in the duel of neighbors would be equivalent to a premature entry into the quarterfinals. “It will take a few more years for explosiveness to come to football,” said left winger Lukas Mertens, “but dueling has become more and more important in recent years.”

Oranje has been convincing so far: the Netherlands team has rocked the World Cup with insouciance and incredible speed in their second World Cup participation after 1961. The victories against Argentina and Qatar, but above all the defeat for the match against Norway, tournament favourite, caused a stir. “We don’t want to upset Germany or keep up with the pace, we want to win,” said HSV Hamburg’s Dani Baijens backcourt player. Morgenpost Burger: “We dare to beat them, but it will be super difficult.”

Lots of self-confidence after a winning streak with the DHB team

Things are going even better for Germany. The selection of the German Handball Federation (DHB) feels a lot of tailwind after four victories in the four previous games, especially the 39:19 thrashed by Argentina builds self-confidence in the German camp. “It’s a lot of fun to play handball,” Mertens said.

The SC Magdeburg winger is an important part of the DHB-Express, who have so far shone like the Netherlands with spectacular high-speed handball in their appearances in Katowice. So the speed seems guaranteed. “It will be a quick game,” promises Mertens and demands: “We have to keep up.”

Yes, the DHB men have respect. But the confidence in your own strength is there. Who plays faster? “We,” said the Berliner. Above all, the German team “may have the advantage of being able to rotate more.” If Drux and company really manage to win the next game on Saturday night, the last game of the main round against Norway on Monday (8:30 pm / ARD) would only be a better training game for the knockout round. (cgsc with dpa)

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