Even without superstar sander sagosen, defending champion THW kiel has passed the first test of the season in the handball bundesliga.
In the absence of the injured norwegian, who will be out for around three weeks due to a torn muscle fiber, the record champion defeated TSV hannover-burgdorf 34:31 (17:18). The title favorites, like table leaders SC dhfk leipzig, now have 4:0 points. The saxons also celebrated their second win of the season with a 29:22 (15:9) victory over the promoted HSC 2000 coburg.
This was also the case for the rhein-neckar lowen, who won the neighborhood derby against the eulen ludwigshafen with 26:24 (14:13), and MT melsungen with a 27:21 (13:8) against TBV lemgo lippe. The fuchse berlin, on the other hand, suffered a bitter defeat, losing the eastern duel against SC magdeburg 22:32 (12:14) in front of their home crowd.
In kiel, sagosen was sorely missed in the first half. At one point, the host team was already trailing by three goals. THW, for whom niclas ekberg was the best scorer with nine goals, only lived up to their role as favorites after the changeover. In the final phase of the first half, reactivated goalkeeper coach mattias andersson made his bundesliga comeback at THW. The 42-year-old had actually ended his career in 2018, but had been moved into the kiel squad a few days ago due to the long-term absence of the stammtorhuter niklas landin, who had undergone knee surgery.
In the berlin defeat, national player fabian wiede was on the pitch again for the first time after shoulder surgery and a ten-month break. "I naturally imagined the comeback quite differently," said the backcourt player. While the foxes didn’t get anything going, especially after the changeover, the magdeburg team around their top thrower michael damgaard (8 goals) recovered well from the surprising opening defeat against the bergischer hc.