Handball Champions League Final Four: Kiel Defeats Barcelona – Sport

Before the semifinals, Domagoy Duvniak mentioned: “I’m not ready to play for the third place.” The THW Kiel backcourt participant wished to achieve the ultimate of the Champions League remaining and after lacking out on the championship, he wished to a minimum of do the cup and Champions League double together with his THW. But even in handball, life shouldn’t be a pony farm, not a colourful plate, not a requirement live performance.

Without significantly injured key gamers Sander Sagosen and Hendrik Pekeler, the Kiel crew managed to defeat their semi-remaining opponents and final yr’s winner Barcelona in lower than 40 minutes on Saturday night and misplaced 30:34 (18:19). They now need to play for third place towards report Hungarian champions Veszprém on Sunday, whereas Barcelona and Polish champions Kielce face German goalkeeper Andreas Wolff for the title.

It has been a yr and a half since THW Kiel and FC Barcelona final met on the Cologne Arena. Then, on December 29, 2020, the folks of Kiel, because of the crown, received the Champions League remaining towards Barcelona 33:28 within the huge corridor, which was additionally empty because of the crown, and thus received their fourth Champions League title. The two groups met once more on Saturday. In the semi-finals. In entrance of about 20,000 spectators. And Barca took revenge.

Barcelona takes revenge on Kiel handball gamers

Kiel was a transparent outsider. Defense chief Pekeler tore his Achilles tendon in May. He was honored because the Champions League’s finest defender of the common season on the Cologne Arena on Saturday and appeared very sad as he walked across the corridor in a thick wire.

Kiel’s goalscorer Sagosen just lately broke his ankle. He wasn’t in Cologne, however his girlfriend again residence in Oslo watched on TV as his crew in Kiel managed to carry on for nearly two-thirds of the sport, solely to fall within the decisive interval. In the thirty eighth minute, the Spaniards led by 23:22, and inside seven minutes, they took the lead by 29:24. And that was principally the tip of it.

“I’m pleased with my boys as a result of they fought like Leuven after an extended season and in such a troublesome constellation,” mentioned coach Filip Jicha. However, he didn’t need to conclude the season earlier than the sport for third place. It is critical to come back to the junior remaining from essentially the most skilled viewpoint, he mentioned.

Domagoy Duvniak, who was unable to interchange the injured Sagosen on the left facet in addition to the unlucky Nikola Bilyk, shouldn’t be keen to let something go together with one (cup) title this season, “I feel it has been season,” he mentioned after the semi-remaining defeat. “We received the cup and certified for the Champions League once more within the Bundesliga.”

There, they are going to be trying to spherical off run on the remaining match in Cologne a yr from now – shortly earlier than parting methods with Sagosen (to Kolstad/NOR in 2023) and goalkeeper Niklas Landin (to Aalborg/DEN in 2023). If there’s one factor they’ve managed to do at Kiel over time, it is construct a brand new crew that at all times wins Champions League titles. They had been by no means happy with third-place video games right here.

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