Germany's handball women have won the play-off second leg against Croatia 25:21 (14: 9) and secured their participation in the World Cup finals from 30 November to 15 December in Japan. In the first leg the team played 24:24.
After a good start, the German game got a break early. However, the team recovered in the middle of the first half. In the second half, the Croatians, against whom the DHB team had prevailed in 2001 and 2003 in the World Cup playoffs, began strong. It was thanks to a strong defense that Germany won the game in the end.
“Our defense was the key to success today,” said coach Henk Groener. In addition to goalkeeper Alicia Stolle, goalkeeper Dinah Eckerle, who said after the match, that the team was “happy that we made it and can travel to Japan,” was especially brilliant.
DHB Sport Board Axel Kromer emphasized after the final whistle the importance of success. “World Cup participation is very important, because a big tournament will be a huge hit on the young players,” he said, looking ahead to the big opportunity to win a World Cup. “We now have the chance to win the ticket to the Olympics.”
In Japan, the German handball women with a good performance can secure the participation in the Summer Games 2020 in Tokyo.