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Flensburg escapes Lemgo with narrow win

Flensburg escapes Lemgo with narrow win

Just three minutes after the start of the second half it looked almost certain that the SG Flensburg-Handewitt could say goodbye to all its title hopes, but an amazing run in the final ten minutes of the game and the saves of Kevin Möller made sure the German cup champion took home both points from Lemgo with a 32:30 (12:17) victory.

The game started quite well for the guests and they led be three (4:1) after just six minutes so the team of Ljubomir Vranjes was on the right track, but the TBV took over step by step, also thanks to a very good defensive performance. Right-wing Tim Hornke (8/3) took profit by scoring various goals on the fast-break, just like Patrick Zieker (4) on the left side.

At the break the guests looked a bit stunned being down by five and it looked even worse some minutes later. But a 4:1 run closed the gap for Flensburg and Lemgo started to get a little nervous. As it happens very often with the underdogs, the close they got to a huge upset, the more players start to feel the jitters. It also helped to have Lasse Svan in the lineup.

The Danish winger, who has been on fire lately, scored twelve goals and Flensburg turned around the game because his countryman Kevin Möller, who had replaced Mattias Andersson earlier in the game, saved several shots in crunchtime and made it possible for Svan or left-wing Anders Eggert (9/3) to score easy goals.

Playmaker Thomas Mogensen finally seems to have found his old form with six goals and after the win his team is now in second place for at least one day, because the THW Kiel plays tomorrow in Köln facing the Bergischer HC. Lemgo will finish the year in 13th place, independent from the outcome of the remaining games on Sunday.

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