Paris Saint Germain defeated MOL Pick Szeged last weekend in Szeged by three goals 27 – 30 and nobody were in doubt that the Frech superpower will do it so one more time on their home court. Guests had arived to the French capital without Alen Blazevic, injured.
Despite their favourite status, PSG with Karabatic brothers, Hansen, Abalo, Omeyer or Gensheimer produced a surprisingly average first half, where the defense and the goalkeeper performance were near to nothing as on the other side Pastor’s Szeged was flying on court, in attack Balogh, Bánhidi, Gorbok or Skube were scoring goal after goal, Sierra in goal stopped the Parisiens assault and Szeged had a three-goal advantage two minutes before the break, but hosts managed to reduce the gap to one, 16-17.
The second half was nothing else than the repetition of first from Szeged’s side, Serdarusic’s team seemed to be lost in their own play, and guest managed to increase their lead to four 21-25, the result which meant at that time the qualification of the Hungarians. Maybe it was a too huge step for Szeged or they just got tired and stressed by the chance, or just PSG started to show a few things of their values as they are formed by world class players. Mikkel Hansen and Karabatic started to put the ball behind Sierra and Omeyer had some important saves in the goal, which helped them to level the game and to turn it over, 25-25, 26-25, 27-26. The clock was ticking, Szeged got more tired and the experienced PSG managed to get the lead 30-29 , when was half minute left, but guests scored in the dying seconds of the match, the final score became 30 – 30.
PSG has advanced to the Velux EHF Champions League F4 in Cologne, aggregate score 60 -57.
PSG – MOL-Pick Szeged 30 – 30 (16 – 17)
PSG: Omeyer, Skof – Hansen 6, L.Karabatic 6, Abalo 4, Gensheimer 4, N.Karabatic 4, Remili 2, Stepancic 2, Narcisse 1, Nielssen 1, Accambray, Barachet, Kounkoud, Mølgaard, Nahi
Szeged: Sierra, Sego – Balogh 8, Bod4, Gorbok 4, Banidi 3, Obranovic 3, Skube 3, Kallman 2, Gaber 1, Rodriguez Alvaraz 1, Sostaric 1, Zubai, Boka, Buntic, Goncalvez Dos Santos,