Thanks to a strong defense after the break, Frisch Auf Göppingen secured important points in the fight for the European Cup places with the 25:23 at HC Erlangen. A newcomer is actively helping to compensate for Sebastian Heymann’s absence.
Handball Bundesliga team Frisch Auf Göppingen scored two important away points in the fight for fifth place: At HC Erlangen, coach Hartmut Mayerhoffer’s team won 25:23 (14:15). The best throwers in front of 3345 spectators in the Nürnberger Versicherungen Arena were Marcel Schiller (5/2), Tim Kneule, Tobias Ellebaek and Kevin Gulliksen (4 each).
Important goalkeeper saves
“It was a terrific team effort, our defense fought until we dropped and defended Erlangen’s seven-a-side game with a superior number in the last quarter of an hour,” said Frisch-Auf keeper Daniel Rebmann. The national goalkeeper did his part. When the score was 19:19 (45th) and also when he was 22:19 in the lead (49th), the 28-year-old made two very strong saves, fending off a total of ten balls. In addition, Rebmann’s colleague Urh Kastelic saved a seven-meter save in this crucial phase. When the HCE reduced the lead to 23:24 with 40 seconds left, Frisch Auf kept his head cool and the Dane Ellebaek put the lid on six seconds before the end.
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Josip Sarac convinces
Göppingen scored its sixth away win without playmaker Janus Smarason (muscular problems) and Sebastian Heymann, the national player was absent due to an infection in his right shoulder. New signing Josip Sarac helped replace him, particularly in the inner block – and the Croatia international did superbly in his second game after tearing his cruciate ligament.
Overall, Hartmut Mayerhoffer was satisfied with his team’s performance: “Today was a very intense game and we are very happy with the win. In the first half we had problems with the HCE backcourt. In the second half we put up a good defense and only conceded eight goals. We always found solutions in attack,” praised the fresh-up coach. “In the end it was a deserved win, mainly because we were missing important players in Sebastian Heymann and Janus Smarason.”
Now comes HBW
Next up for Frisch Auf is the home derby in the EWS Arena on April 3 (4:05 p.m.) against HBW Balingen-Weilstetten.
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HC Erlangen Jeppsson 6/3, Sellin 4, Zechel 4/1, Fäth 3, Metzner 3, Bissel 1, Firnhaber 1, Link 1.
Fresh on Göppingen 5/2 Schiller, 4 Ellebaek, 4 Kneule, 4 Gulliksen, 3 Hermann, 2 Kozina, 1 Bagersted, 1 Sarac, 1 Zelenovic.