The handballers of the SG Flensburg Handewitt enjoyed the 37:27-highest Derby victory in the Champions League over this time’s unsuccessful North rival THW Kiel.
“If after a longer break one is always a little nervous. But it was a lot better today than the other years I spent at SG. This development makes me very confident for the next games,”said SG-Captain Tobias Karlsson after the game. In any case, the coup gave courage for the next challenge against the Rhine-Neckar Lions.
With the clearest victory in the derby history of the Kiel Zebras, Flensburg climbed back to the first place of Group A in Europe with 18:4 points. With a further success in the Bundesliga top game at the Rhine-Neckar Lions, the third-place SG in the league could advance to minus points except for a counter at the top rider Mannheim and the second from Kiel. In any case, the lions are warned, “This will be a battle of bending and breaking,” Spielmacher Andy Schmid said on Sunday after the 26:19-success at Fresh Open.
“Goods in every part of the game were better against THW”
With a top performance as against the jaws, however, that were pinned by the injury spec, the SG is also to be trusted in the league. “The SG is to be trusted with everything in the league.” That was a big game we played. We were better at every part of the game against THW, which has one of the best teams in the world. We have earned,”said Coach Ljubomir Vranjes.
Kiel’s coach Alfred Gislason was served in the sold-out Flens-Arena after packing 6300 spectators:”I am very disappointed about the second half. The defense was not there, and only Domagoj Duvnjak had normal form in the attack. I had expected more from the newcomers and the players who had not been used so often before,”said the Icelander.
At the THW, which is still fighting as table four (11:11) for an advantageous starting position for the K.o. round, Besides the injured European champions Steffen Weinhold and Christian Dissinger as well as the convalescent performers Patrick Wiencek and Rene Toft Hansen were also missing the non-gaming wintersugang Blazenko Lackovic in Europe’s royal class. Gislason distributed the load on many shoulders, but except for the player Duvnjak, who scored eight goals, could not convince anyone.” We must not rely only on “duels,” said Gislason, looking at the next home game in the royal class on Wednesday (18.30 o’clock) against Wisla Plock from Poland.
Heinl had “almost cried”
Emotionally Jacob Heinl returned, which almost overshadowed the outstanding performance of SG-Keeper Mattias Andersson and Rasmus Lauge (9-goal). In the 57th minute the Flensburger celebrated his comeback after almost a year’s break and immediately added a hit to the overall successful homecoming. I almost cried,”said the 29-year-old on the TV channel”Sky”.
A stubborn back injury had put the defense specialists and cyclists out of action for more than a year. Now the Flensburg Urgestein, which has been playing for the SG since its youth, is ready again for the challenges ahead.” Even though I may never be painless again, I am overjoyed to be able to play again.”