Six out of six!

Paris Saint-Germain Handball moved clear atop the Lidl StarLigue standings on Thursday night in the final match of Round 6 with a big 32-24 victory over bottom club Chambéry.

Slow out of the blocks

Chambéry maybe sitting bottom of the standings, but they had no intention of lying down and rolling over for the visit of the capital club. The opened hostilities through Fahrudin Melic (2’: 2-0). Paris came back quickly through Nedim Remili and Nikola Karabatic (4’: 2-2), but couldn't take the lead. There was no lack of effort from Les Rouge et Bleu, but Chambéry goalie Julien Meyer stopped every opportunity to move in front (8’: 3-3). It was the home side that led the way (12’: 6-4).

The fightback

The wingers Uwe Gensheimer and Benoît Kounkoud squared the game (14’: 6-6), and Nikola finally saw Les Rouge et Bleu in front for the first time (17’: 7-8), before setting up his brother, Luka (18’: 8-9).

Paris skip clear

Having finally taken control, Zvonimir Serdarusic's maintained their advantage. Goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer was instrumental in dulling the home side's attack as Paris didn't concede a goal for 6 minutes (22’: 11-11) before stepping on the turbo via Jesper Nielsen (23’: 11-12), Uwe Gensheimer (26’: 11-13) and Mikkel Hansen (27’: 11-14). After another goal from the Germany international, Paris held a four-goal lead at half-time.

Half-time: 12-16

Flying after the restart

Paris picked up where they'd left off at the start of the second half. It was their experienced players at each end of the court that provided the difference with Nikola Karabatic scoring (32’: 13-18) and Thierry Omeyer unbeatable (33’: 14-18). But the young guard also made its presence felt with 19-year-old winger Édouard Kempf netting a quick-fire double (38’: 17-23).

Paris march towards victory

Niko (8 / 8) and Uwe (9 / 9) really hurt the locals' defence and the gap widened further (43’: 19-26). The elder Karabatic was at the heart of everything: setting up Nielsen (45’: 20-28) before going it alone (50’: 22-30).

Titi adds finishing touch

But Paris' big winning margin was also due in large part to Thierry Omeyer (11 saves at 44%). He saved Amine Bannour's penalty (53’: 22-30), before launching a rapit counterattack for Kounkoud to further extend the lead (56’: 23-32) and even sprinted back to stop Julien Meyer scoring with the last action of the game.

Full-time: 24-32

Like so often over the last few weeks, Paris Saint-Germain Handball accelerated in the final minutes of the first half and never let their opponents back into the game. Before the international break, Les Rouge et Bleu made it six wins from six to sit proudly atop the Lidl StarLigue standings.

Paris goals scorers:

Uwe Gensheimer (9 goals), Nikola Karabatic (8), Benoît Kounkoud, Nedim Remili, Mikkel Hansen (3), Edouard Kempf, Jepser Nielsen (2), Luka Stepancic, Luka Karabatic (1).

Paris goalkeepers:

Rodrigo Corrales: 2 / 12 (16%)

Thierry Omeyer: 11 / 25 (44%)

(Photos: PSG)