BundesLiga, round 9, day 1: Magdeburg defeated THW Kiel 34:31 (16:13)
Whoever have bet to SCM victory against THW Kiel , would certainly have a high rate to collect. Without both middle backs, Haass, and Bezjak and without Oneto, Rojewski, Grafhorst and Landsberg Carstens the hosts expected defeat in the current Bundesliga season from the leader in the German handball league standings. That is why they focused on the “Youngsters” Janke, Gebala, Hart Fell and Ackermann in the lineup. Magdeburg had the first throw, but Sigurdsson snatched the ball and gave the visitors an early lead. But the SCM players were very motivated. Twenty one years old Janke directed the SCM defense and impressed the “Zebras”. After an initial balanced phase, a brief period of weakness of the home team was punished by Vujin to 6:4 (9 minute). But Magdeburg showed character and took the lead in 17th minute (10:9). SCM goalkeeper in game-changing phases with some important parades helped the team which was frenetically celebrated by the audience in GETEC Arena. At a half time the home team had 3 goals advantage over the Bundesliga champions 16:13.
After the break Kiel was in the attack and they were determent to equalize the score. The guests tried and succeeded to bring balance to the game with the goal of Toft-Hansen for 18:18 (36 minute). But the home team was not shocked, the players were calm and eager to win this match, soon they went into three-goal lead (Kneer at 24:21, 41 minute). The game was not decided yet. THW was very close to Magdeburg’s lead, they even had a chance to close the gap, but when Janke scored for 31:28 (57 minute), the sensation was palpable. Kiel resisted further, but again Janke and Hornke hit the net. The game was over for Kiel, they lost 34-31.
THW KIEL: Jicha (10/6), Vujin (6), Toft Hansen (6), Sigurdsson (3), Zeitz (2) Blaster (1), Wiencek (1), Palmarsson (1), Ekberg (1/1)
SC Magdeburg: Kneer (9), Weber (6/1), Jurecki (4), Musche (4), Natek (2), Hornke (2), Wiegert (2), Hartfiel (2), Janke (2), van Olphen (1)
THW line player Patrick Wiencek:
We have not played today what we wanted to play and deserved the lost. This is often the case in Handball: The team that fights more wins the game – and that was today Magdeburg. We have a tough game at the weekend in Porto, as we must otherwise occur. In the Bundesliga, you can not afford long afterwards watch the game, we have to look forward.
SCM goalkeeper Dario Quenstedt:
We have the failures well compensated, Landsberg has failed, but the others jumped into the breach. We have great coaches the week, Frank [Carstens] has prepared us well to Kiel.
SCM Left Wing Matthias Seashells:
We had nothing to lose, just gave full throttle. If it then runs first, is something like today possible.