Handball: Melsungen follows Magdeburg into the cup final

As of: April 13, 2024 9:26 p.m

The handball players from SC Magdeburg reached the final at the Final Four in Cologne. Led by the outstanding goalkeeper Sergey Hernandez, who brilliantly represented his teammate Nikola Portner, who was suspended due to a positive test for crystal meth, coach Bennet Wiegert’s team prevailed in the semi-finals against the Bundesliga table leaders Füchse Berlin with 30:25 (14:10). .

On Sunday (3:35 p.m./ARD) Magdeburg will play for the third cup victory in the club’s history, the last time the SCM won eight years ago.

DHB Cup, Final Four arrow right

In the second semi-final, MT Melsungen surprisingly knocked SG Flensburg-Handewitt out of the competition with 33:28 (16:11). For Melsungen, which is still without a cup win, it is only the second final participation in the Final Four.

Exactly a week after the 25:25 in the league, the Hessians dominated the game, after just over a quarter of an hour they were clearly in the lead with 10:5 (16th). The Flensburg team around DHB captain Johannes Golla did not find the desired access to the game, and at the break they remained five goals behind.

The second half initially showed an unchanged picture, Melsungen remained comfortably ahead. As the game went on, the North Germans defended themselves more and more against the impending defeat – and were suddenly within three goals (50th). The seething atmosphere in the hall now reached its peak. But the Hessians withstood the pressure and can therefore dream of their first title ever.

20,000 spectators spread a lot of atmosphere

In a thrilling game in front of almost 20,000 spectators in the atmospheric Cologne Arena, Hernandez brought the Foxes’ offense to despair with an almost unbelievable number of saves. The SCM impressed in attack with Gisli Thorgeir Kristjansson, who scored eight goals. The best thrower of the game was Berlin’s Lasse Bredekjaer Andersson with nine goals. The Foxes held out for a long time, but have to give up their dream of a second title after 2014.

Even before the prestigious duel against the Füchse, the Portner case dominated the discussions; Magdeburg’s coach Wiegert could clearly see the stress of the past few days. “We would have liked to concentrate more on Berlin. But you can’t choose the time, you don’t want that,” he said at the ARD microphone, “it was super intense for everyone involved.” That’s why he’s all the more excited about the start of the Final Four, “so he can think about other things.”

Hernandez im Fokus

Portner’s suspension made Hernandez even more of a focus – and he turned up the heat in the early stages. While the SCM offensive was convincing, the Spaniard parried one ball after the other. Magdeburg led 6-0 early on before world handball player Gidsel finally scored the first goal for Berlin in the eleventh minute.

After the goal, the Bundesliga leaders appeared to be more confident and fought their way back into the game. Shortly before the break, the capital club even had the chance to equalize, but Hernandez made another strong save (24′). The deficit at halftime was four goals. “We’re running behind the initial deficit,” complained Berlin’s Nils Lichtlein after the first 30 minutes.

Crime in the second half

But the Foxes didn’t give up, and in the second half the predicted thriller developed between the two best teams in the league. But Magdeburg managed to keep their lead – because Hernandez continued to stand like a wall in the goal.


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