Frankfurt / Main (AP) - The top trio of the handball Bundesliga shows no weaknesses in the title fight.

Record champion THW Kiel defended the championship lead with a 29:19 against Eulen Ludwigshafen on the weekend, ahead of the tied Rhein-Neckar Löwen (both 18: 2), who achieved a 29:24 success at HSG Nordhorn-Lingen.

With the 42nd Bundesliga home win in a row at 30:23 against Frisch Auf Göppingen, SG Flensburg-Handewitt kept up with the leading duo.

One week before the top game against Flensburg, Löwen coach Martin Schwalb spared national player Uwe Gensheimer.

Even without the world-class left winger who stayed at home, the Mannheimers never came in danger.

"The boys accepted the fight and found the right solutions," praised Schwalb.

Director Andy Schmid was the best scorer for the guests with nine goals.

"I'm looking forward to a big game," said Schwalb, looking at the upcoming hit against Flensburg.


The runner-up, who played one game less than the top duo, consolidated third place with 16: 2 points thanks to the easy win against Göppingen.

National player Johannes Golla was the North German's best thrower with seven goals.

"That was a very sovereign and well played victory," said SG coach Maik Machulla.

However, there was a moment of shock when backcourt player Magnus Rød complained of a headache after a collision with an opponent after the game.

"He was dizzy," said Machulla.

Should the Norwegian fail for the top duel at the Rhein-Neckar Löwen next Sunday, this would be the «worst case».

The Flensburg team has been without national player Franz Semper for months, who will be operated on next Wednesday for a cruciate ligament and meniscus tear.

A sovereign performance was also offered by front runners Kiel against table 18 on Saturday evening.


Circle runner Patrick Wiencek played his 125th game in a row for THW and was the winner's best shooter with four goals together with Rune Dahmke.

The reward for the effort: trainer Filip Jicha released his protégés on Sunday.

“I'm very happy with the attitude my team has taken.

For them, the greatest reward will be that we don't train on the second of Advent.

They deserve this day off, »said Jicha.


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