All you need to know about Porto - PSG Handball

On Thursday evening, Paris Saint-Germain Handball could make real strides in EHF Champions League Group B if they can repeat their Matchday 7 triumph over Porto when they play the second leg of their double-header in Portugal.

The first match
Last week, it was the Portuguese who travelled to face Les Rouge et Bleu, but it was our players turned in a superb performance to claim two important points (33-19). In terms of individual performances, Kamil Syprzak (8 from 9) and Vincent Gérard were both outstanding.

The Parisian defence
Vincent was impressive against the Porto attack. He gave them a torrid time of it for 30 minutes, making nine saves from 15 shots and conceding just four goals in the whole first half (30': 18-4). In fact, he came very close to matching Kiel's tournament record, set in 2015 against Metalurg Skopje. That day, the Germans went into the break having conceded just three goals (30': 17-3).

The table
The victory over Porto at Coubertin saw Raul Gonzalez's men move closer to top two places and the direct quarter-final qualification that goes with them. Indeed, following defeats for Veszprém (in Zaporozhye, 29-27) and Barcelona (at home against Kielce, 30-32), the capital club is now only two points off second, currently occupied by the Catalans.

Porto, for their part, have had a bad run and see the red zone closing in. They are just ahead of Flensburg thanks to a better goal difference a 28-27 win for the Portuguese on Matchday 2). A defeat against Paris, combined with a good result for Flensburg in Bucharest, would plunge Porto directly into the bottom two places.

The last trip to Porto
Last season, the two teams faced off in the same group, and Porto caused the Parisians a lot of problems in the first leg in Portugal last November. Paris were four points behind at the break (30': 16-12), but came out for the second half with much better intentions and completely turned the situation around. Our players powered on to get the win with a thrilling second-half display (31-34).

To follow the match (kick-off at 20:45 CET, 19:45 local time):
- Television: Eurosport Player
- Our social networks: via our live-tweet

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