Paris go from strength to strength

One week after beating Ivry (33-24), and 24 hours after the victory against Créteil (39-32), Paris Saint-Germain Handball played their third pre-season friendly, against Ivry once more but this time at the Auguste Delaune Gymnasium.

Is it possible to be efficient without being spectacular? The answer for the common man is certainly affirmative, but it is by no means the case for Mikkel Hansen. The Danish international needed no warm up, rather picking up where he left off yesterday! He first distinguished himself from the penalty line, beating Mate Sunjic with a string of feints before even throwing the ball...

He then played in Dainis Kristopans, who further embellished a beautiful team move with a superb spin shot.

The lead grew, but the match was far from over (25': 13-17). Just before the break, Raul Gonzalez's men gave a last push and took advantage of a goal by Mathieu Grébille, combined with a save from Vincent Gérard, to go back to the changing rooms eight goals to the good.

In the second half, the Parisians looked to increase their lead. Solid in all sectors, they left the locals with very breathing space, as Mathieu's victorious spin shot illustrated.

As the final quarter of an hour approached, our side went 11 goals in front - thanks to the beginning of the Nedim Remili show (45': 20-31).

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The French international is as skillful from the penalty line as he is from open play and his prowess allowed his team to pull even further ahead (56': 22-37).

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In the end, Les Rouge et Bleu won by 16 goals, claiming a third win from as many pre-season friendlies!

Next appointment, Saturday, 12 September, in Chartres!

(Credits: J. Azouze/PSG)