Kielce and Magdeburg both aim for second title

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Saturday’s incredible semi-finals at the TruckScout24 EHF FINAL4 2023 saw SC Magdeburg and Barlinek Industria Kielce advance to the final. Both teams can lift the EHF Champions League trophy for a second time on Sunday. Barça, who had their reign ended after two straight titles and 25 unbeaten matches, take on Paris Saint-Germain HB in the third place match.


SC Magdeburg (GER) vs Barlinek Industria Kielce (POL)
Sunday 18 June, 18:00 CEST, live on EHFTV

  • Magdeburg won their semi-final against Barça after extra time and a penalty shoot-out (40:39)
  • Kielce also won by one against Paris in the other semi-final, though in regular time, since goalkeeper Andreas Wolff had two late saves to protect their 25:24 lead
  • the two teams have not met each other before in the EHF Champions League
  • both sides have won the title before: Magdeburg in 2002 and Kielce in 2016
  • Magdeburg can become the first EHF Champions League winners from Germany since THW Kiel lifted the trophy in 2020; Kielce are still the only Polish winners so far
  • Magdeburg will have to play without Gísli Kristjánsson, who got injured during the semi-final and is out with a shoulder injury
  • Kielce’s Arkadiusz Moryto with 95 goals is 12 short of this season’s EHF Champions League top scorer Emil Madsen (GOG), who is on 107


Barça (ESP) vs Paris Saint-Germain HB (FRA)
Sunday 18 June, 15:15 CET, live on EHFTV

  • after winning the title twice in a row, Barça were dethroned by SC Magdeburg in the semi-final: 40:39 after a penalty shoot-out
  • Paris had to go through an equally tight semi-final, which they lost by one goal against Kielce (25:24)
  • since 2013, Barça won seven of the nine confrontations both teams played in the EHF Champions League, with Paris winning once and the last one ending in a draw
  • both sides faced once in Cologne – in 2020, and Barça won that semi-final 37:32
  • Paris played the 3/4 placement match at the EHF FINAL4 four times already, and won them all
  • Barça played that game three times in history, the last one in 2019, finished third twice and fourth once
  • Paris’ Kamil Syprzak (96) can still match Emil Madsen (107) as the competition's top scorer if he nets 11 times on Sunday


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