Paris into the quarters!

Paris Saint-Germain Handball qualified for the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue on Sunday courtesy of a 30-23 win away to Pontault-Combault.

Scandinavians lead the way

From the start, it was the capital club's Scandinavians that set the tone. Sander Sagosen opened the scoring (1’: 0-1) and Henrik Mollgaard defended stoutly against the home side's attack, before Mikkel Hansen (on the day of his 30th birthday) was getting stronger and stronger with each penalty (6’: 1-3), and from distance (9’: 2-5). The Norway star is not bad at that either as Paris made the break (12’: 3-7).

Rodrigo takes over

The Rouge et Bleu began to struggle as the home team's defence stepped up a gear. Fortunately, Paris could count on an in-form goalie in Rodrigo Corrales, who built on a confident start with three good saves (15’: 3-8). The Spaniard didn't concede a goal for a full 6 minutes (17’: 4-9).

A tough finish to the half

But Pontault-Combault slowly came into the game. Aurélien Tchitombi was excellent from 9 metres and slowly the gap closed (19’: 6-9). To saty in front, Paris looked to Swedish pivot Jesper Nielsen (20’: 6-10), and the power of Nikola Karabatic (23’: 8-11). But the PCHB were rewarded for their endeavour and equalised just before the break through Laurent Lagier Pitre (27’: 12-12).

Half-time: 13-14

Paris take off…

While the second half started in similar fashion (32’: 15-15), the capital club started to find its form. That was as close as it got for the hosts, because once Zvonimir Serdarusic's men stepped on the accelerator and pulled clear (35’: 15-17). Solids in defence, the Parisians were clinical on the counterattack. Uwe Gensheimer (37’: 15-19) and Luka Karabatic taking full advantage (39’: 15-20).

Shut up shop!

The excellent Thierry Omeyer directed the Paris defence and nothing was getting through. For a full 16 minutes nothing got through at all... and Titi also saved a 7-metre penalty from Steve Marie-Joseph (43’: 15-22). Titi also provided several assists for the wingers (46’: 15-24). In just over ten minutes, Paris had doubled its advantage (51’: 17-27).


The game was over as a contest and the Parisians looked to turn on the style. Nedim Remili was enjoying himself and provided an around the back pass for Benoît Kounkoud to score (52’: 18-29). Thierry wasn't their for fun and kept producing the saves – including another penalty from Vincent Moreno (58’: 21-30). Buoyed by a great atmosphere in the stadium, Pontault-Combault finished well, but it was Les Rouge et Bleu who booked their place in the quarter-finals!

Full-time: 23-30

After a difficult first half, Paris Saint-Germain Handball assumed their place as favourites in the second half and qualified for the next round in their title defence of the Coupe de la Ligue! The next match is against Dunkerque on 2 November, after the international break.


Mikkel Hansen (7 goals), Benoît Kounkoud, Luka Karabatic (4), Sander Sagosen (3), Uwe Gensheimer (4), Nedim Remili, Nikola Karabatic (2), Henrik Mollgaard, Luka Stepancic, Jepser Nielsen, Dylan Nahi (1).


Rodrigo Corrales : 6 / 19 (31%)

Thierry Omeyer : 8 / 18 (44%)