Entrerríos, in an action of the match against Germany.Khaled Elfiqi / POOL / .
Spain grabbed a capital victory against Germany (32-28) in their aspirations to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Such was the joy at the end of the game and the rush suffered in the second half that even the coach, Jordi Ribera, a restrained man with a serious gesture, celebrated in a circle hugging his assistants displaying an indisputable smile. The encounter was not final, but it did look quite like a Rubicon. Winning meant almost definitely leaving the Germans by the wayside and staying very close to the next station, the quarters, the minimum objective. The selection now has five points, by the six from Hungary, the four from Poland and the two from Germany with two days still ahead. Brazil (1) and Uruguay (0) are out. The first two are classified. On Saturday (15.30, Tdp) the weak South American team awaits you.
The duel was decided in the last section thanks to a great reaction when the match had taken a dark color. After a good first half (16-13), Germany climbed to their beards and placed three up (22-25 in the 44th minute). “Gentlemen, you have to defend well,” Ribera demanded of his boys, lost at this point in the crash. And, against the wall, the Raúl Entrerríos lighthouse reappeared to lift a downcast team. He was joined by the production of Ángel Fernández (six goals), another key man in this World Cup, Álex Dujshebaev (5) and a four-handed goal. If in the first part Corrales marked the step (nine interventions), in the second Pérez de Vargas did it (five, with 41% accuracy). All this was necessary to subdue a brave Germany, which, despite the many casualties with which it has gone to Egypt, remained standing while its legs held.
Spain got under way with no room for dispersal. In a squad with so many battles behind them, everyone was clear about the path and from the first minute they got to it. In the first half, everything worked according to plan. Almost always supported by a 5-1 defense, the national team worked hard to close the Teutonic routes, especially Dux’s mobility, which was very threatening at the beginning. The head of the rear, Viran Morros, covered as much space as possible and, under the sticks, Rodrigo Corrales multiplied.
Insurance behind, in attack Spain punished whenever it could to the counter and, if it saw the option, in quick actions after the center kicks. And, when he played static, Entrerríos made sure that things flowed. The match had a lot of rhythm against a great rival and the team was finding ways and depth of resources with the Dujshebaev brothers, Cañellas, Ángel Fernández and Solé. All of this translated into halftime with a 16-13 advantage.
The Germans, who tightened the nuts very seriously at the start of the second half, were not daunted. They hit their first five attacks, led by Hafner (six goals in total) and Kastening (7), and regained command of the match (19-20, minute 38). Spain had lost the oremus in defense and was not able to stop the German surge, which reached three goals (21-24, minutes 43). But at that critical moment, the usual one emerged, the great captain, who scored another three goals almost in a row and, with the collaboration of Ángel Fernández, Álex Dujshebaev, Pérez de Vargas and a once again adjusted defense, the selection was seen again above (27-25, minute 49). The collapse had changed pavement and even Schiller was missing from seven meters.
The meeting was no longer reversed. The national team recovered the thread and did not leave it. A 10-3 run in the final quarter of the game (22-25 to 32-28) settled the issue and gave the Hispanics a victory worth double. Spain hit a double jump in the championship – that’s how everyone on the track celebrated it, including Jordi Ribera – and already sees the quarters close after a tournament start with doubts and some fear.
Spain, 32 – Germany, 28
Spain: Corrales (P), Pérez de Vargas (P); Entrerríos (4), Sarmiento (2), Maqueda (2), Á. Dujshebaev (5), Cañellas (2), Morros (-), D. Dujshebaev (3), Solé (5, 3 pen), Gómez (1), Fernández (6), Ariño (-), Figueras (2) , Guardiola (-) and Marchán (-).
Germany: Wolff (P), Bitter (P); Gensheimer (3), Golla (4), Knorr (1), Firnhaber (-), Weber (2), Haefner (6), Schiller (3 pen), Kuhn (-), Bohm (-), Preuss (- ), Kastening (7), Schmidt (-) and Drux (2).
Partials every five minutes: 1-1, 5-4, 9-6, 11-9, 13-10, 16-13; 18-17, 20-22, 23-25, 27-25, 30-26 and 32-28.
Referees: M. Gubica and B. Milosevic. They excluded two minutes to D. Dujshebaev, Ariño, Morros, Bohm and Drux. Firnhaber was expelled for three exclusions.
New Capital Sports Hall, in Cairo.