Goal for THW Kiel, 16:19 by Niclas Ekberg
Niclas Ekberg keeps his clean sheet on the seven-meter line and throws into the left corner.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 15:19 by Aitor Ariño
On the other side, Aitor Ariño pulls through mercilessly and scores in the first wave.
Domagoj Duvnjak is able to close the gap further, but under pressure he misses Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas.
Filip Jícha swapped between the posts and sent Niklas Landin in for Tomáš Mrkva.
Goal for THW Kiel, 15:18 by Magnus Landin
On the left wing, Magnus Landin doesn’t let himself be irritated by a difficult angle.
Let’s continue in the Wunderino Arena! Will the North Germans surpass themselves and start catching up or will Barcelona remain undefeated in the seventh game?
Beginning of 2nd half
It will be a difficult walk in the Wunderino Arena in the second round! An inferior THW Kiel has traded a 14:18 deficit against FC Barcelona at the break. The star ensemble from Spain gradually pulled away in the first few minutes, with the Zebras’ Timothey N’Guessan and Aleix Gómez in particular being hard to grab and repeatedly celebrating successful actions. After that, even a few saves by Tomáš Mrkva didn’t really help, as the North Germans also made several mistakes in attack and have been running behind a constant deficit ever since.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 14:18 by Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas
There is no worse way to say goodbye during the break! The North Germans play the final attack in seven-a-side, but lose the ball and invite Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas to throw from their own half.
THW goalkeeper Tomáš Mrkva is celebrated again for a save against right winger Luka Cindrić.
Time out FC Barcelona! About a minute before half-time, Antonio Carlos Ortega uses the first time-out of the game. In principle, he can be satisfied with the performance of his team so far.
Goal for THW Kiel, 14:17 by Miha Zarabec
Goal for FC Barcelona, 13:17 by Ludovic Fabregas
Circle runner Ludovic Fabregas is forgotten by THW and finishes dry.
Goal for THW Kiel, 13:16 by Miha Zarabec
The nimble Miha Zarabec spotted a gap in Barca’s defense and acted immediately.
Goal for THW Kiel, 12:16 by Niclas Ekberg
Now Emil Nielsen can try against a seven-meter throw from Niclas Ekberg, but remains powerless as well.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 11:16 by Blaž Janc
Blaž Janc receives a pass from Luka Cindrić on the right wing and executes it into the short corner.
Goal for THW Kiel, 11:15 by Miha Zarabec
For the first time, Miha Zarabec fuels through the middle and overcomes Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 10:15 by Luka Cindrić
With a majority, Luka Cindrić can run to the circle and choose the corner.
2 minutes for Patrick Wiencek (THW Kiel)
Goal for FC Barcelona, 10:14 by Blaž Janc
Once again, the guests punished a THW mistake in the counterattack – this time by Blaž Janc.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 10:13 by Luka Cindrić
Goal for THW Kiel, 10:12 by Steffen Weinhold
Well finally! Timothey N’Guessan misses something from the backcourt, Tomáš Mrkva had his fingers on it again.
Goal for THW Kiel, 9:12 by Niclas Ekberg
Niclas Ekberg also safely sunk the second penalty throw of this game into the opponent’s box.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 8:12 by Timothey N’Guessan
Timothey N’Guessan shakes out the Kiel back line and then loads Tomáš Mrkva as well.
Nikola Bilyk is playing for the first time, but misses a free throw against Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas.
It goes back and forth on the record. The teams often take little time to build up the game, instead pushing for hits in the first or second wave.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 8:11 by Jonathan Carlsbogård
Goal for THW Kiel, 8:10 by Domagoj Duvnjak
Again Domagoj Duvnjak comes with a lot of momentum and fires the ball into the net from a short distance.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 7:10 by Hampus Wanne
Tomáš Mrkva is now fully involved! Barca left winger Hampus Wanne can’t get through against the THW goalkeeper either.
Goal for THW Kiel, 7:9 by Hendrik Pekeler
The zebras gradually nibble off the residue. Hendrik Pekeler is blank on the circle and marks his first goal on the home comeback.
Goal for THW Kiel, 6:9 by Niclas Ekberg
Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas cannot do anything against a seven-meter throw from Niclas Ekberg.
But even at Barcelona, not everything is going well at the front. THW keeper Tomáš Mrkva fishes a shot from Melvyn Richardson out of the left corner of the cross.
phew! Outnumbered, Harald Reinkind made a simple mistake and gave the ball to Jonathan Carlsbogård.
2 minutes for Ludovic Fabregas (FC Barcelona)
Goal for THW Kiel, 5:9 by Domagoj Duvnjak
That was strong! Domagoj Duvnjak takes heart, breaks halfway through and throws into the bottom right corner.
And Karl Wallinius draws his third ticket against Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas from the half-left position.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 4:9 by Ludovic Fabregas
Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas again takes away a long-distance throw from Karl Wallinius – the zebras’ offensive game isn’t going well either.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 4: 8 by Aleix Gómez
Filip Jícha’s team has to be careful early on! Aleix Gómez scores twice in a few seconds and gives the visitors a four-goal cushion.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 4: 7 by Aleix Gómez
Goal for THW Kiel, 4:6 by Niclas Ekberg
Niclas Ekberg jumps into the circle from the right and boldly twists the ball through the legs of Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 3: 6 by Timothey N’Guessan
Kiel’s defensive behavior against Timothey N’Guessan is too timid in the early stages. The Frenchman has already marked his third goal.
Yellow card for Petter Øverby (THW Kiel)
Goal for FC Barcelona, 3:5 by Dika Mem
The Catalans push the pace and get the next success via the first wave and Dika Mem.
Goal for THW Kiel, 3:4 by Magnus Landin
Goal for FC Barcelona, 2: 4 by Aleix Gómez
However, Aleix Gómez ironed out his misthrow immediately in a counterattack.
Now the first uncertainties are creeping in among the guests from Spain. Aleix Gómez nails the ball to the crossbar from the right wing.
Goal for THW Kiel, 2:3 by Domagoj Duvnjak
After a save by Tomáš Mrkva, Domagoj Duvnjak completes the direct counterattack.
Karl Wallinius spirals into the air but is denied by Barca goalkeeper Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 1:3 by Dika Mem
Yellow card for Ludovic Fabregas (FC Barcelona)
Goal for FC Barcelona, 1-2 by Timothey N’Guessan
Backcourt shooter Timothey N’Guessan is again given a relatively large amount of space in the center – second goal.
Goal for THW Kiel, 1:1 by Harald Reinkind
Harald Reinkind comes through on the half-right position and sets the first sign of the North Germans.
THW coach Filip Jícha starts with Rune Dahmke, Karl Wallinius, Miha Zarabec, Harald Reinkind, Niclas Ekberg and Patrick Wienzek. Tomáš Mrkva starts between the posts.
Goal for FC Barcelona, 0-1 by Timothey N’Guessan
Timothey N’Guessan opens the scoring with a successful finish from the backcourt.
It starts in the Wunderino Arena – Vaidas Mazeika and Mindaugas Gatelis from Lithuania act as referees on the floor.
Everyone at THW is aware that the Catalans are once again the big favorite for the title and have enormous quality. “Barca are the only team who haven’t lost a game this season. You can only have great respect for these achievements, for this team and for this club,” said Filip Jícha. Captain Domagoj Duvnjak is looking forward to today’s game: “Games like this are the reason why you start playing handball as a child.”
However, the 34:33 crime thriller win at SC Magdeburg recently created a positive mood in Kiel. The return of Hendrik Pekeler, who played the first few minutes of the game after tearing his Achilles tendon, gives Filip Jícha’s team new opportunities both in attack and defence. However, the THW has to cope with the next bad news straight away. Backcourt player Eric Johansson broke his throwing hand in final training and will be out for a few weeks.
The zebras are under pressure in the premier class. After three games without a win against Kielce (37:40), Nantes (30:38) and Aalborg (36:36), Kiel slipped to fifth place in Group B. As a result, the all-rounders from FC Barcelona are coming to northern Germany at the worst possible time. The Catalans are not only the reigning champions, but have not lost any points in the current preliminary round.
Have a wonderful good evening and welcome to the 7th match day of the Champions League! THW Kiel welcomes FC Barcelona to the European handball classic. Throw-off in the Wunderino Arena is at 6:45 p.m.