Traveling to Chartres, Toulouse signed its first victory of the season in Liqui Moly StarLigue (31-33) just like Istres on the floor of Limoges (34-37). Saint-Raphaël, for its part, signed a third success in a row in Nancy (27-32).
After three straight setbacks, Toulouse finally launches its season. On the occasion of his trip to Chartres, the Fenix went for a short but precious victory. A match that the copiers of Fredric Petterson (3 goals on 4 shots) started very well, leading by five goals after minutes. However, by dint of patience and thanks to Vanja Ilic (8 goals out of 10 shots), the Chartrains erased this missed start by equalizing just over a minute from the break. However, Maxime Gilbert (3 goals on 5 shots) put the Fenix in front at the very end of the first act. It was 20 minutes from the end of the meeting that the Toulouse team made the effort propelling them to victory. A 4-0 gave the teammates of Uros Borzas (8 goals on 12 shots) a sufficient mattress to win by two lengths (31-33).
Istres brings back the victory of Limoges
For Limoges, the start of the season turns into an ordeal. The Limougeaux conceded against Istres their third setback in four days and see their opponents of the day move ahead in the standings. If the two teams are held in respect during the first eight minutes, the Istréens then took the ascendancy thanks to Jakob Mikkelsen (7 goals on 10 shots) to count four lengths in advance to the quarter of an hour of play. A burst of pride from Dragan Gajic (9 goals on 10 shots) and Hichem Daoud (3 goals on 3 shots) brought Limoges to two lengths at half-time. The start of the second act allowed the Limougeauds to come back up to speed but it was at the edge of the last quarter of an hour that the Provençaux accelerated with a 5-0 which changed the situation. Andrea Parisini’s teammates (8 goals on 8 shots) then managed the end of the match perfectly to impose three lengths (34-37).
Saint-Raphaël temporarily takes the lead
As on the 3rd day, Saint-Raphaël took advantage of the opening of the day to settle at the top of the ranking. The Var have taken the best of the promoted Nancy. Luka Groff’s teammates (8 goals on 14 shots) nevertheless took the lead at the start of the match. The Raphaëlois were able to count on Alexandre Demaille (15 saves at 37% efficiency) in order to gain the advantage on the scoreboard but the gap was only one length at half-time. It is finally to wear that the teammates of Raphaël Caucheteux (9 goals on 9 shots) are detached for a victory of five goals (27-32). A success which is their third in a row and which allows them to point to first place before the matches of PSG and Nîmes. For Nancy, the thinning born of success in Toulouse did not last very long.
HANDBALL – LIQUI MOLY STARLIGUE / DAY 4
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Saran – Chambery : 24-28
Friday October 1, 2021
Chartres – Toulouse : 31-33
Limoges – Istres : 34-37
Nancy – Saint-Raphaël : 27-32
Saturday, October 2, 2021
7:00 p.m .: PSG Handball – Cesson-Rennes
8:00 p.m .: Aix – Nantes
Sunday October 3, 2021
5:00 p.m .: Dunkirk – Nîmes
5:00 p.m .: Montpellier – Creteil