The Rhine-Neckar Lions have won their final home game in the group phase of the Champions League. The German vice-champion defeated the Danish champion KIF Kolding Copenhagen 24:20 (12:11) and scored seventeen points before the last day of the game, placing third in the group B.
Best goalkeeper of the lions was Stefan Sigurmannsson, who placed seven of his nine pitching attempts in the goal. Stefan Kneer also proved to be extremely effective with four hits in four attempts.
Coach Nikolaj Jacobsen once again spared many tribal forces from the Danish master and saw a disastrous start to his team’s encounter. The attack lacked pace, timing and ideas, but after a 3:8 delay (15), the Nordbadens slowly found their usual form and took a 12:11 to the break. After the change of sides, the lions initially acted more concentrated and went 16:12 (34.) in the lead. After that, the Viceroy gave up again, but the victory was no longer in danger against a weak opponent.
The eighth finals had already reached the lions before, but the group retreat and the related direct entry into the quarter finals is no longer possible. Kolding no longer has a chance to move into the K.O. round due to the bankruptcy of the last table.