World Cup prelude as desired: Invincible DHB goalkeeper holds victory

              Saturday, November 30, 2019

              The German handball players play at the World Cup in Japan not only to the best possible placement. It's also about a ticket to the Olympics. With the win against Brazil, dominated by the goalkeeper Dinah Eckerle, succeeds a perfect debut.
              When matchwinner Dinah Eckerle was named player of the match, her teammates drummed their hands enthusiastically on the floor of the hall. The outstanding goalkeeper of the German champion SG BBM Bietigheim had secured the German handball women with 17 parades, including three seven-meter, the 30:24 (14:11) -air victory at the World Cup in Japan against Panamerican champions Brazil. "That was just awesome," said 24-year-old Eckerle after her performance at the Yamaga City Overall Gymnasium. Again and again Eckerle pulled the South Americans in a long open game with their reflexes the tooth. Decisive probably at the score of 15:13 at the beginning of the second half, when she parried a seven-meter by Alexandra Martinez. Prompt drew the selection of the German Handball Association (DHB) to 18:13 of it. "So we played into a frenzy, with Kempa trick and more, that's how I want to see us play," added Eckerle. "Still room for improvement" National coach Henk Groener, of course, still finds something to improve. (Photo: imago images / wolf-sportfoto) Facilitated was also coach Henk Groener, whose contract had been extended on the day before the first group match until 31 December 2020. "We are happy that we started with a win, which was a great start, but there is still room for improvement," said the Dutchman. He did not know "what to expect" before the match. The game had been closer than the results say, said Groener and looked on the podium of the press conference with an approving look to the left to his goalkeeper. He knew whom he had to thank. "With a towering Dinah Eckerle in goal, not much can happen in the back," said Groener. But the other parts of the team also worked over long distances. Especially the fast turnover game was a trump card. Seven out of eight counterattacks led to hits, defense and attack allowed only temporary weaknesses. In addition, the bills stung. So brought Groener for the sometimes hapless Emily Bölk in the back room Shenia Minevskaja. The thanked and met as well as Alicia Stolle four times. Best launcher was Russia legionary Julia Behnke with six goals from the Kreis.In the heavy preliminary group B is outsider Australia on Sunday (10 clock / next German opponent. Then handball heavyweight Denmark (3 December), World and European Champions France (4 December) and Asian champions South Korea (6 December) are waiting for the DHB selection. Only the top three teams move into the main round. In Japan, there is also a possible Olympic ticket for Germany: In order to be present at a qualifying tournament for Tokyo 2020, the European Championship tithe must reach a place among the top seven at the World Cup.