Nantes missed the opportunity to temporarily take the lead in the Starligue handball while waiting for the Paris SG match by conceding the draw (28-28) at home against Nîmes (28-28), Friday at home in a tense meeting of the 28th day.
The “H” (2nd, 48 pts), returns to the height of the Parisians (1st), who receive Chartres on Saturday and can take two steps ahead before the clash between the two clubs, in the capital next Friday, decisive for the title two days to go.
If the PSG, eight times champion of France in title, enforces the hierarchy against Chartres, this dropped point does not fundamentally change things for the Nantes, who still have their destiny in hand: next week, a success by two goals of gap in Paris, who beat them by one in the first leg (33-32), and they will take the lead in the championship before the last day. Or a victory by a goal difference provided you register more than 33 goals.
Nantes should have won in the capital to dream of the title even in the event of success on Friday against the Gardois. Nantes can almost consider themselves lucky to have avoided a defeat in Nîmes which, on the other hand, would have seriously complicated their affairs.
Manhandled by the fifth in the championship, his rough defense and oily attacking game, they were two goals down (even with several +3 balls for Nîmes) until the last ten minutes, not equalizing (25-25 ) only six minutes from the siren.
The “H” then believed to hold the victory by taking a one-length lead (28-27) on a suspended shot from Aymeric Minne, while the referees had their arm raised (obligation to shoot for the team forward) and outnumbered, one minute from time.
But the untenable Egyptian left-back from Nîmes Ahmed Hesham (6 goals) equalized 25 seconds from the end before the referees whistled a walk against Lucas De La Bretèche on Nantes’ last possession.