The underdog was extremely close to an upset, as right-wing Arnor Gunnarssson’s spin shot went wide at the end of the regular time in the second of two semi-finals at the REWE Final Four 2016 in Hamburg on Saturday night. In overtime heavily favored SC Magdeburg made sure of a second chance to beat Flensburg in the final after losing to the defending champions on penalties last year.
Austrian winger Robert Weber scored twelve times and Danish international Michael Damgaard added eight goals against the team of coach Sebastian Hinze, which hampered itself with illegal substitutions twice in the game. Magdeburg has qualified for next seasons EHF-Cup, as Flensburg will most likely take part in the EHF Champions League. It’s been the first time in the history of the Final Four that both semi-finals went to overtime.
Bergischer HC: Nippes (7), Gutbrod (5), Weiß (4), Szilagyi (4), Gunnarsson (3/1), Hoße (3), Hermann (3), Preuss (2), Oelze (2)
SC Magdeburg: Weber (12/3), Damgaard (8), Grafenhorst (6), Zelenovic (5), Bezjak (3), Bagersted (1), Lemke (1)
Spectators: 13.200 (sold out)