Passports, Magic Gates and a superb Niklas Landin: Co-host and co-favorite Denmark has started with a spectacular goal party in the World Cup.
Nikolaj Jacobsen was taken. Even the Bundesliga champion coach had never experienced such a thing.” I dreamt of this when I promised to become a Danish national trainer,”said the 46-year-old after the 39:16 (22:4) edge of the co-host in his World Cup opening game against Chile:”It was only to make such experiences, We did last night.”
The impressive performance at the World Cup start played only a minor role. The famous atmosphere in front of 12.500 spectators in the Royal Arena of Copenhagen had deeply touched Jacobsen, who also trains the Rhine-Neckar lions.” It was great,”he said, talking about a goose. Berlin’s goalkeeper Hans Lindberg taught him: “It was wild.”
Wild was not only the mood on the ranks but also the Danish game. With high-speed handball par excellence, the Olympic winner dominated from the start and gave an almost perfect first half a first taste of his potential. The desire for the World Cup title is great in the country of the two-time European champion. In their home tournament, the Danes finally want to defeat their WM curse and take up the WM crown for the first time. Just not again the second such as 1967, 2011 and 2013, is the motto.
A decisive part in the 22:4 leadership for the break had the defensive around the superb Niklas Landin. The goalkeeper of the German record champion THW Kiel nailed his goal straight and held fabulous 71 percent of all the pitches before being replaced at half-time and made way for the Magdeburg Jannick Green.
But also the Danish tempo game around Superstar Mikkel Hansen (seven hits) tore the fans from their seats. Only in the first section twelve clicked (!) Countermeasures to the almost pitiful Chileans. Highlight of the Torgala of “Danish Dynamite”: A rear-mounted fast-forward attack by left-handed Casper Mortensen, who advanced with eight goals in eight attempts also for the best goal guard of his team.
“I did not train it at all. It was something my father once told me,”Mortensen told me of his sorcerer after a long pass from Landin:”He likes to talk about the gatekeepers, and he said, when I come at full speed far to the right, There is always room in the gate.”
In the second half the Danes took it much quieter. Coach Jacobsen happily switched to save strength for the next tournament. The next opponent on the mission WM title is on Sunday in Herning Africa Champion Tunisia.