"The bottom line is that it will be difficult." Vincent Gerard has no strings in his hands. In addition to the unmistakable qualities of handball goalkeeper, which he brought to a halt on Friday, January 11, during the difficult participation in France during the World Cup 2019 against Brazil, the gatekeeper of the French team knew perfectly the art of synthesis. Difficult, the meeting was against the Brazilians. Double title defense, the handball of the French team struggles to take the best of the South Americans, relying on the heroic deeds of their gatekeeper to achieve a short lead (24-22).
In contrast to "An atypical team, offers a defense a bit of Spanish"as well Valentin Porte analyzed on the microphone of BeIN Sports after the meeting, the Blues, "Not completely drained" have multiplied inaccuracies but "Avoided the worst". Fourteen ball loss came to punish the poorly insured passes of teammates Kentin Mahé, the access to the position of half in the middle brought together. This was usually reserved for Nikola Karabatic, a maestro whose team from France was robbed in the official competition for the first time since 2003.
"We had a complicated start"recognized the player from Flensburg-Handewitt. A formula that can be applied at the meeting as for the competition. Despite an unmistakable resemblance of the Spanish coach of Brazil with Jean Reno, the spectators of the Berlin arena had no right to great blues.
The Blues enlarge the opening and stop playing
Unlike Brazilians who are apparently determined to erase the world's 2017 runner (31-16), France has been racing long ahead in the lead, while keeping it within shooting range. Under the leadership of a Jose Toledo on fire (seven goals), the Brazilians made a better start than the French. But at the end of the first period, the latter benefited the advantage for the first time in the match before finishing (16-13 in the break).
In the absence of Nikola Karabatic to restore the defense and to attract him, the game of the Blues was as expected. Less on the track than in the presence of the Parisian star, the backs have turned the ball more towards the wings. And Michaël Guigou benefited from it. Author of six goals (on just as many shots in the game, his only missed being on jet of seven meters), the veteran of the team (36 years) has noticed a contest entry.
"At the end of the first period we managed to make a small hole and we wanted to continue like that, but there were a lot of inaccuracies, ball loss and we put them all in the game alone", grieved Valentin Porte. After perfectly negotiating a double-numerical inferiority – thanks to a Vincent Gerard founded in the new Berlin wall – starting second period and having taken six goals in advance, the Blues have stopped playing. "We relaxed, I think unconsciously, noticed the French doorman. We began to miss shots, we got bullets, we got some less balloons and in the euphoria of the meeting they got tied back. "
The calm of Vincent Gérard
While the rugged Brazilian defenders of the pruners step off, France takes four consecutive goals, creating the anger of the blue bank. In a room that quickly made the choice for the " little " – or the least dangerous opponent for the German host – the teammates of Dika Mem, author of six goals, spend more than eleven minutes without scoring a goal. And can thank their guard for keeping them floating.
"We could really lean on a Vincent Gérard and we evacuated this famous stress from the beginning of the competition, commented the coach Didier Dinart. It is a slow victory, but it is better to make a bad game and win than to deliver and lose a good performance. "
The end of the game was played with calm. The one who missed the Brazilians and almost got one of the best results in their history. Within three minutes after the end, Borg player missed the opportunity to return to a goal of deviation, falling back into the area at the reception of a magnificent kung fu before he started shooting. This coolness that Vincent Gérard showed at thirty seconds of the deadline, dared an interception in the middle of the field during a Brazilian counterattack to keep the slender nesting two goals apart. And avoid his disappointment when opening.
Before considering their goals – Olympic qualification, an unprecedented third world title in a row – the French still have a long way to go. Nine games, again, they separate from the last Sunday, January 27 in Herning (Denmark). And from Saturday, Serbia is on the path of the Blues. An opponent of a different caliber. "It will also be difficult", warns Valentin Porte, when his coach hopes that this introduction will change into " a booster injection may be necessary. " As Vincent Gérard says: in this World Cup, "The bottom line is that it will be difficult".
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Next game: France – Serbia, Saturday 12 January at 8.30 pm, at BeIN Sports 3