With an impressive performance, the THW Kiel has returned to the Bundesliga Championship. The Zebras defeated the Rhine-Neckar lions with 31:20 (12:9).
Although the lions are still in place after their second season defeat with a score of 34:4 points, However, Kiel (32:6) shortened the delay by winning the top game to two meters.
The hosts showed from the beginning that they were willing not to let the table leader enter the game. Up to the 13th minute the game was balanced in the savings bank arena sold out with 10.285 spectators. When THW-right-outside Niclas Ekberg, who celebrated his 27th birthday on Wednesday, met the 6th through a speed bump, the mood was right for the first time. In the following minutes the party finally tipped in favor of the landlords.
Thanks to a strong defensive effort the lion offensive did not come to the unfolding as usual and after twenty minutes had just five hits on the account. Shortly before half-time, Patrick Groetzki was also injured in excess. The 26-year-old remained on the ground after a throw, had to be replaced and did not return after the break.
The THW presented even more bitchy after the change of sides. The Zebras expanded their leadership over 15:9, 17:11 and 20:13 to 25:15 and turned the savings banks arena into a madhouse. The Rhine-Neckar lions stood up in the last few minutes and had nothing more to do with the furious acting landlords.
Joan Ca ellas was the best pitcher of the Kieler with nine gates. Among the guests, Stefan Sigurmannssonconvinced with five hits.