What a derby! In a high-class and exciting game of the Handball Bundesliga, in which the lead changed several times, SG Flensburg-Handewitt beat THW Kiel in the last second in front of their home crowd with 28:27 (14:17).
Emil Jakobsen was the celebrated man that evening! In the last second of the game, the left winger scored the 39th Flensburg Derby victory and caused the hall to tremble. After a three-goal deficit at the break, the SG players celebrated exuberantly with their fans. National team captain Johannes Golla was the host’s most successful thrower with seven goals, while the two backcourt players Nikola Bilyk and Elia Ellefsen each scored four goals for THW.
The reigning German champions lost their perfect start to the season from 6:0 points. For Flensburg, the success in the prestigious 109th encounter after the 29:31 defeat in Magdeburg and a mixed start to the season so far was an exclamation mark in the race for the championship.
Flensburg starts weakly, Kiel efficiently
At the beginning of this spectacular evening, the hosts initially stood in their own way. After an initially balanced initial phase, Flensburg made numerous mistakes and missed shots, which the “Zebras” used to pull away with three goals for the first time after seven minutes (7:4). SG trainer Nicolej Krickau tried to make corrections from the outside and changed his defensive formation, but the guests remained extremely strong in the backcourt and were able to slightly extend their lead to four goals after 20 minutes (12:8).
Before the break, however, the players from the German-Danish border town put their foot down again and became more offensive in the half positions. But with Thomas Mrkva in goal, the “Zebras” had a strong backing in goal. The hosts switched between the posts from Kevin Möller to Benjamin Buric, which paid off: At half-time, THW was leading 17:14 with “only” three goals.
THW invites the SG, Buric saves sensationally
At the beginning of the second round, the guests then opened the door to SG: THW failed several times at Buric and made numerous ball losses and offensive fouls. The Flensburg team came out of the dressing room with more speed and turned the game and the hall upside down: With a run of five they took the lead 19:18 in the 38th minute through Kay Smits’ goal.
SG Flensburg-Handewitt – THW Kiel 28:27 (14:17)
Tore Flensburg: Golla (7), Hansen (6), Jakobsen (6), Pytlick (5), Kirsten Evert Smits (3), Gottfridsson (1)
Tore Like: Bilyk (4), Ellefsen a Skipagotu (4), Wiencek (3), Ekberg (3), Duvnjak (3), Overby (3), Reinkind (3), Dahmke (2), Landin Jacobsen (1), Johansson ( 1)
THW trainer Filip Jicha took a break from Kiel’s point of view when the score was 19:21 and made sure that his players’ ears were ringing afterwards. But it didn’t get any better. The provincial capitals continued to throw weakly and Buric advanced to become a derby hero, just like last December with 36:23. Kiel scored three goals within the first 15 minutes of the second half.
Jakobsen has the last word
However, as the game progressed, the “Zebras” seemed to catch themselves again and the SG ran out of breath. Rune Dahmke equalized in the 49th minute to 22:22 and initiated an exciting final phase. Five minutes before the end, Petter Overby gave the Bavarians a 27:24 lead, which Simon Pytlick equalized with a minute before the end with the 27:27. The rest was outnumbered, Jakobsen and boundless SG cheering.
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NDR 2 Sports | 07.09.2023 | 11:03 p.m