Handball record champion THW Kiel sold himself dearly in the Champins League at the top Spanish club FC Barcelona, but was unable to prevent the fourth defeat in the eighth game on Wednesday (November 30, 2022).
After the draw in their own hall, THW Kiel suffered a 24:26 (13:13) defeat at FC Barcelona. In the Champions League group B it was the fourth bankruptcy in the eighth game for the German handball record champion.
Sold well despite some failures
The THW sold themselves dearly to the defending champion despite his painful absences, but received far more time penalties than Barcelona. The Swede Niclas Ekberg scored five times for Kiel, Barcelona’s best thrower was the Slovenian backcourt star Domen Makuc with six goals. With only two wins, the Schleswig-Holsteiners are fifth in Group B, which would be enough to qualify for the play-offs.
Kiel was wide awake from the start in the “Palau Blaugrana”. Goalkeeper Niklas Landin saved the Catalans’ first four throws, including a seven-meter penalty from Aleix Gomez. However, there was a problem in the offensive of the North Germans, so that the THW did not capitalize on the total of nine turnovers by the hosts in the first half.
Wiencek sees red
Even after the break, Barça made numerous mistakes. Ekberg put the penalty to 19:16 (43rd minute). But this advantage did not bring the North Germans more security. On the contrary: The Brazilian Haniel Langaro scored at 22:21 (50th) for the hosts’ first lead ever. In the 59th minute, Patrick Wiencek saw a red card after a foul on Makuc. The Kielers missed the possible first win after 13 years with the Catalans.
Weinhold and Johansson are absent
The German record champions will have to do without veteran Steffen Weinhold, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury on Sunday, well into the new year. During the final training session for the first leg against “Barca” last week, Kiel’s top scorer Eric Johansson suffered a broken metacarpal hand, which put him out of action for several weeks.
FC Barcelona – THW Kiel 26:24 (13:13)
Goals Barcelona: Makuc (6), Mem (4), Arino Bengoechea (3), Wanne (3), N’Guessam (3), Domez Abello (3), Janc (1), Langaro (1), Richardson (1), Fabregas (1)
THW Kiel: Ekberg (5), Reinkind (4), Bilyk (4), Pekeler (3), Dahmke (3), Duvnjak (1), Sagosen (1), Landin Jacobsen (1), Fraatz (1), Wallinius (1)
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NDR 2 Sports | 11/30/2022 | 11:03 p.m