THW coach Filip Jicha shouted his joy and satisfaction over his first cup victory as coach of THW Kiel and proudly handed over the silver trophy in Hamburg’s confetti rain. “I’m very proud of the team how they did it,” he said after the convincing win over the league leaders, admitting in the first paragraph that he was “a bit angry” because “we were considered outsiders”. .
Jicha’s stars around the excellent goalkeeper Niklas Landin (42 percent saved balls) meanwhile celebrated Kiel’s return to the German cup throne with a wild indoor party with THW fans. “It’s a really nice feeling,” said pivot Patrick Wiencek: “We brought the trophy back to Kiel. That was what it was all about.”
It is also about prestige
The dream final between the two currently best German handball teams kept what it had promised on paper in front of a sold-out audience of 13,200 spectators: An intense game developed from the start, where the defense dominated. The stubborn duels proved: It was also about prestige, about the role as number one in Germany. No team wanted to retire.
In the eighth minute, Niclas Ekberg gave Schleswig-Holstein the first lead (3: 2) with a converted seven-meter throw, which was more alert and determined than the day before. troublesome 28:26 semifinal victory against defending champion TBV Lemgo Lippe.
The strong start in Kiel had an effect on the Bundesliga leaders, who were convincing in defense but not on offense. Magdeburg had to work hard for every goal that lacked dynamism and ideas to overcome the THW defense bulwark and Landin. After a quarter of an hour, the German record champions were 6: 4 ahead, after 20 minutes 9: 6.
Magdeburg after the break with a 5-0 run
SCM coach Bennet Wiegert had seen enough and took a break, praised the defensive work, called for calm and put the attack – otherwise the showpiece in the championship candidate’s game – leg. With success. Suddenly, the top of the class showed convincing fast handball and a 5-0 run followed by the Saxon-Anhalt team, which turned 6: 9 to 11: 9 (26th).
A turning point, but not a decisive one. Because it remained exciting – and the THW voted. Despite being outnumbered twice, backfield ace Sander Sagosen equalized to 12:12 (28th) for the record champion, who received more penalties than his opponents. One of the reasons Magdeburg was right in front with a nose at 13:12 in the heated cup match.
The last phase belongs to THW
The defensive match continued in the second half. Both teams accelerated and looked for a hole: 17:17 after 40 minutes. Shortly after, Steffen Weinhold made it 18:17 – the first Kiel lead since 9: 8 (22nd) – and then Sagosen made it 19:17 (43rd). At 22:19 (50th) through a remarkable spin by the circle player Hendrik Pekeler, the triumph of “Zebras”, who now made almost no mistakes, was already in the air.
Seven minutes before the end, the lead was already four goals (24:20). Not least thanks to Landin, who did a series of brilliant deeds in the Kiel goal and scored a total of 18 saves in the final. Overall the defensive performance: Kiel conceded just eight goals into the second half. Landin was honored as the tournament’s most valuable player after the match.
“The defense was amazing. The guys were so hot.”
THW coach Filip Jicha
Eventually it even became really clear because the Schleswig-Holsteins were on fire and the disappointed Magdeburgers managed only a little. The 1,200 Kiel fans in the hall celebrated frantically – as did the team on the floor below. “We would throw everything in. I’m overjoyed,” Jicha said. “We say ‘Bye Hamburg’ and say goodbye with a great feeling.”
Gislason: It was really fun in Hamburg
The Final Four of the Cup was held in Hamburg for the last time in 28 years, and the final round will be played in Cologne from next year. “It’s always been a big event, it was a lot of fun here,” said national coach Alfred Gislason, who has won six times as coach with THW in the Hanseatic city.
“The two days were a perfect end to great decades in Hamburg,” said league coach Frank Bohmann: “Again we saw three great matches and a breathtaking atmosphere. Of course we also have tears in our eyes to say goodbye in this way, but We look forward to Cologne. “
The hall holds 18,000 spectators. “It offers completely different possibilities,” said HBL president Uwe Schwenker from “Handball Week”. The prospect and expectation of a significantly higher income is “certainly understandable”.