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Häfner stays hot in crunchtime

Häfner stays hot in crunchtime

Amid the goal to climb up the standings after a tough start to the season and maybe finishing high enough to qualify for a spot in Europe, the TSV Hannover-Burgdorf was lucky enough to escape with a draw from its home game against the SC Magdeburg. After taking home a point from lowly TuS N-Lübbecke on the weekend, the “Recken” shared points again thanks to a late equalizer by European champion Kai Häfner.

The right-back, who leads the DKB Handball-Bundesliga in field goals this season, continued his hot streak with seven goals, and tied the game late, just like he did against Norway in the semi-finals of the EHF EURO 2016 in Poland. Hannover extended its unbeaten run to seven games, but missed a golden chance to close the gap on 5th-placed Füchse Berlin, as most of the 4.100 people in attendance left the sold-out Swiss-Life-Hall disappointed.

Hannover will now travel to Göppingen to face Frisch Auf and then host title-contenders SG Flensburg-Handewitt, while Magdeburg, stuck in the middle of the standings, will play away at Dinamo Bukarest and face Granollers (ESP) twice in the EHF Cup, while Lübbecke and Balingen (away) will be the opponents in the DKB Handball-Bundesliga, before the next national team awaits in March.

Statistics:

Hannover: Häfner (7), Karason (6/1), Patrail (5), Mortensen (4/1), Hykkerud (2), Christophersen (1), Kastening (1), Schmidt (1)

Magdeburg: Damgaard (10), Grafenhorst (7), Weber (5/2), Zelenovic (4), Bezjak (2/1), Bagersted (1)

Attendance: 4.100 (sold-out)

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