With that, the “Zebras” gave the appropriate answer to the previous defeat at Aalborg Handbold on matchday 9. Kiel has now returned to second place in Group A with 13: 5 points. Should the team of coach Filip Jicha be there or even in first place after the 14th matchday, they would save themselves the round of 16. Then it would go straight to the quarter-finals.
Kiel’s eternal rival SG Flensburg-Handewitt can no longer hope for this in Group B. The evening before, there was a clear defeat against the Ukrainian champions HC Motor Soporoschje.
THW Kiel cannot stand out decisively
The start of the home game against Skopje could hardly have gone better from the point of view of the “zebras”, because goalkeeper Niklas Landin fended off two free throws from the guests in the first 90 seconds. And on the offensive, too, it worked out quite well: Norwegian international Sander Sagosen made it 9-5 in the 13th minute for the first four-goal lead.
Only: It didn’t go on like this. Kiel allowed himself some lack of concentration, and Landin was able to maintain his very good starting level. And so Skopje came up to it, except for one gate. Jicha reacted, he brought Dario Quenstedt for the Danish world champion. The Schleswig-Holsteiners finally went into the break with an 18:16 lead.
THW player Ehrig strong in the final phase
After starting again, the North Germans managed to improve their performance. In cover they were now much more compact, and the opportunities up front were better used. With the result that after twelve minutes of the second half they had created the basis for winning the two points with a 5-0 run. Hendrik Pekeler scored the 26:19.
THW Kiel – Vardar Skopje 32:30 (18:16)
Goals Kiel: Sagosen (8), Ehrig (5), Duvnjak (5), Wiencek (3), Pekeler (3), Magnus Landin (2), Dahmke (2), Zarabec (2), Weinhold (1), Ekberg (1 / 1)
Tore Skopje: Kuduz (9), Toto (5), Stoilov (2), Alexis Nyokas Zalamou (2), Cuni Morales (2), Guy Nyokas Zalamou (2), Diallo (2), Taleski (2), Dibirov (2), Czuwara (1/1), Djukic (1)
Penalty minutes: 2/6
The lead shrank again to two goals, but in the end the victory was achieved – not least thanks to the accuracy of right winger Sven Ehrig in the final phase. The most successful Kieler was Sagosen with eight goals.
Szilagyi: “Big responsibility” for the next home games
Even before the start-up, the decisions of the Bund-Laender Round were of course a big topic. THW is only allowed to occupy its hall with a maximum of 5,000 spectators. Managing director Viktor Szilagyi sees a lot of work ahead of the club: “On the one hand, that means a lot of logistical effort for the last two home games, but on the other hand, it also means a great responsibility to be so conscientious about these restrictions.”
Before that happens, we first go on a short journey. For Kiel on Sunday (1.40 p.m., live on NDR television and at NDR.de) in the Bundesliga the game at HSV Hamburg.
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