Jaron Siewert stood on the sidelines with his legs apart. With his torso bent forward and his hands on his legs, he looked critically at the field. Anyone who chases the foxes more often knows this pose of the trainer. It is not uncommon to see them in tricky moments when their team struggles with itself.
It was the same on Tuesday when the Berliners played in the second leg of the European League against KS Azoty-Pulawy and had long problems. But in the end Siewert was able to relax again, because his team won with 33:29 (13:16) and qualified for the group stage.
“We are satisfied that we are through. But it is also clear that in between I was dissatisfied with how it went, ”said Siewert. Especially in the first half the opponent had shown a good combination game and made use of his own physique.
The Foxes, for their part, did their part to bring the Poles into play. Bad throws and bad passes shook hands and it was thanks to the defense that the Berliners stayed reasonably on course. Siewert reacted, switched by and tried to find the right formation. But the knot did not really want to burst, maybe even the last spark of concentration was missing after the clear 32:24 first leg success.
So Pulawy was even able to take the lead with four goals and it took a race to catch up in the second half to assert himself. So it was Lasse Andersson who equalized in the 41st minute and took the lead right after.
When Marko Kopljar increased to 22:20, Siewert was also able to relax and even took a seat on the bench for a short time. The game was slowly shaping up in his favor. Ultimately, his foxes were able to celebrate two victories in the European League qualification after the final whistle and advance to the next round. Who the foxes will meet will be decided by the draw on Thursday. Then Siewert should be tense again for a moment.
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