TOPS/FLOPS – PSG was able to count on a Kristopans-Prandil duo in great shape against the sadness of Kiel illustrated by Sander Sagosen. Discover the Tops / Flops of PSG-Kiel (32-29).
Kristopans the control tower
The Latvian made a thunderous start to the game by scoring 5 goals in the first half. He was the one who carried PSG on his broad shoulders to send his team into the last four, despite his two temporary exclusions during the first act. He finished with 6 goals (top scorer of the match) with 100% success and showed total and continuous power, which martyred the defense in front of him.
Elohim Prandi in distribution
The French international delivered a high-level performance in addition to having delivered numerous caviars to his partners. First scorer on an overpowered shot (5th), he then understood that salvation would come from his partners against a defense that was consumed a lot on him. That’s why he finished with 2 goals and a very satisfactory copy.
Jannick Green, the Danish wall
The PSG goalkeeper left only crumbs for the Kiel players who often broke their teeth against him, bringing the opposing efficiency to 62% (against 68% for PSG). The last rampart made 11 parades, he who had managed 12 in the first leg. In handball, you can’t win without a great goalkeeper and PSG can have ambitions in this competition with a goalkeeper who has shown himself to be more than level on the double confrontation.
Very present in the first leg, the Norwegian was not at the same level in this quarter-final second leg. He didn’t weigh in on the game when his team needed it. Offensively he tried very little despite his efficiency (4 goals), while he often found himself overwhelmed in defense against the power of Kristopans who made a recital against him. In lack of rage like his third goal (44th) where he could have shouted all his rage to take his partners on a crazy comeback. Instead, he sat down quietly without saying anything, proof of the Parisian superiority in the state of mind.
Kiel lacking in bite
One thing is certain, this Kiel is no longer the big club that reigned over Europe a short time ago. Quadruple winners of the competition (2007, 2010, 2012 and 2020), the Germans were inferior to the Parisians during these two confrontations. But this Wednesday evening during the quarter-final return, we did not recognize a team fighting for its survival in the queen competition. With a deficit of 4 goals before kick-off, Kiel were never able to reverse the trend knowing that they never led. The state of mind was not up to par and the players showed no burst of pride capable of reversing a badly embarked situation.