France thwarts the German trap and joins the last four of the competition
After a kick-off with a delay of about twenty minutes The Blues in the game and won against Germany (35-28). France will meet Sweden for a place in the final.
Guillaume Gille’s Les Bleus raised their arms and climbed to the semi-finals of the World Cup thanks to their victory over Germany (35-28). However, the first half of the encounter was very complicated for the French team, mistreated by its opponent’s defense and in particular by the German goalkeeper, Andreas Wolff. The French quickly fall behind in the 15th minute of play with four goals (7-11).
But little by little, the Tokyo Olympic champions nibbled on their slowdown before indulging in a real “mano a mano” during the first act. At halftime, the French and Germans separated back to back (16-16, 30th).
At the start of the second half, Andreas Wolff continued to be disgusted by the three-color offensives … before it was Remi Desbonnet who multiplied to string together the parades during the second act. Author of 12 saves, the 30-year-old substitute goalkeeper was the “X factor” in the Blues’ awakening and victory in this quarter-final.
In its wake, the French took the lead in scoring before widening the gap with wear until the end of the game. In the end, Dika Mem and his family won (35-28) and offered two extra games to get a medal.
A startup delay
This quarter-final between France and Germany, scheduled for 8:30 p.m., started promptly at 8:52 p.m. A 22-minute delay caused by the game between Norway and Spain where the two teams needed two overtimes to decide.
In the end, the Spaniards took over (35-34) and will face Denmark for a place in the final. The French team will challenge Sweden on Friday, January 27 (9 p.m.).
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