A look back on PSG Handball - Flensburg
Ten days after winning a breathless encounter at the Flens-Arena (29-30), Paris Saint-Germain Handball faced Flensburg on 17 November for Matchday 8 of the Velux EHF Champions League at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin. A look back on this match!
The two sides - by now old and familiar foes - had barely bid each other farewell in Germany before meeting up again. A week earlier, Les Rouge et Bleu had had to battle it out for a long time and had to wait for a final parry from Vincent Gerard at the buzzer to claim victory on German soil.
This time, in Paris, our team needed to claim both points on offer in order to stay in touch with Group A leaders Barcelona. But it was a tough task against a team that have always given our players a hard time, and this clash was no exception.
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Extremely close in the rankings, both Flensburg and Paris could land a potentially killer blow with victory, and just moments before kick-off, all Coubertin was geared up for the clash!
As expected, it was a very tight affair. But it was Raul Gonzalez's men who took the lead, through Kim Ekdahl du Rietz (7': 6-4).
The visitors come back within minutes (10': 7-7), but the capital club looked to their rear-guard to break away. Nikola Karabatic and Sander Sagosen made the difference for Paris, albeit in contrasting styles (26': 15-14).
Les Rouge et Bleus took the lead at the break, in a totally crazy atmosphere, thanks in particular to the excellent Rodrigo Corrales, who made ten saves in the first 30 minutes (30': 17-16).
In the second half, the clash continued to live up to all its promise and Rodri continued to shine in goal!
The two sides were duking it out and it was hard to predict the outcome of the match. With the final minutes approaching, in an electric atmosphere, anything was possible!
With just a few moments left, every attack really counted. A fact that Vincent Gérard took into account as he swatted a late effort clear to allow the Parisians to regain the lead!
In the end it was Dylan Nahi who liberated his team - with the last attack of the game - and sealed victory for Paris Saint-Germain Handball!
After the match, Kim Ekdhal du Rietz, Vincent Gérard and our assistant coach, Jesus Gonzalez, gave us their thoughts on this breathless encounter.
Thanks to this victory, Paris Saint-Germain Handball made it a clean sweep against their direct rivals, taking all four points on offer over the European double-header!