PSG Handball can breathe a sigh of relief. This Thursday evening, on the occasion of the 10th matchday of the Champions League group stage, the Parisians came close to a damaging defeat, which would have slipped them to 9th place in Pool A, not qualifying for the knockout stages. But thanks to an imperial final raid, an excellent Jannick Green and a bit of luck, the Karabatic brothers' teammates snatched a precious victory (32-30). Thanks to these two points, they move up to 4th place, level with Szeged and just one point behind second place, occupied by their opponents of the day. Knowing that the top two will qualify directly for the quarter-finals.
For the past few weeks, Paris has been mired in a downward spiral on the European scene. Beaten three times in the last four games, the unbeaten leader of the Championship of France had to win this success. But with five minutes to go, the matter seemed to be in jeopardy. Without Andreas Palicka and Nikola Karabatic, PSG trailed by four goals, before turning the situation around.
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First it was the goalkeeper, Jannick Green, who sounded the revolt by stopping two Danish attempts in quick succession. At the other end of the pitch, Luka Karabatic, Kamil Syprzak, Luc Steins and Elohim Prandi, who took advantage of a deflection from the defence to score at the very end of possession, gradually gave the lead back to the Parisians, who never relinquished it. In their endeavor, they were also helped by their former teammate, Mikkel Hansen, who was guilty of a few unnecessary turnovers.
Victory was therefore essential on Thursday evening. In this Group A of the Champions League, extremely tight and indecisive, PSG could not string together a fifth match without a win. Now on the right track, he will be able to take a breather during the break, before apprehending his next match, on February 14, against Eurofarm Pelister, last with zero points.