Expect for red-hot left-back Julius Kühn the VfL Gummersbach didn’t have enough weapons to make league-leading Rhein-Neckar Löwen suffer in a game which was almost over at halftime. The guests, who were able to train with the whole team for only two days because of the Olympic qualification tournament, didn’t look tired at all and used their outstanding defensive to run away from Gummersbach early on. While Kühn kept shooting and also scoring, the rest of his teammates lacked fire-power to score easy goals, causing a six-goal deficit (9-15) at the break.
The game didn’t take any surprising twists and turns in the second half, as the Löwen, led by Uwe Gensheimers’s ten goals, used all their self-confidence to even make it a little desaster for the VfL. The guests won by a final score of 33-22. Up next for the Löwen is a game against lowly TBV Lemgo at home, another chance to widen the gap towards the THW Kiel and SG Flensburg-Handewitt in the goal difference deparment. Gummersbach will travel to Wetzlar in ten days.
VfL Gummersbach: Persson 6, Baumgartner 3, Kühn 3, Schindler 3, Pevnov 2, Becker 1, Schmidt 1, Schröter 1, von Gruchalla 1
Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Gensheimer 10, Schmid 5, Pekeler 4, Baena 3, Groetzki 2, Kneer 2, Mensah 2, Petersson 2, Reinkind 2, Steinhauser 1
Spectators: 4.132 (sold out)