Paris-SG dismisses Elverum and will find Kiel in the quarter-finals of the Champions League

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Paris-SG dismisses Elverum and will find Kiel in the quarter-finals of the Champions League

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 eliminated last year at the same stage (29-31, 34-28), a duel that promises to be explosive between two of the favorites for the final victory. It is the eighth time in a row since 2014 that Paris 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 French champions knocked out Elverum in the first period (20-14 at the break ).

The “1-5” defense with Benoît Kounkoud at the forefront disturbed the Norwegians a lot, like Eric Johansson, much less prominent than last week (barely 3/9 in shooting), and pivots reduced to bread dry. Only Stig-Tore Moen managed to set the sights (10 goals). But the offensive impact of Luc Steins (4/4 shooting, 7 assists) and, finally, Dainis Kristopans (7/10, 4 pd) finished making the difference for PSG.

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.

“We had two difficult matches but we kept our confidence, appreciated Benoît Kounkoud, also brilliant against the opposing goal with 6 goals, most of them in counter-attack. We had to prepare very well because we had problems in defense in the first leg, and we showed it tonight. Obviously, we are happy to go to the next round, but it’s not over, we want more. »

“We fought with everything we had and we made a lot of progress compared to last season, but in the end Paris showed that they are a top level team, their victory is deserved »greeted Borge Lund, the Norwegian coach.

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 (directly qualified) and its four Blues, Ludovic Fabregas, Dika Mem, Timothey N’Guessan and Melvyn Richardson in the quarterfinals.

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