Kolding (dpa) – At the latest at breakfast, the national coach finally wants to focus on the group final.

Although everything is still possible for the German handball players at the European Championship, Henk Groener initially struggled with the narrow defeat against the world champion. After the 27:28 against the Netherlands in the second main round game, the 60-year-old was initially annoyed by the negligence of his team.

Groener was especially dissatisfied with the defensive performance of his team. But he also knew that, despite everything, today, Tuesday evening (6.15 p.m.) against Croatia, everything is at stake – namely making it to the semi-finals at the tournament in Denmark.

It would be the first time since 2008 that a German team would succeed. “It’s all still there,” said goalkeeper Dinah Eckerle. A win by two goals would certainly be enough for the DHB squad for the semi-final ticket. If the Dutch women surprisingly lose to Romania in advance, a victory with one goal would be enough.

“I assume that the team will also show that they want to tackle the game with more courage and more speed,” said Groener immediately appealing to his team. “We are fighting for the semi-finals.” If Eckerle stands up just as well as against the Dutch women, the chances must be great.

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