With a edge match against the archrival THW Kiel, SG Flensburg Handewitt has regained the table leading in the Champions League. With an impressive 37:27 (17:14) success in 87’s Nordderby, the SG in Group A passed the point-same French rival PSG Handball (both 18) and MKB Veszprem KC from Hungary (17).
Flensburg has great chances, to qualify directly for the quarter finals on the way to the Final Four. For the team of trainer Ljubomir Vranjes it was the eighth consecutive victory in the royal class, for the severely weakened Kieler the fifth defeat. The SG had recently lost in Kiel (23:27). The THW has already secured entry to the eighth finals as a group fourth.
In the middle of the second half of the season, SG fans celebrated their heroes with loud singing and rhythmic clapping in the Flens arena sold out with 6300 spectators. At that time it was 27:19, the preliminary decision had been taken. Especially thanks to Rasmus Lauge, who advanced after the break with seven hits to the Matchwinner, next to Keeper Matthias Andersson. Sweden nailed the case like Andreas Wolff in the EM final for Germany. Lauge reached nine goals in total, his compatriot Lasse Svan met six times.
Kiel only in the first third of the game at eye level
Kiel held up to the 20-minute. But then the thread broke well. The SG quickly played out their attacks, but the THW found no means of doing so. Also, the backroom around the Croatian Domago Duvnjak (8-hit) did not come to the train as usual, often acted too slowly and laboriously.
However, Kiel had to cope without the long-term injuries Patrick Wiencek, Rene Toft Hansen, Steffen Weinhold and Christian Dissinger as well as the non-eligible winter shopping Blazenko Lackovic. Gislason was able to use the two new HSV commitments Dener Jaanimaa and Ilija Brozovic. However, the Icelander had few alternatives left to make the turn.