Handball record champion THW Kiel is back on the road to success in the Champions League against Zagreb. For SG Flensburg, however, there was nothing to get.
Clear thing for the THW Kiel around Harald Reinkind (on the ball): Zagreb leaves with a pack in their luggage.
THW Kiel celebrated its third victory in the preliminary round of the Champions League. In the duel of the national record champions, the North Germans prevailed on Wednesday with 36:28 (18:15) against HC Zagreb from Croatia. The best thrower of the “Zebras” was Harald Reinkind with eight hits. Filip Vistorop and Ivan Cupic each scored six goals for Zagreb.
After a tough start and the first goal in the fifth minute of the game, the hosts, who had to do without Rune Dahmke (foot injury) and Steffen Weinhold (infection), increased on the defensive. With more attentiveness and aggressiveness, the Kielers recorded some ball wins and took the guests’ backcourt out of the game. Zagreb remained dangerous on the outside positions and managed to keep the game close. Shortly before the half-time signal, Sander Sagosen increased the lead to three goals again.
THW opens after the break
After the break, the North Germans turned up. First playmaker Domagoj Duvnjak increased to 23:18 (36th), then Niklas Landin fended off a penalty from former Bundesliga player Cupic (37th). That broke the spell. Guest coach Ivica Obrvan took his last break 19 minutes before the final whistle. In the final phase, the Kiel junior players Philipp Wäger and Leon Ciudad Benitez also received a few minutes of play.
SG is subject to Wolff & Co.
Vice-champion SG Flensburg-Handewitt, however, is still waiting for the first victory in the premier class. The team of coach Maik Machulla had to admit defeat at 29:37 (16:21) at the top Polish club Vice Kielce and remains bottom of the table in the strong group B with one point. Goals deficit and never came within striking distance. The SG’s best thrower was backcourt player Hans Aaron Mensing with nine goals.
The weakened Flensburg team were quickly 0: 3 (3rd) behind. After the 3: 7 (9th) SG coach Maik Machulla took the first time out to rearrange the game of his protégés. The attack actions in particular were extremely flawed. On the defensive, the North Germans conceded too many easy goals. To make matters worse, the two SG keepers Benjamin Buric and Kevin Möller hardly got a chance to distinguish themselves.
Even after the break, the hosts around the German national goalkeeper Andreas Wolff got off to a better start. Dylan Nahi increased to 24:16 in the 35th minute. The people of Flensburg fought as best they could. A good eight minutes before the end, they had reduced the deficit to five goals at 27:32. In the end, the SG had no chance against the clearly superior Poles.
Statistics on the games
Group A, 4th matchday: THW Kiel – RK Zagreb 36:28 (18:15)
Tore THW Kiel: Reinkind 8, Duvnjak 7, Sagosen 6, M. Landin 4, Ekberg 3/2, Bilyk 2, Ehrig 2, Pekeler 2, Horak 1, Wiencek 1; RK Zagreb: Vistorop 6, Cupic 5, Leimeter 4, Dig 3/1, Klarica 3, Mandic 3/1, Obranovic 3, Musa 1; Referee: Miklos Andorka (Hungary) / Robert Hucker (Hungary); Viewers: 5413; Penalty minutes: 8 / 6; Disqualification: – / –
Group B: KS Vive Kielce – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 37:29 (21:16)
Tore KS Vive Kielce: Sicko 9, Nahi 6, A. Dujshebaev 4, Moryto 4/1, Karacic 3, B. Vujovic 3, Karalek 2, Thrastarson 2/1, Gudjonsson 1, Kornecki 1, Tournat 1, Yusuf 1/1; SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Mensing 9, Gottfridsson 5, Wanne 5/3, Hald 3, EM Jakobsen 3, Larsen 2, Golla 1, Steinhauser 1; Referee: Bojan Lah (Slovenia) / David Sok (Slovenia); Viewers: 3800; Penalty minutes: 6 / 6; Disqualification: – / –