Euro 2016

Broch: “We didn’t fight enough!”

Broch: “We didn’t fight enough!”

Opinions from the winning side:

Michael Biegler (GER) – Germany coach

“A huge compliment to my players, who showed a great morale. We are on our way to the home World Championship 2017, and we know that we need some time. But I saw a great fighting spirit against a strong opponent. My players work hard and today they earned the reward for the work of the last two weeks.”

Anne Hubinger (GER) – right back

“It’s a great feeling! It’s the start of the tournament and the first match is very important. We didn’t perform at our best in the first half but the second was really great! We had a lot of fun and now we are the winners! That’s great! I sat on the bench and I thought the match was over for me and then the coach send me back on court again. I couldn’t think about it but I made it. The energy and the emotions – that’s were the important things today that we are trying to take to the next match.”

Anna Loerper (GER) – centre back

“Having a little less pressure is a bit of an advantage for us as a young team. And of course it is much more fun to win. And we did it today and hopefully we will go on. Our defence was a little bit better in the end so we could score through counter attacks much more and play a bit faster than in the first half. We are on the right track in terms of our development. The result is a surprise to me, but we beat the Netherlands with their own weapons, speed and a high efficiency in attack after we had reduced the high number of mistakes. Now we continue working and focus on France.”

Opinions from the losing side:

Helle Thomsen (DEN) – Netherlands coach

“Of course we are disappointed. We wanted to win. But our defense and goalkeeping was not strong enough in the crucial parts of the match. It is good that we only have two days until the next as we need to play.”

Lois Abbingh (NED) – left back

“I think we started pretty well but the Germans already came back in the first half. Today I think we didn’t have the mentality to break them when we had the chance. We knew that they would fight during 60 minutes but still we didn’t do a great job in the second half. We missed too many chances in front of the goalkeeper to get 5 or 6 goals ahead. Everyone is disappointed but we have to continue because we have another match in two days and we have to win both games left if we want to have a chance in the main round.”

Yvette Broch (NED) – line player

“I really don’t know what happened. We didn’t fight enough, especially in the second half. We prepared very well I think and we didn’t underestimate our opponent. Of course, Germany didn’t play the Olympics but also the other teams have the same problem. Every one is a little bit tired; it’s the reason why we lost today. We really didn’t fight enough.”

Danick Snelder (NED) – line player

“In the second half we shot really bad. We had some chances to make the difference bigger. We didn’t take them and then they came back. We made some terrible mistakes in the defense and they got some easy goals. Of course, we will also try to take the good things from this match and take it to the next one, but we will also talk about what was not so good.”

Source: European Handball Federation

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