There will again be two French clubs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season. Thursday, Paris-SG logically eliminated Elverum (37-30, 30-30 first leg) and joined Montpellier, who defeated Porto on Wednesday (35-27, 29-29 first leg). Like the MHB, the team from the capital very quickly made people forget their failed end to the first leg (they had led by five goals, 22-17) and largely won.
Between May 11 and 19, PSG will find the Germans of Kiel (directly qualified thanks to their 2nd place in group A of the first phase), which they had eliminated last year at the same stage, a duel which explosive announcement between two of the favorites to the final victory. It is the eighth time in a row since 2014 that the capital club has reached the quarter-finals (the 8th and quarter-finals were canceled in 2020 due to Covid-19).
Kounkoud brilliant in attack and defense
Despite several major absences (Mikkel Hansen and Nedim Remili forfeited, Vincent Gérard and Henrik Toft Hansen left on the bench most of the game as a precaution), the Parisians knocked out Elverum in the first period (20-14 at the break).
The “1-5” defense with Benoît Kounkoud (also brilliant in counter-attacking) at the forefront disturbed the Norwegians a lot, like Eric Johansson, much less prominent than last week. The attacking impact of Luc Steins and, finally, of Dainis Kristopans finished making the difference.
Under the eyes of Luc Abalo, former of the two clubs returned to the Paris region after the end of his season in Japan, Coubertin and the Ultras were able to celebrate throughout the second period.
In the other match of the evening, Flensburg, narrowly beaten in Szeged (36-35), won their ticket thanks to their clear success in the first leg (25-21). The German club will challenge defending champion Barcelona in the quarter-finals.