Kiel end group phase with a Great Listing
That they had to fight hard, mainly at the first half, but THW Kiel was able to secure their sixth successive win in that season’s EHF Cup Group Phase. Much like at the first match between the two teams (26:23), Azoty-Pulawy were a hard nut to crack — and despite their earlier qualification for its AKQUINET EHF CUP FINALS, Kiel had to present their all to maintain their perfect album.
- Including qualification, Kiel have won eight of their EHF Cup matches of this season.
- Pulawy finish bottom of the Band D table without a single victory.
KS Azoty-Pulawy SA (POL) vs THW Kiel (GER) 26:35 (14:15)
With both clubs’ qualification status decided, the significance of the Group D match was quite low, but also the fighting spirit of either side on display had been quite high. THW Kiel had confirmed their spot at the AKQUINET EHF CUP FINALS on 17/18 might, while KS Azoty-Pulawy SA could not finish higher than fourth place in Group D.
The first half was a largely even contest, using narrow advantages of Kiel thanks to their more efficient rear court axis and lineup player Henrik Pekeler.
But Pulawy were exceptionally motivated to finish their European season using a first win at the group phase and very often found the gaps in the THW defence. Last, the people were before a one-goal margin at the rest, though Nikola Bilyk failed with a final free throw after the halftime buzzer — and nothing was picked after 30 minutes.
As a result of a strong display from Russian-born goalkeeper Vadim Bogdanov, Pulawy stayed competitive in the beginning stages of the second half.
Consequently, the favoured Kiel side Couldn’t fend off the hosts easily, but when Niklas Ekberg managed to score a penalty shot after the fracture, Kiel held their first three-goal direct of this match.
When Kiel expanded their lead to five intentions (24:19), it appeared they had closed the deal. Whilst Pulawy temporarily reduced the perimeter to 21:24 after 43 seconds, a dominant final quarter in Kiel fundamentally secured a nine-goal win.
As a consequence of t th Holstebro’s early in the day easy win in Group C, the final decision of the group phase is going to be used on Sunday at Group D, when GOG at the very least demand one point to fix the final position inside the EHF Cup quarterfinal in Granollers.
TEXT: Björn Pazen / jw