Handball Bundesliga: TVB Stuttgart sniffs victory

Handball Bundesliga: TVB Stuttgart sniffs victory

Handball BundesligaTVB Stuttgart sniffs victory

Newcomer Kai Häfner gets up to speed (too) late.Photo: Press photo Baumann/Julia Rahn

In the end, the team lost to the favored foxes Berlin, but there was more in it.

Sport: Joachim Klumpp (ump)

The late start ended up being a false start. After the TVB Stuttgart had to pause in the handball Bundesliga on the first day of the game, it didn’t work out on Friday evening with the win against the favored foxes Berlin. “It feels very bitter at first,” said TVB trainer Michael Schweikardt after 29:30 (16:16). “We were close to something countable.”

Goalkeeper Silvio Heinevetter had said against his ex-club: “If we bring our strengths to the field, we have a chance.” This included the goalkeeper himself (38 percent catch quota), after Miljan Vujovic did not save a ball in the first quarter of an hour. But with Heinevetter the defense stabilized, and up front the fast counterattacks, especially by Daniel Fernandez (7/1), also helped. After a 6:0 run, the TVB was suddenly 15:14 (26th) ahead.

After the change, the guests led again by three goals, but TVB never gave up. In the final phase, newcomer Kai Häfner also got going and with his four goals (nine attempts) kept the game open in front of the 4414 spectators in the Porsche Arena until the end.

Now the games against the newly promoted Balingen will follow on Tuesday away and at home against Eisenach. Managing Director Jürgen Schweikardt: “Games that we can win.” Better: must

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