Paris into the Final-4!
Nedim hat-trick to start the show The match started in spectacular fashion. While Nantes shared their scoring around, Les Rouge et Bleu turned to Nedim Remili to fire them in front (3’: 3-2). At the heart of everything, he fired his side two goals in front (8’: 5-3). But The H had other ideas (10’: 5-5).
Mikki takes over The France international clearly inspired Mikkel Hansen. The Dane netted a quick-fire double (11’: 7-5) before equalising after Nantes had edged in front (18’: 11-11). The tension was palpable and the physical contacts were not for the feint-hearted. Nedim was sent off after a foul on Romain Lagarde (20’: 12-12).
Paris step on the accelerator Beaten in last season's final, Les Nantais were looking for revenge. They threw everything at their opponents with a series of quick restarts (23’: 14-15). The capital club replied in kind, drawing on the clinical finishing of Uwe Gensheimer (27’: 18-17) and the saves of Thierry Omeyer to turn the situation around. A last goal to Luka Stepancic saw Paris in front at the break.
On top after the break Following the restart, Paris rubbed shoulders with perfection! Solid in defence, our players were electric at the other end of the court. The capital club opened up a six-goal lead with Luka's missile (35’: 24-18). Even a man down, Paris resisted, thanks to a wonderful save from Titi to deny Kiril Lazarov (36’: 25-19). And the lead continued to grow (40’: 27-20).
Under control Nantes were struggling… Les Rouge et Bleu took full advantage and opened up a handy lead: Luka Stepancic (42’: 28-21) and Sander Sagosen maintaining Nantes at arm's length (47’: 30-24). But despite some great passages, The H hung in the contest and came back strongly in the money time (50’: 30-28).
Titi shuts up shop It was game on again for the final ten minutes, as the Parisians found themselves a man down (53’: 32-30). Nantes sured things up at the back and were finding holes in attack. Fortunately, Titi stood firm under the pressure and denied Nicolas Tournat (57’: 33-31). Luc Abalo then killed the game off and qualified Les Parisiens (59’ : 35-33).
Paris Saint-Germain Handball have booked their place in the Final4 of the Coupe de la Ligue where they will defend their title. Les Rouge et Bleu head to Metz on 17 and 18 March, Toulouse, Dunkerque and Istres, are also qualified. The semi-final draw will be held on 23 January 2018.
Uwe Gensheimer (6 goals), Nedim Remili, Luka Stepancic, Sander Sagosen, Mikkel Hansen (5), Daniel Narcisse (4), Luc Abalo (3), Jepser Nielsen.
Thierry Omeyer: 12 sur 28 (42%).