Paris pass Ajaccio test!
The Corsican fans, still buzzing after their side pulled off a shock win over PAUC in the preceding round, turned up in force to cheer their side on against the capital club. And it wasn't long before they were on their feet, the local side opening the scoring early (1’: 1-0). After a two-month lay-off, the Rouge et Bleu took a few minutes to find their feet, but once on track they quickly levelled through Benoît Kounkoud (6’: 3-3).
The equaliser seemed to set the Parisians off, and they proceeded to take the lead and then pull clear thanks to Daniel Narcisse (10’: 3-5), Henrik Mollgaard (16’: 5-8), Adama Keita (21’: 6-12) and of course Uwe Gensheimer (24’: 6-13). Zvonimir Serdarusic's men kept it up until the half-time buzzer with our young left-winger Adama turning in a near-perfect first-half performance (30’: 9-16).
Happily for Paris, the break had no effect on their dynamic and Nikola Karabatic quickly struck to widen the gap (32’: 11-18). But once again it was the wingers who distinguished themselves the most. Given top-level service by their teammates, Adama and Luc Abalo won all their duels and put the visitors 15 goals to the good (39’: 12-27). They were also helped by recently crowned Euro 2018 champions Rodrigo Corrales, who set them up on several counter-attacks (43’: 12-30).
Ten minutes from time, there was no doubt left concerning the final result (50’: 14-34). But the Rouge et Bleu remained devilishly efficient, turning on the style as Uwe pulled out one of his patented spin shots (52’: 14-36). Qatari international Jovo Damjanovic, making the most of another save from Rodrigo, also joined the party (55’: 14-38). In the end, Daniel Narcisse and his teammates won 42 to 17 and punched their ticket for the next round!
Paris Saint-Germain Handball claimed a solid win away to Ajaccio and cruise through to the Coupe de France quarters! A result that augurs well for their return to European action away to Celje in the Velux EHF Champions League's Round 11 on Sunday afternoon.
The Parisian scorers:
Nikola Karabatic (8 goals), Uwe Gensheimer, Jovo Damjanovic, Adama Keita, Nedim Remili, Luc Abalo (5), Henrik Mollgaard, Sander Sagosen, Benoît Kounkoud, Luka Stepancic (2), Daniel Narcisse (1).