Main round start at the European Handball Championship: German handball women can continue to dream of the semi-finals – SPIEGEL ONLINE


The national selection of German women's handball has clearly prevailed in the first major game of the group 29:23 (17: 9) against Spain. The best pitchers for the national team coach Henk Groener were Emily Bölk, Meike Schmelzer and Angie Geschke with four goals each.

The German team showed a good first half. Goalkeeper Dinah Eckerle defended nine of the Spaniards in the first 30 minutes alone. The decisive factor was a nine-minute break in the score of the Spaniards, with which the selection of the DHB fell from 8: 6 to 13: 6. In the second half, the Spaniards, who in the last minutes played outnumbered, could shorten the detachment. However, it was not enough for the victory.

Due to the success achieved in Nancy, the DHB selection in Group II with 4: 2 points was ranked third in the standings (behind the Netherlands and Romania) and can hope for the first semi-final participation in ten years. The first two teams of each of the six main groups qualify for the semifinals on December 14th in Paris, the third place for the match for fifth place on the same day in the French capital.

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Schedule changes to "yellow vests"

The political protests underway in France have an impact on the game plan of the European championship. For security reasons, the European Handball Federation (EHF), in coordination with the organizing committee, postponed Sunday's main round games between Sweden and France (15.00) and Serbia and Russia (18.00) on Sunday in Nantes. According to EHF, demonstrations of the protest movement of "yellow jackets" are scheduled for Saturday near the XXL room in Nantes.

The German national team will play against the 12th Hungary European Championship on Sunday at 15:00 and against the European Vice-Champion Netherlands on Wednesday (21:00, both games on


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