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Impressive performance: Germany celebrates em title

Impressive performance: Germany celebrates em title

Title defense: With a 4:1 (11:7, 11:6, 9:11, 11:7, 11:7) victory over Austria, the German men's national fistball team defended its title at the European Championships. For six players from the squad of national coach Olaf Neuenfeld it was the first European Championship title.

It is the eternally young duel - Germany against Austria: national coach Olaf Neuenfeld initially sends Patrick Thomas, Maximilian Lutz, Kevin Schmalbach, Jaro Jungclaussen and Oliver Kraut onto the pitch for the European Championship final. And the team is highly concentrated right from the start, defends strongly and takes a 3:0 lead. This is the forecast that bookmakers had the highest odds on the site online cricket betting. The German team is always successful with short balls and extends the lead to 7:3. However, the defending champion did not secure the set yet. The longer the set lasts, the more stable the Austria defense becomes. At 6:7 Austria is up, Neuenfeld takes a time-out. This had an effect: at 10:7 there were three set points, after a gripping rally an attack by Gustav Gürtler got caught in the line.

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Austria reacts and brings in Karl Mühllehner and Maximilian Huemer for Gürtler and Jean Andrioli. But the duo can't make the game tighter at first. Instead, Maxi Lutz draws attention to himself, not only defensively protects strongly, but also scores with a ball on the baseline, in addition, Austria loses a few balls. Thus, the Neuenfeld-Fün fights for a 7:2 lead, which they bring to the end of the set. A short ball from Patrick Thomas brings five set points. The first lands in the line, then Thomas scores with an ace just in front of the baseline.

The defending champion runs after an early deficit in section three (2:5). Austria now saves almost every ball and is successful with short balls. Germany takes a time-out and brings in new personnel with Johannes Jungclaussen (for Lutz) and Fabian Sagstetter (for Schmalbach). With them, the German team shortens the gap to 4:6, but after that, Austria dominates the match again, leading 9:5 in the meantime. But the defending champion fights back impressively (8:9), Austria takes a time-out. But it was no use, Thomas equalized with an impressive angled ball. In the end, however, the set goes to Austria. Mühllehner scores on the left side, the following serve goes out of bounds.

The fourth set starts evenly. Austria is in the lead, but Germany keeps up and is in front for the first time at 5:4 and quickly extends to 6:4. Austria comes back to within one point after a Mühllehner point via Patrick Thomas, but then Germany escapes. A hard hit by Thomas on the baseline brought four set points. Germany then converts the second one for a 3:1 lead.

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After a ten-minute break, set number five begins. Austria has once again brought in new personnel. But also due to own mistakes, Germany quickly pulls away (6:1). At 9:3, Austria comes back once more. Thomas and Mühllehner are now even having block duels on the line. At 10:6 there are four match points. The second one landed in the line after an Austrian rebound - Germany was the European Champion.

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