Bitter surprise for record winner THW Kiel
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Even the curtain sermon at halftime didn’t help: Kiel’s coach Filip Jicha is surprised
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Big surprises in the third round of the German Handball Cup. The Füchse Berlin had to go into extra time in Erlangen, but with a lot of luck they progressed. The twelve-time winner THW Kiel, on the other hand, was eliminated in their own hall against the second-to-last in the league.
Record winner THW Kiel was completely unexpectedly eliminated in the third round of the German Handball Cup. The twelve-time winner lost to the league penultimate HSG Wetzlar 31:32 (17:19) in their own hall on Tuesday. The best thrower in front of the 4,389 spectators in the Kiel Arena was Domen Novak from Wetzlar with nine hits. Eric Johansson scored seven times for the disappointing hosts.
Unlike the 33:22 in the league game a month ago, the Kiel team had big problems with the Central Hesse team. Even a three-goal lead (7:4/7th minute) didn’t give THW any security at the start of the game. Wetzlar took command. At 12:15 (23rd), the hosts were lucky that HSG right winger Novak put a seven-meter shot wide of the goal.
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THW coach Filip Jicha loudly encouraged his team during a time out. At half-time there was “not a good atmosphere” in the dressing room, said Kiel pivot Petter Överby on online broadcaster Dyn. Wetzlar’s Hendrik Wagner certified that his team had done “a huge job in attack” at that point.
The guests remained calm even after the break. For the Kiel team, goalkeeper Samir Bellahcene ensured that his team didn’t fall behind. Shortly before the end, the outsider led 32:30 (58th) – and the THW only managed to catch up.
Füchse Berlin with luck to win
The Füchse Berlin also stumbled and were on the verge of elimination, but with a lot of confusion they just saved themselves from the next round. The Berliners, who were still unbeaten in the Bundesliga, only won 38:35 (30:30, 16:13) in the third round at HC Erlangen after extra time. The best Berlin throwers in the game in Würzburg were Mathias Gidsel and Jerry Tollbring with ten goals each.
The Foxes started with a lot of speed and great effectiveness. After six minutes they were already leading 5-1. But afterwards the hosts got into the game better, increasingly spread out Berlin’s defense and found gaps. And the Berliners also had a harder time on the offensive. After almost 19 minutes, Erlangen was within one goal again (11:10).
The Foxes were able to maintain their lead until the break, but after the break the visitors’ sovereignty was gone. The Berliners left a number of clear opportunities unused. After a good 19 minutes the score was 18:18 and after 50 minutes the Foxes fell behind for the first time (24:25). The capital city team then took the lead again, but conceded the equalizer again 25 seconds before the end. Andersson’s last throw hit the crossbar.
Things remained tight in extra time. Mijajlo Marsenic made the preliminary decision just 78 seconds before the end with his goal to make it 36:34. And the foxes couldn’t let that be taken away from them.
HSV Hamburg is wobbling in the second division
The handball players from HSV Hamburg moved into the round of 16 of the cup competition with a victory. Coach Torsten Jansen’s team won 36:35 (18:18) against second division team ASV Hamm-Westfalen on Tuesday. The strong Dane Jacob Lassen contributed ten goals to Hamburg’s victory. Fabian Huesmann scored seven times for ASV.
The host team, relegated from the Bundesliga, got off to a strong start. ASV goalkeeper Marcos Colodeti scored into the empty Hamburg goal to make it 4:2 (5th minute). HSVH coach Jansen took his first time out shortly afterwards and demanded more attention from his players. The North Germans found their way into the game better, but mostly had to chase the hosts’ lead.
Just four minutes before the final whistle, Hamburg center Andreas Magaard gave his team their first two-goal lead with a score of 34:32. The Hanseatic League maintained this lead over time.
On Sunday (3 p.m. / Dyn) the HSVH has the northern derby at THW Kiel. In the table, HSVH is seventh in the table with 8:6 points, two places ahead of the “Zebras”, who have 6:6 points and were surprisingly eliminated from the cup on Tuesday with a 31:32 win against HSG Wetzlar.