Neck and neck!
The defenders step up…
The Rouge et Bleu know Nantes like the back of their hand, and knew that the home side would be looking to get off to a quick start against the capital club, who duly opted for a 4-2 defensive formation, with Daniel Narcisse and Uwe Gensheimer as ball-winners. And the plan worked well, the H's back line struggling to find a breach (5’: 2-1), but their forwards still managed to find a few openings (7’: 4-1). Fortunately, Nedim Remili redressed the early imbalance with a quick-fire triple (10’: 5-4).
… and so do the forwards!
The France international quickly found his feet in the Halle XXL and continued to fire, leveling matters with a powerful finish (15’: 8-8) before putting his side in the lead (17’: 8-9). The Parisians then proved effective in every sector and the scoreboard reflected this change in momentum when Uwe managed to Put Paris two goals to the good (21’: 9-11).
Ahead at the break
Paris had the upper hand and led the dance in the final ten minutes of the first half. Picked out with a superb pass in the pivot position, Jesper Nielsen put the visitors three goals ahead (26’: 10-13), but just before half-time, Paris found themselves two men down and Kiril Lazarov took full advantage to reduce the gap back to two.
Half-time score: 13-15
Despite being reduced to five men, Zvonimir Serdarusic's players didn't let up in defence, continuing to block the home side's attacks. Thierry Omeyer was once again in excellent form (35’: 14-16), while another of our highly experienced players, Daniel Narcisse, led by example at the other end of the court, scoring magnificently with his back to goal (36’: 14-18) to carve out the match's biggest lead!
The H hit back
In front of their famously fervent fans, the H pushed and got back on track… and it took a trademark save from Titi to prevent Dominik Klein from leveling the scores (40’: 18-19). While the Parisians got the lead back to three goals at one point (44’: 19-22), Nantes hit back hard (48’: 22-22) and went ahead through Eduardo Gurbindo (50’: 23-22).
Cat and mouse
The Rouge et Bleu responded perfectly each time Nantes struck (53’: 25-25) - until Cyril Dumoulin made another of his 16 saves for the match, allowing his side to make the break. But Rodrigo Corrales was also on point, saving a penalty to keep the home side within reach (57’: 26-25). In a breathless final few minutes, the suspense was high (59’: 27-27) and, but neither Nedim nor Klein, who shot for a winner right on the final buzzer, could prevent the points from being shared.
Final score: 27-27
Chaque équipe a eu ses temps forts et le score de parité à la fin des 60 minutes de jeu semble logique. Les deux formations se retrouveront jeudi prochain, au Stade Pierre de Coubertin, pour les quarts de finale de la Coupe de la Ligue.
The Parisian scorers:
Nedim Remili (8 goals), Sander Sagosen, Jesper Nielsen (6 buts), Uwe Gensheimer (4), Luc Abalo, Daniel Narcisse, Dylan Nahi (1).
The Parisian 'keepers:
Rodrigo Corrales: 1 sur 2 (50%), Thierry Omeyer: 10 sur 35 (28%).