The German record champion THW Kiel remains in the Champions League on the eighth final course.
With the cadets Schaffhausen, the THW won after a difficult first half in the end with 30:25 (13:13) and moved past the North rival SG Flensburg Handewitt in the Table A for the time being. The Bundesliga top rider must compete at Wisla Plock in Poland on Sunday.
Three days after the close 29:30 defeat against Flensburg in the Bundesliga, the Kielers in Schaffhausen had to manage without their two main players Steffen Weinhold and Niklas Landin. Left-handed Weinhold is still working on the consequences of the Syndesmoserism suffered at the World Cup in January. In practice on Thursday, goalkeeper Landin had severed his left thumb and suffered an open wound. The Danish Olympic winner has already been operated on and is expected to be absent for two weeks.
For Landin, national goalkeeper Andreas Wolff jumped into the breach, which was an asset in Schaffhausen especially during the second half of the season together with game designer Domagoj Duvnjak. In addition, after the break, the Swiss hosts did not come over the first and second waves as effectively as they did in the first half of the game. Every attack by the Kielers was carried out by Duvnjak, who drew all the registers and staged his fellow players, but also excellently himself.
Kiel has to re-enter the Champions League next Wednesday, then it goes against the Hungarian top team Telekom Veszprem in front of its own audience. In the summer Flensburg’s long-time coach Ljubomir Vranjes moves there.