The seasons follow one another and are alike for PSG.
Last year, the French champion began his European campaign with a defeat (28-29) at Coubertin against the Germans in Flensburg.
On the ground of the Hungarians of Veszprém, Raul Gonzalez and his players have once again failed (31-34), for their second match since the resumption.
A reaction is expected next Thursday at home against Bucharest, surprising striker this Thursday from Kielce (32-29).
What you must remember
It was essential to start well in this "group of death", which brings together several other contenders for the final trophy, including the Poles from Kielce, the Germans from Flensburg, and Barcelona, defending champion. The stake is even more important for the PSG, which has never been crowned and which will see its group profoundly altered next year. Last December, in the deserted Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Paris emerged victorious from the duel against Veszprém in the match for 3rd place in the 2019-2020 Champions League. In front of their audience all dressed in red, the Hungarians stand up to the champion of France thanks to Rodrigo Corralès, who makes miseries at his former club (8-7, 10th).
Paris took advantage of the generosity of the opposing defense and Luka Karabatic, as a good captain, chained the goals. In difficulty in his cage, Vincent Gérard gives way to Yann Genty, his double in the France team, who is decisive from his entry. The Parisian defense closes everything and the cons parade through the Dutchman Luc Steins, revelation of last year (12-11, 20th, then 12-16, 29th). At the break, the gap is made (13-17).
But Veszprém has pride and does not want to suffer a 7th consecutive defeat against Paris, which soon has only one goal left (18-19, 36th).
The minutes pass, Nedim Remili and his teammates are outnumbered but fail to make the break.
The Hungarians get back to the score, pass in front at the best of times (27-26, 51st) and take three steps ahead.
Cupara stops the shots from Steins and Grébille.
Paris is punished.
The player: Yann Genty
The one who announced his international retirement at the end of the Tokyo Games replaced Vincent Gérard after twenty minutes of play. The former Chambérien, who will leave the capital at the end of the season, first made the right saves at the right times to avoid the return of the Veszprém players, on fire upon returning from the locker room, before sinking like his partners.
With his 9 saves, the international goalkeeper did what he could.
The number: 1
This is PSG's first defeat against Veszprém, after six victories (including 4 away) for the capital club against the same opponent. The beautiful Parisian series began 5 years ago, in November 2016 (29-28). By this time, Uwe Gensheimer's winning goal ended Veszprém's almost four-year unbeaten game in his hall. In 13 confrontations (12 in the Champions League, one in a friendly), the two teams had left each other only once with a draw (24-24 in 2015).