Handball Bundesliga: Kiel celebrates a clear victory in the north derby against Flensburg

With a convincing victory in the 108th northern derby against SG Flensburg-Handewitt, THW Kiel defended its lead in the Handball Bundesliga and made a clear statement in the fight for the title.

Handball Bundesliga: Kiel celebrates a clear victory in the north derby against Flensburg

With a convincing victory in the 108th northern derby against SG Flensburg-Handewitt, THW Kiel defended its lead in the Handball Bundesliga and made a clear statement in the fight for the title. The record champions clearly prevailed in front of 10,285 spectators in their home arena with 29:19 (13:8) and remain the leader with 43:9 points. The SG is fourth in the table with 39:13 points and is now four points behind the THW and has little chance of winning the championship.

"We're incredibly happy. With performances like this, we don't have to worry about our competitors," said THW goalkeeper Niklas Landin, who made 16 saves. And circle player Hendrik Pekeler was satisfied: "Today a lot went very well. We used the time well to refresh the basics and thus be fully there in the final spurt of the season."

With the 65th derby victory, Kiel successfully took revenge for the 23:36 in the first half of the season and caused great frustration for the rivals, who recently lost two more title chances in the cup semifinals and in the quarterfinals of the European League. "Three defeats in a few days - that's brutal and extremely painful," said SG director Jim Gottfridsson.

National coach on site

Flensburg got off to a good start in front of national coach Alfred Gislason and were not impressed by Kiel's rapid 3-1 lead. Towards the end of the first half, however, the SG fell back into old patterns, made too many misses and lost the ball.

Kiel mercilessly exploited the dropouts of the northern rival. With a 5:0 run, THW pulled away from 7:7 (20th) to 12:7 (30th). While Flensburg remained without a goal for ten minutes, Nikola Bilyk alone scored three times for the hosts in this phase. The Austrian was the best THW thrower with seven goals. The guests also started the second period with a five-minute goal drought, which decided the game early.

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