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Handball: The Cup for PSG

After resisting a big start to the match in Montpellier and thanks to a precious Vincent Gérard, PSG got the best of the Hérault (26-30) and won their fifth Coupe de France.

Before playing his European season against Kiel, PSG have already got their hands on a trophy. While the title of champion of France seems promised to him, the club of the Capital won this Saturday at the expense of Montpellier the Coupe de France at the end of the only match played this season in this competition. A duel between the first two of Lidl Starligue which saw Montpellier start very strongly. Taking advantage of an intervention by Kevin Bonnefoi (1 stop at 8% efficiency) and Parisian blunders, the Héraultais took three goals ahead after less than four minutes.

A missed start to the match which, however, did not worry Raul Gonzalez Gutierrez’s players. Thanks in particular to Dylan Nahi (7 goals on 9 shots), the club of the Capital came back to height four minutes later. The two formations then surrendered blow for blow but, gradually, it is the Parisians who took the ascendancy with an ever more solid defense and a Vincent Gérard increasing in power (7 saves at 27% efficiency). The gap then stabilized around the three goals until the break.

PSG puts an end to its inferiority complex

Back on the floor, Nedim Remili (4 goals on 7 shots) set the tone for the second period, with two goals that gave the Paris club five lengths. Nevertheless, Montpellier never gave up and, just over a quarter of an hour away, had the ball to get back to a goal. But Kyllian Villeminot (4 goals on 6 shots) failed against Vincent Gérard. In the process, Luc Steins (1 goal on 1 shot) and Luka Karabatic (4 goals on 4 shots) were at the origin of a 3-0 which allowed PSG to approach the last ten minutes with a margin of five goals.

Patrice Canayer then tried everything to restart this final of the Coupe de France, not hesitating to take out Marin Sego (8 saves at 31% efficiency) to play seven in the field. But, thanks in particular to Mikkel Hansen (7 goals on 7 shots), the capital club held on to win in this final (26-30) and win their fifth Coupe de France. Beaten by Montpellier in the first three finals between the two clubs (2001, 2003 and 2008, PSG have defeated the Indian sign and will be able to approach their quarter-final second leg of the Champions League with maximum confidence.



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