The Rhein-Neckar Löwen will go with empty hands for a ninth time in nine tries after losing the first semi-finale of the REWE Final Four 2016 to the SG Flensburg-Handwitt 30-31 (26-26, 12-14) in overtime. Anders Eggert tied the score at 26 after 60 minutes. The time had already expired when the Danish left-wing lobbed the ball over Löwen goalkeeper Mikael Appelgren in icecold fashion.
Prior to the penalty defensive stalwart Hendrik Pekeler was sent off with a red card, therefore missing the extra session. It made a huge difference, as Flensburg used its speed to score some easier goals in overtime to escape with a thrilling victory. Some wild scenes occured in the end, causing two more red cards, against Rasmus Lauge and Rafael Baena. Flensburg will face the winner of the game between Magdeburg and the Bergischer HC tomorrow.
Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Gensheimer (11/8), Petersson (4), Pekeler (2), Groetzki (3), Ekdahl du Rietz (4), Mensah Larsen (3), Schmid (2), Baena (1)
SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Mogensen (5), Jakobsson (4), Lauge (5), Mahe (5), Kozina (1), Eggert (3/3), Gottfridsson (2), Svan (1), Glandorf (5)
Spectators: 13.200 (sold out)