Sport Sunnefeldt unstoppable: Kiel beats Zagreb
Nantes is close to the feat against Barça
© Supplied by Sports.fr Handball - Champions League (M / D12): Nantes made FC Barcelona doubt but lost 24 hours after another French club, Nantes came very close to the feat against FC Barcelona. The Catalan club, unbeaten since the start of the season in the Champions League, saw the end of its series very closely before reacting. Because, on the floor of the Palau Blaugrana, we have long seen only one team, HBC Nantes.
The handball players of THW Kiel finished the group stage of the Champions League in third place.
The German record champion prevailed on Thursday with 36:30 (23:15) against the Croatian champion HC Zagreb. Oskar Sunnefeldt was the most successful thrower of the "Zebras" with nine hits. Vlado Matanovic scored six goals for the Croatians, who suffered their 14th defeat in the 14th preliminary round match in the premier class.
The North Germans, with whom right winger Niclas Ekberg was absent due to muscular problems, quickly ensured clear conditions in the home arena. From 11:11 (17th) the protégés of THW trainer Filip Jicha over 19:13 (26th) to the eight-goal break lead.
Jicha angry at HBL and referees: Kiel draw against Magdeburg
Coach Filip Jicha hit the stomach that THW Kiel had to compete against Magdeburg at all - then there was also anger because of a controversial referee decision. But Flensburg only came to a draw. © Getty Images Angry before the game, angry after the game: Kiel's coach Filip Jicha. Filip Jicha was really angry after the 24:24 against SC Magdeburg at the cold start after two weeks of corona quarantine. "I am extremely proud, but also angry.
In the feeling of certain victory, the hosts downshifted a few gears and young talents like Philipp Wäger and Leon Ciudad Benitez came for minutes. So Zagreb was able to keep the defeat within limits.
On Saturday (8.30 p.m.) the "Zebras" will play the seventh game within 13 days of their Corona quarantine with the Bundesliga home game against HSG Nordhorn-Lingen. So far, the Kiel have achieved four wins and two draws.
THW Kiel - RK Zagreb 36:30 (23:15)
goals THW Kiel: Sunnefeldt 9, M. Landin 5/2, Ehrig 4, Reinkind 4, Dahmke 2, Duvnjak 2, Horak 2, Pekeler 2, Sagosen 2 , Weinhold 2, Wiencek 1, Wäger 1
RK Zagreb: Matanovic 6, Cavar 5/3, Hrstic 3, Mandic 3/1, Obradovic 3, Grahovac 2, Klarica 2, Leimeter 2, Peric 2/2, Stojnic 2
referee : Karim Gasmi (France) / Raouf Gasmi (France)
penalty minutes: 8/10
Kiel's coach Werner warns of Heidenheim: respect for Schmidt .
The second division footballers from Holstein Kiel go into their away game on Friday (6.30 p.m. / Sky) at 1. FC Heidenheim with the utmost respect. «This is a real board that is waiting for us. Heidenheim is the strongest team in the league. You're playing very straightforwardly at home, ”said coach Ole Werner on Wednesday about the hosts, who have been unbeaten in five games and have won four games. © Christian Charisius / dpa Kiel's trainer Ole Werner.