Defeat in Wetzlar: I never got into the normal-paced game

Defeat in Wetzlar: I never got into the normal-paced game

Gummersbach – VfL Gummersbach is defeated by HSG Wetzlar after mixed performance – ‘RPP – Outpatient Therapy and Rehabilitation Center’ and AggerEnergie present report on VfL Gummersbach.​​​​​​

By Uli Klein

A few weeks ago, there was no doubt that the Gummersbach handball players would travel to the away game in Wetzlar as clear favorites. But a lot has changed since mid-September: although VfL is still having a remarkably strong season in the handball Bundesliga, a lot has happened to the Hessian hosts in recent months.

[VfL-Coach Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson verzweifelte an den Fehlern seiner Spieler.]

In simple terms: After the catastrophic false start to the new season with 0:8 points and some hard blows on top of that, HSG caught up and headed towards the middle of the table.

Furthermore, a real coup was achieved at the beginning of October, when the “big” THW Kiel was eliminated from the DHB Cup – even away from home in the fjord.

It was therefore clear that a stressful night could await the Oberbergische in Hesse on Monday. And so it came to an unpleasant end for the Oberbergische. The favorite VfL had to deservedly admit defeat to the strong HSG.


HSG Wetzlar – VfL Gummersbach 33:31 (17:13).

Frank Carstens summed it up well. “I think today we brought a little more emotion to the game than our opponents,” said HSG coach Wetzlar, explaining his boys’ surprising 33:31 (17:13) home win on Monday night about the team that was playing so strongly recently VfL Gummersbach.

[Vom Siebenmeterstrich eine Bank: Milos Vujovic.]

Of course, this was only part of the truth, VfL captain Julian Köster highlighted another important aspect of the painfully unnecessary industrial accident from Gummersbach’s point of view in the interview after the heated 60 minutes at the Buderus Arena in Wetzlar: “We were not successful” To put it an equally strong defense as in the last two games.”

But even this assessment only partially explained the blue and white defeat. Instead, after convincing performances in the recent past, the Oberbergische team did not perform as well as they did recently against the top teams from Berlin and Melsungen. VfL’s appearance in twelfth place in the table started promisingly for Oberbergische. Less than three minutes passed before Giorgi Tskhovrebadze and Ole Pregel scored a quick 0-2, but this early phase was in no way intended to dictate the overall direction of the game.

[Lenny Rubin war in der ersten Hälfte nicht zu stoppen für Gummersbachs Defensive.]

Instead, Wetzlar quickly equalized (2:2) and then took control of the game at this early stage. And it was like this: while the home team fought with dedication, the unpleasant bacillus of negligence quickly took root among the guests. In defense they did not have any access – not to defensive shooters Lenny Rubin or Stefan Cavor, nor were they able to effectively stop passes into the circle. The middle block was only partially standing.

And as they also fell behind on rebounds off the post and post or goalkeepers Rebmann (6 saves) and Ivanisevic (4 saves) by half a dozen in the first 30 minutes alone, it was no surprise that the home team had one after just under After 25 minutes, he gained a lead of 14:11. Not least because, in addition to their deficiencies in defense, the Gummersbachers also repeatedly revealed surprisingly unusual deficiencies in their forward movement.

[In den Schlusssekunden kam es noch zu einer kleinen Rudelbildung, die aber ohne Konsequenzen blieb.]

Circle runners Ellidi Vidarsson and Kristjan Horzen repeatedly missed the best opportunities and their colleagues also proved to be late shooters when it came to premium opportunities. Furthermore, “we managed to take VfL out of the rhythm of the game”, explained Rubin before the break.

Even so, Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson’s boys managed to get closer to the home team again. Halfway through the second half of the game, not only did their turn come (23:23/43 and 25:25/49), but they also had the opportunity to take the lead before the decisive moment began. However, the indoor team was already beginning to feel that they were heading towards their second home victory of the season and did not want to let this opportunity be taken away at any cost.

[An den VfL-Fans lag die Niederlage am wenigsten: Sie sorgten für gute Stimmung in der Buderus Arena.]

On the contrary: HSG caught its breath, went ahead at 28:25 and when HSG’s substitute goalkeeper Adnan Suljakovic once again spectacularly prevented a Gummersbach counterattack, the question of the night’s winners was clarified.

Wetzlar: Lenny Rubin (8), Domen Novak (6/3), Vladimir Vranjes (5), Stefan Cavor (4), Magnus Fredriksen, Emil Mellegard (3 each), Nemanja Zelenovic (2), Rasmus Ejlersen, Hendrik Wagner (1 each ). ).

Gummersbach: Milos Vujovic (7/11), Julian Köster, Giorgi Tskhovrebadze (4 each), Miro Schluroff, Ole Pregel (3 each), Lukas Blohme (2), Ellidi Vidarsson, Dominik Mappes, Kristjan Horzen, Tom Kiesler (1 each) .

Time Penalties

6:10 minutes (2x Wagner, Ejlersen – 2x Zeman, Horzen, Vidarsson, Kiesler)

Seven meters

3/4 – 7/7 (Novak fails because of Ivanisevic – Vujovic with confidence)




Andre Kolb/Markus Kauth (Taufkirchen/Augsburg)

Results and table

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