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Monday · 01/09/2017 · 21:17 · dpa, HP DHB, red

Germany with runaway victory against Austria


German coach Dagur Sigurdsson
Photo: Jenny Seidel
It was the dress rehearsal for the European Champion before the start of the World Cup and it was a demonstration - at least in the second half of the match. Germany gained in front of 4,337 spectators in Kassel a 33-16 victory, after a 17-11 at the break Germany won the second half with 16-5. An impressing performance of the team of Dagur Sigurdsson especially in the defence, but the German coach warned: "We are one of the six best teams of the world, but we are not allowed to underestimate our opponents in the preliminary round."

Germany played the last test before the start of the World Cup without Uwe Gensheimer, the winger of Paris Saint-Germain missed the match because of the unexpected bereavements. His father died yesterday and so Gensheimer travelled to his family.

Holger Glandorf made his comeback, the world champion of 2007 made a test with the team but after the duel versus Austria he travelled back to SG Flensburg-Handewitt and started the preparation for the second part of Bundesliga with his club. "I am on stand-by, if the team needs my help, I will be ready", said Glandorf after the match. "He is in a very good performance, but we know that ten games at the World Cup would be too much", said Dagur Sigurdsson.

Germany scored the first two goals but in the following minutes the favourite missed some chances. On the other side Austrian backfielder Nikola Bilyk was on fire, he scored again and again - after eight minutes the score turned from 2-0 to 2-5. Sigurdsson took a time-out and experienced Holger Glandorf tied the match to 6-6. "It was fun to be back in the German team", said the backfielder. The Germans were back in the driver`s seat, at 14-9 the host was five goals ahead and took a 17-11 lead into the cabines.

At the start of the second half Tobias Reichmann scored the first goal and just a few minutes later the favourite was with ten goals ahead, the score was 21-11. Austria took the time-out, but the guests had still big problems to score after the break. After eight minutes Janko Bozovic scored the first Austrian goal in the second half, but now Silvio Heinevetter stepped on the pitch as new goalkeeper. And as Andreas Wolff before he showed great performance, Germany increased the score to 25-12 and 29-14. The question for the winner was answered, at the end Germany won 33-16.

Germany - Austria 33 : 16 (17:11)

Germany:
Wolff, Heinevetter
Lemke, Wiencek (2), Reichmann (4/2), Groetzki (3), Häfner (2), Dahmke (2), Kühn (3), Glandorf (3), Drux (2), Ernst (2), Fäth (4), Kohlbacher (4), Pieczkowski (2)

Austria:
Bauer, Aleksic
Santos (1/1), Bilyk (8), Bozovic (4), Hermann, Frimmel (1/1), Klopcic, Bammer, Zeiner, Schopf, Jelinek (1), Breg, Schiffleitner, Wagner, Neuhold (1), Kirveliavicius


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