Fuchs Berlin should worry about reaching the last four of the European League. The Handball Bundesliga team lost the first leg of the quarterfinals on Tuesday evening at 29:32 (11:13) in front of empty teams at top French club Montpellier HP.
The best Berlin bowlers were Fabian White and Los Anderson with six wins each. The second leg will take place next Tuesday in the German capital.
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Coach Jaron Seaward had to do without the injured Milos Wuzovic and Paul Trucks. But even without both, Fuchs came off to a good start and took a 3-2 lead. The guests worked very carefully and defensively, initially allowing only a few good chances for Montpellier. But in attacking the positions, the Berliners were much harder to resist the onslaught of the French.
So they made some ball losses and missed throws and then ran after a remnant. But the foxes were quiet, equal to 7: 7, mainly thanks to some strong savings from keeper Tejan Milosavljev. But the final weakness persisted and the gap grew to three goals for the first time (8:11).
The Berliners came out of the locker room well and took the lead again at 17:16 36 minutes later. But they now lost two goals. The foxes now gave more litter, and in the final stage the cover was less. The French took advantage of this and took the lead by three goals. (dpa)