Füchse Berlin remain unbeaten in their sixth LIQUI MOLY HBL match of the season and scored a point against THW Kiel. After a 28:28 (14:14) draw, Lasse Andersson was the highest scorer for Füchse with five goals, while Dejan Milosavljev excelled in goal with 17 saves.
In a fast-paced match, it was down to business from the start, with both undefeated teams well prepared and highly motivated to maintain this state of affairs. Lasse Andersson opened the scoring for Füchse at 1-0 (1st minute) and was also able to contribute the third and fourth goals for Berlin. But now the home side had to play catch-up and the champions from Kiel increased their lead to plus 3 from THW’s point of view shortly afterwards. World Champion Holm narrowed the gap to 7-9 (13th), and it took four minutes for Fabian Wiede to score the next goal for Füchse. Andersson scored again after 18 minutes and the score was tied 9-9, also because Dejan Milosavljev improved continuously in the game and saved six balls before the break. In a respectable first half, THW often went ahead, while Füchse narrowed the gap. In the end they went into the break level at 14-14 after 30 minutes.
Thus, the match started virtually from scratch after the break. Hans scored the last goal before the break and started the second half to take the score to 15-14 (31st). For five minutes Füchse were always able to win back the lead and the high-profile match lived up to its billing. With a lot of intensity in the duels, with power on the court as well as from the spectator stands, they fought for every goal. The home side was unlucky with the referee’s decisions time and again. They were forced to play a man down five times, while one or two of the decisions at the front were heavily questioned by the players.
All this energy was, however, converted into goals. The game was still tied ten minutes from the end, with both teams both trailing and leading at times. Jacob Holm scored to make it 25-25 (51st), Dejan Milosavljev was in top form at the back. A spectacular double save against Harald Reinkind and Patrick Wiencek kept the Foxes in the game at 25-25 (53rd). Now the Foxes’ den was in complete uproar. Captain Drux put Füchse in the lead (26-25 (54th)) before number 95 hit back a short time later, but this time he was only able to reduce the lead (27-28 (58th)). In the last minute, right-winger Hans Lindberg kept his cool from the penalty throw and scored to make it 28-28. Kiel had 18 seconds left on the clock for a possible winning goal, but Dejan Milosavljev, with his 17th save, held on to the ball and the point. At the press conference, everyone involved agreed that the division of points this afternoon in front of 3,650 spectators in Max-Schmeling Hall was fair.
Füchse Berlin – THW Kiel 28-28 (14-14)
Füchse: Milosavljev (17 saves), Wiede 2, Holm 4, Andersson 5, Lindberg 4/3, Matthes 3, Kopljar 2, Vujovic 1/1, Koch 2, Marsenic 3, Drux 2
Kiel: Landin (8 saves), Duvnjak 5, Sagosen 4/1, Reinkind 1, Jacobsen 1, Weinhold 3, Wiencek 4, Ekberg 7/2, Zarabec 2, Pekeler 1
Trainer Jaron Siewert: “Congratulations to both teams and also the spectators for showing our sport at its best today. The fans really pushed us here today and carried us at times. In the end it’s the little things, there were a lot of lead changes in the second half. We are very happy with this point.”
Director of Sport Stefan Kretzschmar: “There are four satisfied faces at the press conference today because it was simply a great game of handball. The intensity that both teams showed was impressive. You could see the emotion, also on the benches and in the stands. There was a lot at stake here today, two top teams facing one another.”
This article was submitted by: Füchse Berlin