Germany vs France (Women Handball) by 20Legend
Germany impressed a lot during their opening game against the heavy favorite Netherlands (27-30). After Netherlands taking charge from the early stage, Germany was able to ease their way into the game as the first half came towards an end. Netherlands led almost all the way in the first half with a margin of five goals at the most. However, Germany responded strongly before halftime and made it only one goal behind (14-13) after 30 minutes.
It all started well for Netherlands in the second half as they took charge and quickly went up by four goals again. However, Germany responded heroically once again, but this time they took over the initiative. Instead of falling behind once more, goalkeeper Clara Woltering and the defense made it impossible for Netherlands to score all of a sudden. Instead, Germnay went from two goals behind over to two goals ahead in no time at all. Netherlands looked shocked and was never able to respond as Germany only kept on going being direct in their approach.
France got the start that they hoped for against Poland (31-22) in their first match. It was never a doubt where both points were going to end, but it was all about how much France would score instead. It was the solid first half that set the pace as well with their robust defensive play only allowing Poland to score nine goals in the first 30 minutes. With 15-9 at halftime, things kept going in the second half as well. France continued being effective offensively as they have struggled to do on a regular basis in the recent tournaments, while their defensive play was a level lower compared to the first half. Poland did get more hold of the ball and got the initiative in the dying minutes as France was comfortable by winning the game.
Germany surprised me a lot in the game against Netherlands given that they have some important missing’s, combined with an inexperienced team on paper here. However, they are not afraid to try and it definitely succeeded against Netherlands. France did as expected, but a winning margin of nine goals shows strength. I expect Germany to try build on their recent performance as they come in as a heavy underdog here as well. France must be able to keep their offensive momentum going in all of their games here, and their solid defense must be at the level from the first half against Poland in order to calm things down against aggressive Germans. However, I expect the total of 47 goals to be crossed tonight.