SC Magdeburg has achieved an important away victory in the fight for the German handball championship. The Magdeburgers won 32:29 (19:15) at SG Flensburg-Handewitt and took over the top of the table with 50:6 points from the Füchse Berlin (49:7), who host THW Kiel on Sunday.

The best throwers in front of 6,300 spectators in the sold-out campus hall were Emil Jakobsen and Lasse Möller with seven goals each for Flensburg and Omar Ingi Magnusson with nine goals for Magdeburg.

The two teams fought a fast-paced and high-class duel from the start. Magdeburg repeatedly scored up to two goals, but the SG always equalized at first. In the 29th minute, Janus Dadi Smarason gave the guests the lead for the first time with four goals at 18:14.

First SCM victory in Flensburg since February 2015

After the break, SG coach Nicolej Krickau took an early timeout at 17:22 (38th). Flensburg got within 28:30 (56′), but it wasn’t enough. After a foul on Albin Lagegren, Gottfridsson saw the red card (57th). For the SG it was the first home defeat of the current season, for the SCM it was the first away win in Flensburg since February 18, 2015.

In the league’s cellar duel, Bergische HC finished second to last and achieved an acclaimed 25:21 (11:12) win over bottom team HBW Balingen-Weilstetten. Three days after parting ways with coach Jamal Naji, the BHC kept its chance of staying in the league. For Balingen, however, relegation seems inevitable.