The newly formed team of national coach Alfred Gislason won on Friday evening (05.11.2021) against the World Cup tenth with 30:28 (18:13) and thus celebrated a successful restart.
Seven players made their debut in the DHB team at the gala game on Friday evening in Luxembourg. After the resignation of long-time captain Uwe Gensheimer, the German team was led onto the field for the first time by his successor Johannes Golla.
Klimpke is strong
Nevertheless, the German team quickly found their rhythm and were ahead with three goals for the first time at 6: 3 (8th minute). Goalkeeper Till Klimpke from HSG Wetzlar was a strong support in his sixth international match and gave his front men additional security with several saves.
In the attack, Sebastian Heymann and David Schmidt in particular generated the hoped-for pressure from the back area. In addition, Kastening shone as an ice-cold enforcer. The reward was a five-goal lead in the middle of the first half. Gislason watched the performance of his protégés on the sidelines with a visibly satisfied, especially since the DHB team did not rest on the comfortable cushion.
Heymann injury spoils the joy
Well-known weaknesses only crept in towards the end of the first half. Slight ball losses and chances let the Portuguese come up to two goals at 14:12. Gislason responded with a break, during which he got his team back on track.
Shortly before the break, there was a moment of shock for the German team: Backcourt ace Heymann, who had hit four times by then, bent over and hobbled off the field. The 24-year-old from Frisch Auf Göppingen stayed on the bench after the move.