A new setback for the Rhine Neckar Lions! After the Bundesliga bankruptcy against the SG Flensburg Handewitt, the lions also went bankrupt in the Champions League. At the Polish representative KS Kielce, the Germans lost with 27:28.
Both teams gave up nothing from the start and gave themselves an exciting fight on a good level. Above all, however, European champion Tobias Reichmann repeatedly found the way to the door of the lions and thus provided a guide for the Polish master. After twenty minutes, it led with four gates, but the guests from Baden fought again and again.
Nevertheless, the Bundesliga ran more than fifty minutes behind a delay and failed several times at the possible balance. The catch-up in the final seconds came a touch late in the end. A better switch-over game and well-used surplus situations were finally enough for the Poles to achieve a near success.
Point would have been deserved
“We would have earned at least one point. The defeat is extremely annoying, because the boys have fought super,”said Lion Coach Nikolaj Jacobsen at Sky.
The lions already qualified for the eighth finals thus missed in Group B in the race for one of the first four places that guarantee the right of home in the rematch in the first round of the round, an important victory. Stalker Vardar Skopje (14) defeated IFK Kristianstad 38:36 (21:19) and sits on rank five to the Mannheimers two game days before the end of the group phase in the neck.
Best thrower of the lions, who gave up the first recently recovered national player Patrick Groetzki, was Mads Mensah Larsen with six hits. Reichmann added four gates to Kielce’s page.