Paris Saint-Germain Handball clinched another Lidl Starligue victory on Wednesday night, betting the better of neighbours Tremblay 30-25 in their Round 10 clash.
Although Les Rouge et Bleu had the upper hand in the early stages, they couldn't manage to break free and the two sides remained neck and neck for a long stretch (9’: 5-5) and it took Mikkel Hansen's best efforts to keep the Parisians in front (15’: 8-7). The Danish international was in fine form, bagging no fewer than seven goals the first half alone, and it was he who once again beat opposition 'keeper Patrice Annonay as Paris Saint-Germain Handball made the first break of the match (19’: 10-8). And from that point on, their lead continued to grow, blowing out to four goals when Nedim Remili hit his 400th Lidl Starligue goal (24’: 13-10), and then five when Adama Keita struck (29’: 17-12). Despite a final scoring shot from Pierre Marche and another save from Papat, the capital club went into the break with a handy lead (17-13).
As the second half began, Raul Gonzalez's men continued on their positive dynamic, with Adama hitting his straps (32’: 18-14) on the left wing while on the other side of the court, right-winger Luc Abalo struck with a hybrid chabala/spin-shot for the ages (37’: 21-16). Our side were in complete control of the match, even though, at times, the Tremblay front-line fired home reminders that this derby was not over (43’: 23-18). Fortunately, Paris' experienced players stepped up and refused to let the visitors off the hook (49’: 24-19). This was the case for the two men who starred in the final stages, Henrik and Lucio widening the gap even further (56’: 28-22). In the end, the match finished up as it began, with Mikkel Hansen rounding out the scoring with his tenth of the evening (30-25).
After accelerating at the end of the first half, Paris Saint-Germain Handball never let their lead slip and ran out deserved winners for the eighth time in nine Lidl Starligue matches to stay within striking distance of Nantes and Chambéry.
The Parisian scorers:
Mikkel Hansen (10 goals), Luka Stepancic, Adama Keita, Henrik Toft Hansen, Luc Abalo (4), Nedim Remili (3), Sander Sagosen (1).
The Parisian 'keepers:
Thierry Omeyer: 12 from 35 (34%), Gauthier Ivah: 1 from 3 (33%).
(Credits: J. Azouze/PSG)