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 ultimate and after lacking out on the championship, he wished to at the very least do the cup and Champions League double together with his THW. But even in handball, life isn’t a pony farm, not a colourful plate, not a requirement live performance.
Without severely injured key gamers Sander Sagosen and Hendrik Pekeler, the Kiel workforce managed to defeat their semi-ultimate opponents and final 12 months’s winner Barcelona in lower than 40 minutes on Saturday night and misplaced 30:34 (18:19). They now should play for third place towards document Hungarian champions Veszprém on Sunday, whereas Barcelona and Polish champions Kielce face German goalkeeper Andreas Wolff for the title.
It has been a 12 months and a half since THW Kiel and FC Barcelona final met on the Cologne Arena. Then, on December 29, 2020, the folks of Kiel, as a result of crown, gained the Champions League ultimate towards Barcelona 33:28 within the massive corridor, which was additionally empty as a result of crown, and thus gained 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 greatest defender of the common season on the Cologne Arena on Saturday and regarded 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 workforce 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 mainly the top of it.
“I’m pleased with my boys as a result of they fought like Leuven after a protracted season and in such a tough constellation,” mentioned coach Filip Jicha. However, he didn’t need to conclude the season earlier than the sport for third place. It is important to come back to the junior ultimate from probably the most skilled viewpoint, he mentioned.
Domagoy Duvniak, who was unable to switch the injured Sagosen on the left aspect in addition to the unlucky Nikola Bilyk, isn’t prepared to let something go along with one (cup) title this season, “I feel it has been a very good season,” he mentioned after the semi-ultimate defeat. “We gained the cup and certified for the Champions League once more within the Bundesliga.”
There, they are going to be seeking to spherical off a very good run on the ultimate event in Cologne a 12 months 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 workforce that at all times wins Champions League titles. They had been by no means glad with third-place video games right here.