Paris into the semis!
This match saw PSG pick up where they had left off in their last outing: with Mikkel Hansen scoring from the seven-metre line (1’: 1-0). Although the visitors stepped up to the challenge in the minutes that followed (4’: 1-3), it was the Rouge et Bleu who dominated (10’: 6-4). For several long minutes, the two-goal lead persisted, with both sides showing their cutting edge, notably through Nedim Remili (14’: 9-7) and Luka Karabatic (17’: 10-8).
But this situation was not to the capital club's taste… and PSG Handball duly lifted their game in both attack and defence and set about widening the gap. Thierry Omeyer saved Tremblay efforts left and right, allowing Sander Sagosen (18’: 11-8) and then Nikola Karabatic (21’: 13-9) to break and fire past Patrice Annonay. Omeyer also drew a penalty from former teammate Samuel Honrubia (27’: 17-10). At the break, Paris had a deserved nine-goal lead following Adama Keita's scoring the final goal of the half (19-10).
After the break, Niko was the first Parisian to distinguish himself, striking to send his side's lead into double figures (31’: 20-10). But it quickly turned into the Rodrigo Corrales show, the Euro 2018 champion continuing his excellent start to 2018 with a number of one-on-one saves (34’: 20-11). The Spaniard also saved a penalty (45’: 25-15) and pulled off a magnificent double save, picking himself up off the floor after a fine initial effort (49’: 27-16).
As the end of the match approached, the result seemed beyond doubt. However, the Rouge et Bleu kept pushing, looking to put on a show. To do this, they needed look no further than Benoît Kounkoud and Luc Abalo, who linked up on the right-hand side of attack. While the former fired home from nine metres out (52’: 29-16), the latter latched onto Kounkoud's pass in behind the defence to find the net once more (56’: 32-18). Dylan Nahi, playing as a pivot, also got in on the act with a late goal (33-21).
After dominating the entire match, Paris Saint-Germain Handball won this latest Parisian derby in style, booking a place in the Coupe de France semi-finals along with Nantes (subject to an appeal from Nîmes), Chambéry and Montpellier.
The Parisian scorers: Sander Sagosen (7), Nikola Karabatic (5), Mikkel Hansen, Luka Karabatic (4), Benoît Kounkoud, Nedim Remili (3), Adama Ketia, Dylan Nahi, Jesper Nielsen (2), Luc Abalo (1).