The Rhein-Neckar Löwen were already leading by nine goals in the second half, something which doesn’t guarantee anymore as seen in Sunday’s epic EHF Champions League Final between Kielce and Veszprem. However, the league leader did actually hang on to beat the TSV Hannover-Burgdorf by a final score of 27-23 (17-11). The win means that a draw next Sunday at already relegated TuS N-Lübbecke will be enough for the team of Nikolaj Jacobsen to conquer its first ever domestic title.
After the game the sell-crowd of 13.200 said good bye to long-time captain Uwe Gensheimer, who will leave his hometown club in the summer to join Paris Saint-Germain. As his number 3 jersey was raised to the rafters he couldn’t hold back anymore with tears rolling down from his cheeks. In his farewell speech the face of German handball, who scored a game-high six goals, didn’t make any promises when it comes to the last game of the season next week, but made sure to let everybody know that he doesn’t want to leave without holding up the championship trophy.
Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Gensheimer (6/1), Petersson (5), Schmid (4), Ekdahl du Rietz (4), Reinkind (2), Pekeler (2), Baena Gonzalez (2), Guardiola Vilaplana (1), Groetzki (1)
TSV Hannover-Burgdorf: Patrail (5), Johannsen (5), Hykkerud (3), Christophersen (3), Häfner (2), Lehnhoff (2), Olsen (1), Schmidt (1), Mortensen (1)
Spectators: 13.200 (sold out)