The German hockey men have continued their triumphal march and sovereign the final of the World Indoor Championships in Berlin.
In the semifinals, the team kept safe on Saturday with 6: 2 (3: 1) against outsiders Iran the upper hand. For the World Cup title, the German men fight against Austria on Sunday, defeating Australia 2: 1 (1: 1). The DHB ladies followed their male colleagues in the evening by a contested 3: 2 (1: 1) against strong Weisserussinnen in the final. There it goes on Sunday against defending champions Netherlands (6: 1 against Ukraine).
In front of a record crowd of 8300 spectators, the outstanding Christopher Rühr (3), Fabian Pehlke, Martin Häner and Ferdinand Weinke met in the Max-Schmeling-Halle for the successful hosts in their seventh tournament match. For the final coach Stefan Kermas gave a clear direction: “There is only one thing: We have to be world champion, everything else would be out of place here!”
Then it will arrive again on scorer Rühr. Although the Cologne awarded a seven-meter in the initial phase, he was the decisive man in the field. Rühr scored his tournament goals 16-18 against Iran and is well on his way to becoming the record holder of the home World Cup. “The mood was outstanding,” he said contentedly.
For the German ladies it was already the second game on Saturday. The team around captain Janne Müller-Wieland had defeated Poland 3-1 (2-0) in the quarterfinals. The Hamburg women Lisa Altenburg (2) and Marie Mävers scored the goals for the hosts. In the late game against Belarus Nike Lorenz from Mannheim and again Altenburg and Mävers met for the until the end required DHB selection.