It's an incredible thunderclap.
Unbeaten on the floors of the Liqui Moly Starligue since April 2021, and a narrow defeat at home (24-25) against Nantes, PSG handball lost on Sunday on the field of Toulouse (35-27) during the third day of the championship.
Accustomed to correcting and lecturing their opponents on the French scene, the players from the capital have never been able to impose themselves.
They were trailing the entire game.
After a season last when they had won all their duels (30, the national record), the Parisians saw their incredible series of invincibility (35 wins in a row) come to an abrupt end on the third day.
Paris, which remains on 8 coronations in a row since 2014, suffered its 3rd setback in the league in… 106 games.
60': It's over, Paris loses for the first time in #LiquiMolyStarLigue for a long time.
Congratulations to @FENIX_HB!
More info to come #FENPSG pic.twitter.com/5kTpg1i8nW
– PSG Handball (@psghand) September 25, 2022
The Latvian giant Dainis Kristopans (2.15 m), author of 7 goals, was one of the only Parisians to float in this sinking.
Nikola Karabatic ends with a 0 of 4 on shots.
In early September, PSG had already seen its hegemony crack with a setback against Nantes during the Champions Trophy (33-37).
The offseason departures of Mikkel Hansen (Aalborg), Nedim Remili (Kielce), Vincent Gérard (Saint-Raphaël), Yann Genty (Limoges) and Benoît Kounkoud (Kielce) have obviously not been digested or compensated.
Especially since the summer recruits are struggling: the Swedish goalkeeper Andreas Palicka made only three saves during the first period before being released by Raul Gonzalez in favor of his understudy, Jannick Green (eight saves).
Winger David Balaguer, who arrived this summer from Nantes, also made a score insufficient, missing three shots at the start of the second period, and ultimately scoring only one goal.
The capital club, also involved in the Champions League, where it logically lost its first match to Veszprem (Hungary), one of the favorites, then reassured itself by beating Plock (Poland), must quickly find automatisms .
For its part, Nantes confirmed its excellent start to the season by mastering Ivry, thanks to a very good performance by its Croatian goalkeeper Ivan Pesic (19 saves) and its collective, with five players with more than three goals.
The HBC is alone at the top of the championship.
This season promises to be more indecisive than ever.