Preview: PSG Handball - Dunkerque
On Sunday afternoon, Paris Saint-Germain Handball return to Coupe de France action, taking on Dunkerque in the quarter-finals at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin.
A complicated start to the year
2019 did not end well for the Northerners, who suffered three consecutive defeats before the winter break. While the beginning of 2020 has been better, with victories against Créteil (26-25) and Tremblay (28-30) and a qualification for the Coupe de France quarters, the USDK fell back to their old ways with a major setback at home to Nantes, where they only found the back of the net 15 times (15-34, 3-16 at the break). Despite this, Patrick Cazal's men are now seventh in the Lidl Star League standings with seven wins to their name.
But in the Coupe de France, the form of the moment counts for little, as Dunkerque proved in the previous round when they had the difficult task of playing away to Saint-Raphaël. In the Palais des Sports Jean-François Krakowski, Les Noir et Or dominated the whole game to finally win by a four-point margin (27-31). In the Round of 16, they defeated Sarrebourg (29-32), who play in National 1. Paris, for their part, successively eliminated Pontault-Combault (26-28) and Ajaccio (25-39).
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A look back at the league clash
Just before the international truce, Les Rouge et Bleu had welcomed Dunkerque to Coubertin, wearing special red jerseys with the nicknames of our players on the backs. On the court, our team then claimed a 13th win from as many matches with a stylish performance (36-25). That day, Mikkel Hansen (nine goals) and Adama Keita (four) had shone by scoring from 100% of their attempts. The two sides will meet again Lidl StarLigue Round 19 at the Stade de Flandres on 18 March.
This Coupe de France quarter-final will be accessible to all! Indeed, in addition to the opportunity to come and support Les Rouge et Bleu at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin, fans will be able to follow the match on television on the Chaîne l'Equipe. As a reminder, the kick-off has been postponed by one hour. Finally, should they win, Raul Gonzalez's men will book their ticket for the semi-finals, where they could meet the winner of Aix-Chartres, Créteil-Montpellier or Nantes-Ivry.
#CoupedeFrance— FFHandball (@ffhandball) March 5, 2020
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