THW Kiel wins the Pixum Super Cup 2022
THW Kiel starts the new season with a title, winning 30:29 against TBV Lemgo Lippe in the final of the Pixum Super Cup. After a halftime score of 17:14 for THW, a nerve thriller ensued in the second half, which THW was able to decide in its favor.
Niclas Ekberg was Kiel's best scorer with five goals in front of 3007 spectators in Düsseldorf. However, 8,000 spectators would have been allowed after a past season with largely ghost games.
"We want to show our true colors," said Kiel coach Filip Jicha before the game: "But of course we know that we still have a lot of work ahead of us." But the champions from Kiel showed themselves wide awake from the start and tried again and again to score with fast attacks via the long-time German international Hendrik Pekeler or Harald Reinkind.
Lemgo, on the other hand, built up its own offensive play more calmly and thus scored the first goals, but failed twice in the first half on penalty kicks against the strong Kiel goalkeeper Niklas Landin. This was one of the reasons why Kiel always kept Lemgo at a distance, although Lemgo's goalkeeper Peter Johannesson also showed some strong saves (29th).
After the break, Kiel, who wanted to take revenge for the bitter defeat in the cup semifinals last June, tried to pull further away, but often failed against Johannesson, who delivered an outstanding performance. Lemgo, however, did not give up and came back to within one goal (43rd) through former Bundesliga top scorer Bjarki Mar Elisson and Spaniard Gedeon Guardiola.
However, Kiel, who mounted almost every attack through star player Domagoj Duvnjak, subsequently took more control again and always maintained the narrow lead.
The Bundesliga starts its 56th season next Wednesday with the match between Kiel and HBW Balingen-Weilstetten, among others.
The Pixum Super Cup: A complete success
From 2018 to 2020, the Pixum Super Cup will be held in the ISS DOME in Düsseldorf, which has a capacity of over 10,000 spectators. The event premiere, which took place on August 22, 2018, was a great success thanks to the cooperation with the sports city of Düsseldorf.
The match between the German champion and the DHB Cup winner for the Super Cup has been a firm fixture in LIQUI MOLY HBL's calendar since 1994. THW Kiel and SG Wallau-Massenheim competed against each other for the debut of the competition. The Super Cup turned out to be a complete success, thrilling the public and bringing handball back into the limelight at the start of the season. Surprise winner of the premiere was SG Wallau-Massenheim, but the opponent from Kiel is still the undisputed record winner. With 20 participations, the Zebras could already lift the cup eleven times.
The Pixum Super Cup will also take place in the PSD BANK DOME in the sports city of Düsseldorf in the next two years. Pixum also extended its contract with Handball-Bundeliga GmbH until 2024 and will continue to support the Handball-Bundesliga as an official "print and photo partner".