Opposed to the United States in raising the curtain of the Portugal-Germany gala match, for the 75 years of the Luxembourg Handball Federation, the Grand Duchy lost (24-30). Nikola Malesevic’s men were playing their second friendly of the week after a 21-39 loss against Portugal on Wednesday.
On Friday, faced with a more affordable opponent that they will meet again on Saturday for a second friendly match (6 p.m.), Luxembourg is struggling to meet them, conceding a scathing entry (0-4). Returned to a point from the Americans after two goals from Aldin Zekan (7-8), the Grand Duchy has never managed to come back to the height of its opponent, including a series of strikes on the amounts in a first act that the States United finished four points ahead (9-13).
“With a little time, the results will improve”
Upon returning from the locker room, the gap gradually widened to stabilize around 8 points. Despite the good offensive performances of Tommy Wirtz (6 goals) and Yann Hoffman (5 goals) and the support of the public from the Arena de La Coque, Luxembourg have never been able to win and s tilt (24-30).
“We cannot say that we are disappointed after this match because we have new players who have yet to integrate, analyzes Yann Hoffmann. We’ve only had a week of training together so far, it’s too short for a former team. But I am sure that with a little time the results will improve. It’s nice to play here. This is the first time, even though I have been playing handball for 25 years. ”
(Nicolas Grellier / The essential)
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