After two defeats in a row in all competitions, Montpellier relaunched at the expense of Tremblay, the red lantern of Lidl Starligue. Nîmes and Toulouse also took advantage of receiving to win.
After falling against PSG and Füchse Berlin, Montpellier needed to regain confidence. And, for that, nothing better than the reception of the red lantern of Lidl Starligue, Tremblay. But the Parisians, led by Pedro Portela (5 goals on 6 shots), did not let Patrice Canayer’s players deploy their game during the first period, with only three lengths of difference between the two teams at the end of the First 30 minutes. But, back on the floor, the situation has changed. The Tremblaysiens were silenced by Kevin Bonnefoi (15 stops at 43% efficiency) for thirteen endless minutes which allowed Montpellier to sign an 11-0 to widen a final gap. Hugo Descat’s teammates (9 goals on 10 shots) managed the end of the match to win by twelve lengths (34-22) and come back to six points from PSG. Tremblay, for his part, remains last in the standings with three points behind Créteil.
Held in check by Dunkirk in the middle of the week, Nîmes had to win against Cesson-Rennes to remain in a strong position in the race for fourth or even third place. But the “Green Team” missed the start of the match, finding themselves behind by four goals after ten minutes of play. But this delay was gradually remedied by Mohammad Sanas’ teammates (8 goals on 9 shots). The two teams then neutralized each other but Ahmed Hesham (4 goals on 6 shots) allowed USAM to return to the locker room with a goal in advance. The two teams were then unable to decide until the start of the last ten minutes, during which Rémi Desbonnet (12 saves at 31% efficiency) made the necessary saves to allow Nîmes to break away to win by two lengths (29-27). The Gardois take two points ahead of Aix and come back three lengths from Nantes when Cesson-Rennes continues a second loss in a row.
Toulouse, which remained on a setback against PSG, received this Saturday Saint-Raphaël, who expected to revive after three consecutive setbacks. But the Var were very quickly disillusioned. Indeed, the Fenix very quickly took control of the meeting, taking four goals in advance shortly before the quarter of an hour of play. If the Bretons tried to hold, Ayoub Abdi (5 goals on 5 shots) gave four lengths ahead of Toulouse at the break. Taking advantage of the performance of Jef Lettens (11 saves at 31% efficiency) in his goal, the Fenix kept the hand at the start of the second period, counting up to eight lengths in advance with 17 minutes of the end of the match. . The two teams gave their all at the end of the match but the Toulousains were able to stay the course to go for a victory of five lengths (32-27) which allows them to consolidate their eighth place. with three points ahead of… Saint-Raphaël, which however has two games less compared to the Bretons.
HANDBALL – LIDL STARLIGUE / 24EME JOURNEE
Friday 23 April 2021
Chambéry – Istres : 30-21
Saturday April 24, 2021
18:00: Montpellier – Tremblay
18:00: Nîmes – Cesson-Rennes
20h30 : Toulouse – Saint-Raphael
Sunday April 25, 2021
Montpellier – Tremblay : 34-22
Nîmes – Cesson-Rennes: 29-27
Toulouse – Saint-Raphaël: 32-27
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
19h00 : Créteil – Limoges