Offical EHF site said, with the last matches before the winter and EHF EURO 2016 break, the lead again changed in Group A of the VEKLUX EHF Champions League. After Veszprem stepped on top last week by beating Paris, PSG and Flensburg passed the Hungarian side after Round 10 thanks to their wins.
THW Kiel are back on track after three matches without a victory. Match winner for the three times Champions league winners against Veszprem was Dominik Klein, who scored the winning strike some seconds before the end in his comeback match, after a more than eight month injury break.
Match of the Week: THW Kiel (GER) vs MVM Veszprem 25:24 (11:12)
Surreal scenes of the home team mobbing Dominik Klein after the left wing scored a last-gasp winner, came as fitting reward for THW Kiel’s valiant comeback which earned them a dramatic win over MVM Veszprem.
Missing suspended playmaker Domagoj Duvnjak, Kiel trailed for most of the rip-roaring contest but prevailed in a tense finish.
The result also ended Kiel’s three-game winless streak and put them back in the frame for a first place finish in the group which means a by into the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.
With Croatian goalkeeper Mirko Alilovic pulling off a series of superb saves for Veszprem, the visitors conjured an 11:7 lead thanks to Laszlo Nagy, Gasper Marguc and Kiel’s former stalwart Aron Palmarsson.
A fast-paced start saw Kiel turn a 2:0 defeat into a 5:3 lead but they were on the back foot from there on until the closing stages of the first half, when they managed to slash the deficit.
Right back Christian Dissinger, a surprise starter, produced a mature performance for Kiel and was a constant threat with his lethal shooting from the nine-metre line.
Veszprem, who sorely missed Momir Ilic after the Serbian left back broke his shooting hand in last week’s game against Paris Saint-Germain Hanball, kept nosing ahead by the odd goal or two in the second half.
Laszlo Nagy kept tormenting the home team’s defence but the last few minutes of the game offered a final twist which delighted the traditionally boisterous home crowd.
With Veszprem leading 24:23, Marko Vujin converted a penalty to draw level before Niclas Landin Jacobsen saved a sitter at the other end.
Kiel then carved out a clear-cut chance for Dominik Klein with their last possession and the left wing made no mistake as he buried his shot past Mirko Alilovic from the six-metre line.
The entire Kiel roster, coaching staff included, rushed on to the court to congratulate their veteran, who returned to action after an eight-month absence following a serious injury, when he tore his Achilles tendon.
“It was an incredible moment for me,” an emotional Klein said after the final whistle.
“I had some tears in my eyes after the match, when the fans celebrated my goal and our victory. From the moment the whole arena stood on their seats when I returned to the court, the fans carried me. They are incredible.”
Kiel manager Thorsten Storm added: “What a brilliant day for Dominik to become the decisive factor after such hard work in rehab.”
The irrepressible Marko Vujin led Kiel with eight goals from 12 shots and an outstanding Christian Dissinger added six, while Laszio Nagy topped Veszprem’s scoring with seven goals from 12 attempts.
Gasper Marguc and Aron Palmarsson, however, were both subdued in the second half, with the latter finishing on a modest three goals from nine shots.