title defender THW Kiel has not yet beaten himself in the Championship Race of the Bundesliga Handball (HBL) and keeps up the pressure on top rider SG Flensburg Handewitt.
The record champion rehabilitated himself after the setbacks of the past few days by an unaffected 35:30 (17:13) at TSV GWD Minden and retired back up to one point to the leading North rivals.
Kiel, who, after the Champions League final about a week ago, also missed the Cup Final and a few days later had lost in series after thirteen victories by a 33:34 at SC Magdeburg, had also lost the Bundesliga top, delivered in Minden the expected reaction of defiance. The team of trainer Filip Jicha was practically always in the lead and did not let the obligatory race burn at any time.
The most successful pitcher of the guests was the Norwegian superstar Sander Sagosen with seven goals. Similarly, Christoffer Rambo met with the landlords.
Despite the foreign success, the “Zebras” threatens a season without titles after the double in the previous year with triumphs in the championship and in the Champions League. Four laps before the end of the season, the THW can no longer create the new championship by itself and is dependent on the protection of competitors against the undefeated table leader in the Bundesliga since October.