Berlin defeat Nimes to go top of group B
Füchse Berlin produced a great game in group B of the EHF European League Men to beat USAM Nimes 24:22 on Wednesday evening.
With both goalkeepers on fire and their defence at a high level throughout, the German team achieved their fifth victory in the group phase and remain unbeaten in this season's competition.
USAM Nimes Gard (FRA) vs Füchse Berlin (GER) 22:24 (13:12)
- Füchse Berlin's fifth win puts them top of group B
- Nimes suffered their third defeat in the group phase
- Remi Desbonnet (Nimes) made 16 saves, while Dejan Milosavljev (Füchse) made 15 saves
- Lasse Andersson, Milos Vujovic and Mijajlo Marsenic all scored five goals each for Füchse
- Jean-Jacques Acquevillo also netted five times for Nimes
Füchse Berlin built a wall in the second half
With the half-time score in Nimes' favour (13:12) after a balanced start to the match, it was easy to foresee a tight finish involving plenty of emotion on both sides.
However, as Dejan Milosavljev made 15 saves in the match and Füchse Berlin conceded only nine goals in the second half, the final two-goal margin might undersell the impressiveness of the German side's victory.
"We made the difference at the end of the game – I'm satisfied with what my team did tonight. We finished our actions well, even if the Nimes goalkeeper delivered a big performance. We put the necessary ingredients at this end of the match and that is the most important (thing)," said Füchse Berlin head coach Jaron Siewert.
"There is a bit of disappointment because we lost this meeting, but we achieved a big performance. Berlin is a big team in this competition. But this is encouraging for the future and this trip to Kristianstad where we will play second place, it's going to be an exciting match," said USAM Nimes head coach Franck Maurice.