Cup winner beats champions: THW Kiel won the top game in the German Handball League against SC Magdeburg.

    Kiel prevailed in a turbulent game with 34:33 (19:16) at the national champion and club world champion Magdeburg and took the lead of the table at least until Sunday.

    The 6600 fans in Magdeburg saw a fast and high-scoring game at a high level, in which neither team was able to break away clearly at the beginning. Both teams provided highlights in the early stages with spectacular finishes.

    Kiel hardly made any mistakes in the first half. Shortly before the break, coach Filip Jicha’s team pulled away by three goals and took this lead into half-time.

    Niklas Landin makes Magdeburg despair

    Even after the break, Kiel played disciplined and almost flawlessly, extending the lead to eight goals in the meantime. Especially the two-time world handball player Niklas Landin was a safe support for Kiel with his strong saves in goal.

    Magdeburg fought back into the game and reduced the deficit to one goal shortly before the end, but was unable to turn the game around.

    “The way we fought back is extraordinary. I would have liked to see the boys reward themselves for the last 15 minutes,” said SCM coach Bennet Wiegert after the game.

    Kiel is at the top of the league for the time being, Füchse Berlin have the chance to regain the top position on Sunday. Magdeburg is still in fourth place, but has played fewer games than the top three teams.