Kiel winner in 17th round top game
Filip Jicha put twice per jump shot, but Konstantin Igropulo resembled each score. The man of the match, Vujin scored for the first three goal lead, 5-2. Not five minutes into the game in the Max-Schmeling-Halle, as Kiel had already let their muscles.
Füchse fell against the Kiel 6-0 cover. Only playmaker Bartlomiej Jaszka was constantly a danger for Kiel’s defense and held with its breakthroughs and covert strike throws kept his team in the game. After Igropuloäs jump shot over the bar and Petersen’s steered a seven meter by lifters at the bar, Vujin after a quarter of an hour scored, for 9:5, the first four-goal lead for the THW.
But the foxes remained in the game with two more goals from Jaszka, which meant the 7:10 and a substitution, Andreas Palicka for Sjöstrand. Palicka showed his class, great save against Jaszka, a little later against Petersen, and Kiel had 5 goals advantage 12:7. Foxes coach Dagur Sigurdsson then called his timeout, but it did not help, Berlin was trailing six goals, 14:8, 15:9 and 18:12 at the half time.
After the break, Andreas Palicka deflected attempt from Igropulo, on the opposite side Vujin scored for the first seven-goal lead. Dagur Sigurdsson had, however, a new move considered in the cabin: Berlin played from then on offense with a seventh-fielder. Seven of the foxes came in the attack actually to success, but the results of Horak, Nielsen and Igropulo did not help to reduce the backlog. The “zebras” continued to play efficiently on offense, had a well placed goalscorer in Marko Vujin.
An attempt to break through from Igropulo was characterized as offensive foul. Filip Jicha responded immediately and threw the ball over the entire field to the orphaned gateway to 23:15. After the first Bundesliga goal from Palicka the “zebras” led with nine-goal margin, Dagur Sigurdsson drummed his team together and grabbed the yellow vest back on.
A young talent Fabian Fuchs with two great hits suggested its potential, and shortened Kiels lead at this stage with four hits in a row until 23:27 .
Alfred Gislason drummed his team in the 49th Minute together again and urged to rest. Then it was again Vujin that marked the important 28:23. As Jaszkas pass landed on the re touchline, provided Sigurdsson on the opposite side for the 29:23. And after the returned into the goal Sjöstrand then saved Füchse’s attempt and Aron Palmarsson scored at 30:23 nine minutes from the siren.
Although, Foxes tried to end everything and punished the errors in Kiel attack game consistently it seemed it was little too late. As Vujin failed by seven meters to Stochl and Iker Romero scored for 28:31, two and a half minutes left in the game, Berlin fans once more got their hopes back and rose from their seats. However, with his eleventh goal Marko Vujin buried every hope left in the arena. THW celebrated their 14th Victory in the 16th Game and remain behind SG Flensburg-Handewitt (43:24 against Eisenach) hot on their heels.
THW coach Alfred Gislason :
I’m very, very proud of my team. We have played really well Handball. In the attack in the first half was by far the best this season. The defense was good. After the nine-goal lead we have become careless and even cashed in majority gates. I never expected to ever be so high in the lead. But we’ve come in good time back on track. We deserved to win, this victory is very important for us.
Berlin coach Dagur Sigurdsson:
We did not have the worst day, but the THW has simply played better. The first half of the THW was worthy of all honor.
Berlin CEO Bob Hanning:
The THW has incredibly played well in the first 30 minutes. If you so want to beat a great team, everything has to fit. Sensations there are not every week. For Handball in Berlin but it was a great week with the Final Four award, today’s game and our qualification for Europe.
THW CEO Klaus Elwardt :
That was a great handball game, congratulations to Berlin for this event. I hope the additional grandstand stops. Maybe my team today so burned because we have left are the points in Flensburg. Now we want to win Wednesday, which is the next hit.
Füchse Berlin: Heinevetter (1.-24., 31.-40., 6/1 Saves), Stochl (24.-30., 40.-60., 4/1 Saves); Löffler (2), Wiede (3), Spoljaric, Romero (4/1), Zachrisson (5), Jaszka (6), Horak (1), Igropulo (6/2), Nielsen (2), Christophersen, Petersen;
Coach: D. Sigurdsson
THW Kiel: Sjöstrand (1.-18., 48.-60., 4 Saves), Palicka (18.-48., 7/1 Saves);Toft Hansen (2), G. Sigurdsson (3), Sprenger (2), Wiencek, Ekberg (2), Zeitz (1), Jallouz (n.e.) Palmarsson (4) Klein (1), Jicha (6), Vujin (11/2);
Referees:Andreas Pritschow / Marcus Pritschow
Suspentions :Berlin: 4 (Spoljaric (27.), Horak (29.), D. Sigurdsson (46.), Nielsen (48.));
THW: 2 (Sprenger (24.), Palmarsson (41.))
Round 17, Results: