Lowen again on course for title: commanding victory in magdeburg

Lowen again on course for title: commanding victory in magdeburg

Defending champions rhein-neckar lowen have once again demonstrated their ambitions to win the champions’ cup in the handball bundesliga.

The two-time champions put in a commanding performance to beat SC magdeburg 32-29 (15-11) at home. Only because of a less played game the lowen are on second place behind the fuchsen berlin.

The team around director andy schmid dominated the game and could have won by a higher margin if it had been more consistent. Schmid and gudjon valur sigurdsson were their team’s most successful scorers with seven goals each. On the magdeburg side, michael damgaard stood out with eight goals. Lowen goalkeeper mikael appelgren put in an outstanding performance with 15 saves. The mannheim team now has 18 points on its account and is the most stable team in the balanced field of the 18 german bundesliga teams. "It looks better and better. These are the big points you have to make if you want to be on top," said lowen coach nikolaj jacobsen on TV station sky.

Last season, the lowen suffered one of three season defeats at magdeburg’s getec arena. This time they didn’t let the team with the strongest home form this season get them out of their rhythm.

Top-ranked berlin beat frisch auf goppingen 38:32 (18:13) without any danger. For the team from the capital, it was also a little revenge. A few months ago, the berliners had lost the final of the EHF cup at the same venue.

Record champion THW kiel continued its auart trend. Coach alfred gislason’s team won against the eulen ludwigshafen with 28:21 (13:12). The favorite, however, had problems in the first half with the lively up-and-comer. The kielers, who have been extremely inconsistent this season, have picked up 7:1 points from their past four bundesliga matches.

TSV GWD minden celebrated its third win of the season against second-to-last vfl gummersbach with 29:24 (12:8). The gummersbach team conceded its ninth defeat of the season in its eleventh game. In the game of losers, HSG wetzlar ended its drought against HC erlangen. The hessians won 26:23 (12:8) after four defeats. Erlangen, on the other hand, conceded its sixth defeat in a row.

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