Recap Day 5 – Heading to the SAP Arena: The semifinalists are determined!

Jul 26, 2023

The semifinal matches of the 16th Men’s Fistball World Championship at the SAP Arena have been decided: Brazil will face Germany, while Switzerland and Austria will compete against each other in the second duel. The final for the President’s Cup and the ninth place will be contested between the USA and Namibia.

Brazil – Italy 3:0 (11:7, 11:6, 11:2)
The Italians were unable to handle the powerful game of the Brazilians on the wet ground. The attackers Gabriel Heck, Bruno Arnold, and later Rodrigo Sprandel played almost flawlessly, supported by a solid defense. For Italy, the remaining battle is for fifth place and their next match will be held against Chile on Thursday. Brazil will face Germany in the semifinals on Friday.

Switzerland – Argentina 3:0 (11:3, 11:8, 11:7)
The Swiss team achieved an almost flawless first set with their experienced attacking duo Ueli Rebsamen and Raphael Schlattinger. In the second set, the South Americans put up a fight, staying even at 8:8, but the Swiss secured the set. Argentina mainly scored through their young attacker Nahuel Vener, who made an impression with his strong service. The semifinal clash on Friday will be the classic match between Switzerland and Austria.

Austria secures a spot in the semifinals
Austria – Denmark 3:0 (11:7, 11:3, 11:9)

In the quarterfinal against the surprising team from Denmark, the Danes impressed with powerful attacks and an emotional appearance. However, Austria closed the first set with an ace at 11:7 in just nine minutes. The second set ended decisively at 11:3. In the third set, the Danes improved their game, thrilling the spectators, but they couldn’t secure a set victory.

Germany remains undefeated
Germany – Chile 3:0 (11:5, 11:7, 11:1)

Germany confidently advances to the semifinals, remaining undefeated in sets. Despite initial nervousness, Patrick Thomas especially left his mark on the game. In the first two sets, the Chileans kept pace until the middle of the set, but then Germany went ahead, showcasing their dominance in the third set. The first match point was converted to 11:1 after 50 minutes.


President’s Cup Matches:

Australia defeats Japan for the second time
Australia – Japan 3:0 (11:8, 11:4, 11:8)

Australia secures the second victory over Japan at this World Championship. The Japanese, who gained sympathy in Mannheim, played a strong first set but couldn’t reward themselves with a set win. The third set was balanced. Australia needed four match points to secure the victory and will play against the Czech Republic for 13th place. Japan will face Serbia for 15th place.

Czech Republic triumphs over Serbia
Czech Republic – Serbia 3:1 (9:11, 11:5, 11:3, 11:4)

The Serbians rewarded themselves with a strong start, winning the first set despite some errors, particularly in serving. However, the Czechs found their rhythm as the match progressed and confidently won the following three sets.

USA triumphs over New Zealand
USA – New Zealand 3:1 (11:7, 10:12, 11:8, 11:8)

In an exciting duel, the USA defeats New Zealand and advances to the final for the President’s Cup, the match for ninth place. Despite losing the second set, the Americans bounced back. Attacker Josh Cameron repeatedly challenged the USA’s defense. Led by veteran Todd Strassberger, the USA controlled the match to secure victory.

Namibia celebrates a clear victory
Belgium – Namibia 0:3 (5:11, 6:11, 5:11)

Namibia advances to the final for the President’s Cup. The team, led by main attacker Karl-Heinz Traut, dominates the game against Belgium. Traut’s attacking shots are too powerful and well-placed for the Belgian defense. On the other hand, Belgium’s Jorun Vanmelle struggles to find a way to challenge the African team’s defense significantly. Thus, on Thursday, Belgium will play against New Zealand for 11th place.

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