First bankruptcy! Kiel pats against Porto
The THW Kiel must be beaten for the first time in this Champions League season. Against Porto afford the Kieler numerous ball losses.
The handball championship was defeated in front of their own audience, the Portuguese representative FC Porto surprising with 27:28 (14:13). Porto's backcourt Rui Silva scored the decisive goal in the final second.
It was in the seventh round match, the first defeat for the Group B leaders, who had previously only a point at the Polish representative KS Kielce left. Already on Thursday, the Kiel had lost in the Bundesliga at the Rhein-Neckar LOwen (25:26), for the first time this season they conceded two defeats in a row.
Kiel makes eleven ball losses
Seven goals from the Swedish right winger Niclas Ekberg and six goals from the Norwegian Vice World Champion Harald Reinkind kept the Kiel players in the game against Porto. The THW was visually superior, but did not manage to set itself apart from the uncomfortable Portuguese. Above all, the actions in the attack were often too shabby, Porto thanked for eleven ball losses of the Kiel. In addition, the defense of the THW with the national player Patrick Wiencek and Hendrik Pekeler in the inner block did not consistently provide the usual stability.
As early as next Wednesday (13 November), Kiel will play in the second leg in Porto. As a possible winner of the group, the THW could skip the round of 16 and thus save a step on the long way to the Final Four in Cologne (30/31 May 2020).