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Barcelona with Jance and Makuc defended the title of European champion



Third place went to Kiel

The Barcelona handball players became European champions for the eleventh time. In the final of the Champions League in Cologne, after shooting 7-meter throws with 37:35, they defeated Kielce and defended last year’s title. After the regular part of the match, the result was 28:28, and after extra time 32:32.

They also play for Barca Blaž Janc in Domen Makucthey scored one goal each in the final.

Third place went to Kiel, which was also better than Veszprem after 7 penalties with 37:35.

The final match in front of 19,250 spectators was better started by the Catalans, who led 10: 7 in the 18th minute. Then the protégés of the famous Talent Dušebajev also caught their breath and equalized at 12:12. At half time, Barcelona had a goal advantage (14:13).

An even showdown continued in the second half. In the final, Barca smiled at the victory, but two seconds before the end of the regular part of the match with a shot from six meters, the Belarusian striker Arcjom Karalek forced an extension.

There was no final decision in the ten-minute extra time, and the Spaniards were more focused in the “lottery”. They scored all five penalties and missed out on the Polish team in the third set Alex Dušebajev.

Since organizing the final four tournaments in Cologne since 2010, Barcelona is the first club to defend the title, and with four victories in Germany, it is also the most successful.

Who is on the best team of the season?

The European Handball Federation (EHF) also announced the best team in the Champions League for the 2021/22 season before the start of the tournament at the Lanxess Arena. It includes Danish goalkeeper Niklas Landin (Kiel), Swedish left winger Hampus Wanne (Flensburg), Serbian left winger Petar Nenadić, French midfielder Kentin Mahe (both Veszprem), French right winger Dika Mem, Spanish right winger Aleix Gomez (both Barcelona ) and Polish striker Kamil Syprzak (PSG).

The best defensive player is German Hendrik Pekeler (Kiel), the best young player is Norwegian Tobias Groendahl (Elverum), and the best coach is Talant Dušebajev (Kielce).

Champions League

Final: BARCELONA – KIELCE 37:35 (28:28, 14:13) – after 7-meters Gomez 9, Mem and N’Guessan after 5 … Janc and Makuc after 1; Vujović, Alex, Dušebajev, Kuleš, Karalek and Moryto after 4.

Match for 3rd place: KIEL – VESZPREM 37:35 (34:34, 14:18) – by 7-metersBilyk 7, Zarabec 6; Omar 8 … Marguč 3, Blagotinšek without a goal.

Semifinals: KIELCE – Veszprem 37:35 (16:18) Moryto 8, Karačić 5; Lauge Schmidt 8, Štrlek 7, Marguč and Nenadić 6 each … Blagotinšek 1. RK: Blagotinšek 35.

BARCELONA – Kiel 34:30 (19:18) Gomez 12 … Janc 2, Makuc did not play; Wiencek 7 … Zarabec 2.

Source: Rtvslo

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