Kiel (dpa) – Even without superstar Sander Sagosen, defending champion THW Kiel passed the endurance test of the first season in the Bundesliga handball.

In the absence of the injured Norwegian, who is out for about three weeks due to a torn muscle fiber, the record champion TSV beat Hannover-Burgdorf 34:31 (17:18). Just like championship leaders SC DHfK Leipzig, the title favorite has 4: 0 points. The Saxons also celebrated their second win of the season with a 29:22 (15: 9) over newly promoted HSC 2000 Coburg.

This was also achieved by the Rhein-Neckar Löwen, who won the neighborhood derby against Eulen Ludwigshafen with 26:24 (14:13), and MT Melsungen with 27:21 (13: 8) against TBV Lemgo Lippe. On the other hand, there was a bitter bankruptcy for the Füchse Berlin, who lost the East game against SC Magdeburg to their own audience at 22:32 (12:14).

In Kiel, Sagosen was sorely missed in the first half. In the meantime, the hosts were already behind with three goals. Only after the change did the THW, for whom Niclas Ekberg was the best pitcher with nine goals, fulfilled its favorite role. In the final phase of the first half, the reactivated goalkeeper coach Mattias Andersson made his comeback in the Bundesliga at THW. The 42-year-old actually ended his career in 2018, but joined Kiel’s side a few days ago due to the long absence of regular goalkeeper Niklas Landin, who had surgery on his knee.

At the defeat in Berlin, national player Fabian Wiede was back in a competitive match for the first time after shoulder surgery and a ten-month break. “Of course I imagined the comeback would be very different,” said the defender. Although nothing went for the Füchsen, especially after the change, the team from Magdeburg around their top pitcher Michael Damgaard (8 goals) had recovered well from the surprising opening defeat against Bergische HC.

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