Handball: finally a victory for PSG in the Champions League
The fireworks before the curfew. After a match postponed due to Convid-19 then two setbacks, PSG took advantage of the arrival of the Norwegians from Elverum, during the 4th day of the group stage, to pocket their first success in the Champions League (35-29) . An offensive festival.
What you must remember
Finally! After two short and frustrating losses in as many games ( 28-29 against the Germans in Flensburg then 32-31 against the Belarusians in Brest ), PSG had to react. First to avoid the escapades of a mini-crisis and then to stay in the race for direct qualification for the quarter-finals. And Raul Gonzales’ troop responded. If the Parisians immediately took the game on their own (8-4, 15th), they do not manage to maintain the gap. Elverum regularly glues up to its host (10-9, 20th). But an 8-3 in the middle of the second period finally allows Nikola Karabatic’s partners to distance their opponents (23-20, 41st then 31-23, 50th). This time, PSG will not crack. Perfectly led by Mikkel Hansen (8 goals in 9 shots), he won his first success of the season on the European scene. The Parisians will have to confirm this result in a week on the floor of the Poles of Kielce, European champion in 2016.
The player: Luc Abalo
He was applauded as in the good old days, as if he still wore the blue PSG tunic. In the 19th minute of play, the audience cheered on the former house number 19. Because this time, Luc Abalo had on the shoulders the white jersey of the Elverum club, that of the opponent. A reunion in a small committee with the public of the Stade Coubertin – the pandemic and the confinement had prevented him in the spring from saying his farewell – but warm. During the game, the right winger regaled and recalled that he was a floor artist in addition to being a brush in hand. But despite all his efforts and 4 goals, the native of Ivry could not prevent his club from losing.
The number :
1. Like the number of PSG wins in the Champions League this season. Before winning against Elverum on Thursday, the capital club had to cancel their trip to Szeged due to several positive Convid-19 cases in the Hungarian ranks, then fell by a goal in their next two games . On the other hand in the league, the domination of Vincent Gérard’s partners is still impressive with 4 successes in 4 days.
THE MATCH SHEET
PSG – ELVERUM (NOR): 35-29 (17-13)
PSG. Ntanzi (1 goal), Keita (4), Kristopans (1), Kounkoud (1), Sole Sala (1), Toft Hansen (3), Rémili (3), Grébille (1), Syprzak (4), Hansen ( 8), N. Karabatic (2), Prandi (6). Entr. : Gonzales.
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