Hooked in the first period by Dunkirk, Montpellier made the difference after the break to win clearly (28-37). At the same time, PSG did not go into detail against Istres (42-30) and ensured that they remained second in the Liqui Moly StarLigue standings.
Montpellier does not intend to let go of its leading position! The MHB, in the wake of its clear success at Ferencvaros in the European League, went to seek victory at Dunkirk… but it was not easy, at least in the first period. If Jaime Fernandez (2 goals on 5 shots) and Karl Konan (2 goals on 2 shots) allowed the MHB to race in the lead, the gap never exceeded two lengths ahead on either side . A 3-0 after the first ten minutes had allowed USDK to make a break that did not hold.
The fifteen minutes leading up to the break saw the two teams surrender blow for blow but it was Kyllian Villeminot (7 goals from 12 shots) who had the last word to allow the Hérault club to take the lead. From the start, Patrice Canayer’s players set the record straight. Too clumsy, the Dunkirks conceded a 5-0 in the first seven minutes of the second act. An advantage that the MHB increased to ten units at the start of the last ten minutes of the match. Slowing down, the Montpellier residents won in the end with a margin of nine units (28-37) and will spend a serene weekend at the top of the standings.
[#LiquiMolyStarLigue – J21]
🔥 The first place kept by the MHB!
✅Beating the @USDKDunkerque on its floor, the MHB is still the leader after 21 days
🔴Next game at #FDISTADIUM :
🏆8th final return of the@ehfel_official
— Montpellier Handball (@mhbofficiel) March 24, 2023
PSG easy against Istres
PSG Handball did not tremble for very long against Istres. Exempted from European matches this week thanks to their direct qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the capital club did not hold back their blows against the penultimate of the Liqui Moly StarLigue classification. Indeed, the teammates of Edgar Dentz (5 goals on 8 shots) and Andrea Parisini (4 goals on 5 shots) deceived the time of the first seven minutes of the meeting and really hung on during the first quarter of an hour . From then on, under the impetus of Ferran Solé Sala (4 goals on 4 shots), Kamil Syprzak (7 goals on 8 shots) and captain Luka Karabatic (9 goals on 9 shots), PSG Handball has irretrievably detached itself from the scoreboard.
The result was a margin of eight lengths at the end of a smoothly conducted first period. Back on the Stade Pierre-de-Coubertin floor, the Istreans tried to hold on, the gap fluctuating between seven and nine goals during the first fifteen minutes of the second act. However, the Parisians did not give up and put a final boost to exceed the bar of ten units in advance. In the end, the Capital club won by twelve lengths (42-30) and temporarily takes two steps ahead of Nantes, which receives Toulouse this Sunday.