This match between PSG and Plock, this Wednesday in Paris, will not go down in history, but the main thing for the Parisian club was to unlock its counter (37-33 victory) in the Champions League, seven days after losing to Veszprem (36-34) at the start of the group stage. At the same time, Plock won against Porto (27-23).
At a time when the tendency is to play at top speed, Plock completely explodes: the Poles impose a rhythm of a rare slowness. It is true that with Daniel Sarmiento (39 years old next month), the former Saint-Raphaël out of retirement, and Mirsad Terzic (39 years old), that does not encourage riding. It had the effect of disrupting PSG for a long time. What's more, the Polish defense did not let Luc Steins lead the game with his usual liveliness (2-4, 7th; 3-6, 9th; 4-7, 11th).
The passage of Nikola Karabatic (38 years old certainly but with the energy of a junior) from left-back to center-half (16th) in the relay of Steins had the effect of unblocking the situation which the Polish pivot of PSG, Kamil, took advantage of. Syprzak (7 goals including 3 penalties at 100% in the first act). But a double temporary exclusion 13 seconds apart, from Elohim Prandi and Dainis Kristopans (20th), allowed Plock to stay in the wake of Paris (10-9, 20th). Then, Luc Steins rebounded from his box, Elohim Prandi played his power and Syprzak (9 out of 10 in the end, a missed penalty) stayed on his momentum to allow the French champion to take the lead at the break (18 -16).
In the second act, PSG finally took the measure of the Polish game (24-20, 38th), without panicking as often, relying on a tough defense behind which Andreas Palicka was solid (for his return, Jannick Green, a time hampered by a muscle injury, was not very successful). With a Nikola Karabatic still as valuable and successful on shots (7 out of 7), PSG were then able to unfold (30-22, 46th) to offer themselves a first success in this group A against Plock against which they did not have so never lost again. Next Wednesday, it should be another matter with a trip to Magdeburg (which plays this Thursday against Zagreb), the reigning German champions.