CL quarter-finals against Kielce: Magdeburg books the final four ticket in the seven-meter thriller

CL quarterfinals against Kielce
Magdeburg books the Final Four ticket in the seven-meter thriller

In the regular season, SC Magdeburg missed out on progressing in the Champions League, but the defending champions showed strong nerves in the seven-meter throw. The SCM defeats KS Kielce and reaches the Final Four again.

The German handball cup winner SC Magdeburg has taken a big step towards the triple with their dramatic entry into the Champions League semi-finals. The defending champion and designated champion prevailed in the quarter-final second leg against last year’s Polish finalist KS Kielce and the German national goalkeeper Andreas Wolff after a nerve-racking thriller with 4:3 in the seven-meter throw. At the end of regular time, the Bundesliga leaders were ahead 23:22 (11:13), thus making up for the 26:27 defeat from the first leg.

In the final minute, the SCM played down the time with a one-goal lead, but Michael Damgaard’s throw didn’t go into the goal – and since Kielce didn’t equalize, the game went to a penalty throw. There, goalkeeper Sergej Hernandez saved three of the six shots and Magdeburg was in the Final Four. On Thursday, the German record champion THW Kiel can follow the SCM into the Final Four finals (June 8th/9th) in Cologne.

“It was an incredible game, I think it was perhaps our best game ever in this hall,” said Magdeburg’s Swedish five-goal scorer Felix Claar on the Dyn microphone. Wolff, on the other hand, was “extremely disappointed. It hurts a lot, and I’m also seething because it’s not the first time we’ve squandered our goals like that.”

Wolff saves several seven meters, but cannot avert the goal

Magdeburg initially did not find the rhythm they had hoped for against Kielce in order to catch up. Coach Bennet Wiegert’s team had to chase a deficit for a long time before the hosts took the lead for the first time after 21 minutes – through goalkeeper Sergej Hernandez. With their backs against the wall, the home team managed to turn things around after the break with a remarkable improvement. The outstanding SCM player alongside the strong keeper Hernandez was Omar Magnusson with six goals in the game and also the decisive goal in the seven-meter throw. On the other hand, Wolff was unable to prevent his team from being knocked out despite several seven-meter saves.

Kiel can on Thursday (6.45 p.m./Dyn and DAZN) against Montpellier HB for the first finals in the European premier class with two Bundesliga teams since winning the title ten years ago. However, the Zebras’ chances are extremely slim after the 30:39 first leg defeat in France.

Like Magdeburg, Aalborg BK already has a ticket to Cologne in their pocket. The Danes beat top Hungarian club Veszprem HC 33:28 (first leg: 31:32). FC Barcelona and Paris St. Germain will play another Final Four participant on Thursday (first leg: 30:22).

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