Five things on PSG Handball - Veszprém
On Tuesday afternoon, Paris Saint-Germain Handball will finish their 2019-20 European campaign as they take on Veszprém in the third-place play-off of the Velux EHF Champions League Final4.
A look back at Barcelona
Les Rouge et Bleu got the Final4 going when they took on FC Barcelona in the first semi-final, on Monday. Despite an excellent start, they couldn't maintain their momentum and saw the Catalans turn the situation around (37-32). However, Raul Gonzalez's men never gave up and had several opportunities to come back. Hopes were long kept alive by our left-winger Dylan Nahi, who top-scored in the match with nine goals from ten attempts.
Veszprém bow out in thriller
For their part, Veszprém have plenty of regrets... The Hungarians went missing in the first half against Kiel and were behind by six goals at the break (18-13). However, in the space of 15 second-half minutes, they clawed their way back to parity with the German side (45': 24-24). They could even have won the game had they managed to keep a lid on things in the latter stages. The match went into extra time and the two sides continued to duke it out, but when the final buzzer sounded it was Sander Sagosen's team that punched its ticket for the final.
Rodrigo facing Paris
The capital club was certain of facing one of their former players in the third-place play-off, with Sander and Rodrigo Corrales facing off in the other semi-final, and in the end it was the Spanish international who was destined cross paths with his former teammates. After three seasons in Paris, Rodri made the move to Hungary last summer. During his time in the French capital he helped the club to three French league titles, one Coupe de France and two Coupe de la Ligue. Tuesday's match will be the first time he has faced off against his former side - which now features his Spanish national team colleagues Viran Morros and Ferran Solé Sala - since his departure.
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Head to head
The two clubs have met once before in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne - back in 2017, in the semi-finals. The Parisians won out in a tight encounter, thanks notably to seven-goal hauls from Mikkel Hansen and Uwe Gensheimer and an exceptional performance from Thierry Omeyer (26-27). It should be noted that, while the Hungarians dominated their encounters for several years, Les Rouge et Bleu are currently on a run of five consecutive wins in the fixture.
To follow the match (throw-off at 18:00):
• Télévision : beIN SPORTS 1
• Live tweet : our official page
(Credits : J. Azouze/PSG)