The HSG Wetzlar is kind of the feel-good story of the DKB Handball-Bundesliga season 2105/16, as the side of Kai Wandschneider is eyeing a place in Europe for the second time in club history. Many years ago the HSG Dutenhofen/Münchholzhausen participated in the Cup Winners Cup. But their international adventure is in jeopardy after losing 21-27 (9-12) at the Bergischer HC on Saturday. The hosts, who play their home games in either Wuppertal or Solingen, won for a third time in three games and have almost made sure of staying in the league after a very impressive performance.
Wetzlar missed some good chances early on as European champion Jannik Kohlbacher didn’t find his shooting rhythm, while the sell-crowd of 2.713 at the legendary Klingenhalle pushed the home team, led by an outstanding Alexander Hermann, who scored seven times, while right-wing Arnor Gunnarsson added nine, three from the penalty line. Even Andreas Wolff couldn’t’ save the day for Wetzlar, as Germany’s number one was left alone by his teammates. The BHC led by nine goals several times midway through the second half and only a miracle could put them into the relegation zone by season’s end with less than a handful games to go.
Bergischer HC: Gunnarsson (9/3), Hermann (7), Artmann (4), Gutbrod (3), Szilagyi (3), Majdzinski (1)
HSG Wetzlar: Holst (5/4), Fäth (4), Kohlbacher (3), Mirkulovski (2), Lipovina (2), Rompf (2), Prieto Martos (1), Hahn (1), Klesniks (1)
Spectators: 2.713 (sold out)