De went completely bananas. Aalborg Handball’s head coach, Stefan Madsen, could have reported an assault when assistant coach Arnor Atlasson with director Jan Larsen right on his heels knocked over the bald man with the big glasses and the even bigger smile.
10 meters away, Aalborg’s well-grown handball men danced around like headless chickens. Jens Werner had signed with a 1 for the footwork, but in those seconds the Danish handball champions forgot all about grace. It was spontaneous joy over a historic result for the club.
The 27-24 home win over FC Porto just sent the North Jutlanders on to the Champions League quarter-finals. On the rule of most away goals after a 31-28 defeat in the first round of 16 in the port wine country. In the return match by the Limfjord, Aalborg never led by 4 goals.
Only 3 minutes before time did the Danes get their first three-goal lead. Then they had to fight back with an expulsion, and goalkeeper Mikael Aggefors had to take a penalty throw before Magnus Saugstrup scored the decisive goal 45 seconds before time, and Porto wing Antonia Areia shot the final finish past the long corner.
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