With a final corner transformed by Lilly Stoffelsma, the German juniors managed to beat the Belgian U21 team 3-2 on Saturday morning in Antwerp and have the test course for the World Cup from December 5th to 16th in the South African Potchefstrom ended with two successes after the game on Friday afternoon already ended 3: 1 for the team of nationalist Akim Bouchouchi.
The DHB squad was without three active players who were on the way to club games in the German intermediate rounds, as well as without Carlotta Sippel, Jette Fleschütz and Jule Bleuel, who will be used in the Pro League against Belgium in the afternoon (2 p.m.) already quite reduced. In addition, the team definitely noticed the tough week of the course. “All the more respect for the fact that the girls showed an impressive will and won the match with the final corner,” said Bouchouchi after the game, which at the end of the coming week will not yet finally nominate the World Cup squad, but will be reduced before the last World Cup course.
Belgium reacted after the 1: 3 on the previous day with good grip and a good passing game, on which the DHB selection did not get enough pressure, especially in the first half. Therefore, the opening goal at the break, which Anne Sophie van den Borre artistically pushed overhead into the German goal after a deflected penalty corner, was not entirely undeserved. Stine Kurz had the chance to equalize two minutes later with a seven-meter throw, but failed because of the hosts’ responsive Schluddfrau.
The Mannheim defense chief made it better in the 36th minute when she got a penalty corner from Pauline Heinz and made it 1-1 with a flick. Four minutes later, the Belgians took the lead back in the person of Noa Scheurs, who stabbed a flat backhandball to make it 2-1 (40th). But the DHB team was clearly on the trigger in the second half, and above all managed to intercept two out of three Belgian attacks during the construction phase. The 2: 2 in the 50th minute was therefore logical when Alina Kresken prepared from the left over the baseline and Yara Mandel scrubbed the ball in from the back area.
And now the DHB juniors also wanted victory. After a few good attacks, there was a final corner, which Lilly Stoffelsma used by flattening into the lower right corner to score 3-2. “We can leave this course with a good feeling because a lot of the basic things have already worked well. There are still little things that we can work on now, such as the quality of the ball processing in counter-attack today, which cost us a clear victory has “, summed up the national coach.