The MHB lost this Thursday, May 12 at the Sud de France Arena against Kielce in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (28-31). The Héraultais will play the return leg from Wednesday May 18, in Poland.
After completing the group stage of the Champions League in fourth place in its group, then eliminating Porto in the round of 16 (29-29, 35-27), the MHB moved up a gear, this Thursday, May 12 at the South of France Arena
With the reception of the Poles of Kielce, who dominated group B in front of the defending champion Barcelona, the task was going to be difficult for the Héraultais deprived of Yanis Lenne and Julien Bos, but who could count on the return of their captain Valentin Porte .
— Montpellier Handball (@mhbofficiel) May 12, 2022
Encouraged by the 7000 spectators of the Sud de France Arena, the men of Patrice Canayer have limited the damage, while an extremely perilous trip is looming in six days in Poland.
Marin Sego, the Montpellier goalkeeper, helped his teammates well with his 14 stops (33%). But opposite, Kielce did not give up much, carried by an Alex Dujshebaev in all the good shots and 7/8 in shooting (88%).
Montpellier can come out of this quarter-final first leg with their heads held high. But it will obviously take a major performance in the second leg to hope to see the Final 4 in Cologne in June.
Champions League quarter-final schedule
Wednesday May 11
PSG 30 – 30 Kiel
Flensburg 29 – 33 Barcelona
Thursday May 12
Veszprem 36 – 29 Aalborg
MONTPELLIER 28 – 31 Kielce
Montpellier – Kielce, relive the match here, live commentary from the Sud de France Arena: