France wins against Germany and advances to the semi-finals

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France won on Wednesday by beating Germany in the quarter-finals of the Handball World Cup. The Blues will meet Sweden in the semifinals on Friday.

A replacement for the quarters. The French team qualified for the semi-finals of the World Handball Championship in Gdansk, Poland, on Wednesday, January 25, after beating Germany in pain (35-28), helped by the performance of their second goalkeeper, Rémi Desbonnet.

The Blues, reigning Olympic champions, face Sweden in Stockholm on Friday (beating Egypt 26-22), his executioner in the last four at the previous edition and then again at Euro-2022. A strong opponent, reigning European champion, on his way to a seventh world title.

If the Olympic champions hang a new star on their jerseys on Sunday, they will be able to thank Desbonnet, who had a thorn in the side against Germany, which they had defeated in the two previous confrontations, for the bronze medal at the 2019 World Cup and in swimming pools at the 2021 Olympics.

Thanks to Disbonnet

De Montpellier, of modest size (1.82 m) for the position, began his work in two phases.

In the first, before the break, he slowly warmed up after coming on in place of Gérard, who went off after fifteen minutes without making a single save.

Unlike his counterpart Andreas Wolff, disgusted by the Blues in the first period, he could be happy with a tie at the break (16-16) with only 50% shot success.

The Kielce goalkeeper made almost ten saves before the break, including a double off Nikola Karabatic (10th, 8-5 for Germany) or a spectacular right leg almost at head level against Dika Mem who went off alone in the counterattack (20th).

Desbonnet, 30, made his first save just eight minutes after coming on, but he recovered the machine after two consecutive saves, the second against Patrick Groetzki (29th) launching only against him.

After the break, the substitute goalkeeper was almost impassable for ten minutes (34-43) when taking over, he made seven saves on eight shots.

He initially kept the French team afloat (17-19, 34th), before they took a three-goal lead (23-20, 44th).

Desbonnet (12 saves in the end) disgusted the German shooters and finally secured the Blues victory with two consecutive parries five minutes from the end (30-25).

To triumph over the German youth, the gold nugget Juri Knorr in the lead (5/10), coach Guillaume Gille and his team could also count on another usual substitute, Melvyn Richardson (4/6). The son of former “Barjot” Jackson Richardson was successfully replaced in the first period for his teammate Dika Mem, who failed (3/7 in the end).

The Desbonnet show made it possible to send the last four of the Blues who need all their personnel to beat the Swedes in front of their audience. The Olympic champions will still need a great goalkeeper, unlike the Germans.

With AFP

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