As expected, the German water polo players also lost their second group game at the swimming world championships. The selection of coach Petar Porobic lost to the 2017 world champion Croatia on Thursday in Debrecen by 9:13 (1:4, 1:4, 2:2, 5:3).
Presented themselves too strongly for the German team: the Croatian water polo players.
Two days earlier the newly formed German team had lost 11:12 to Japan. The top scorer for Germany was Lukas Küppers, who scored three times. Fynn Schütze (2), Denis Strelezkij (2), Mark Gansen and Zoran Bozic scored the other goals.
At the World Cup in Hungary there are nine players in the German squad of 13 who have never been to a World Cup or European Championship. A win against Croatia would have been a huge surprise.
Conversion after resignations and failures
At the end of the group phase, the team will meet Greece, who came second at the Olympics, on Saturday. Germany did not take part in the summer games in Tokyo last year and would have missed the World Cup, but had moved up due to the exclusion of the Russian athletes.
Coach Porobic has to rebuild at the World Cup because many top performers like Julian Real, Dennis Eidner or Tobias Preuss had resigned. Berlin’s Marko Stamm and Mateo Cuk are injured. Only four players remained from the team that reached the quarter-finals at the World Cup three years ago.
Küppers: “There was more”
“If you look at the individual quarters, it’s still good to draw with this young team in the third quarter and even win in the last,” said Küppers on the game against the Croatians. It was a next step. “Nevertheless, I think we could have done better today if we were really awake from the start, played through and accepted the duel without fear. But that’s also a learning process.”
Thanks to Greece’s subsequent victory over Japan, Germany is already bottom of the group and can only play for places 13 to 16.