Big surprise for this end of the third day of Starligue: Paris Saint-Germain lost heavily against Toulouse (35-27). Nantes, which has mastered Ivry (33-28), is now the sole leader of the championship.
the Paris Saint Germain was beaten in Starleague. To be able to read such a sentence, you had to go back to April 2021, during the last defeat of the Parisians, narrowly against Nantes, when the title was already acquired. Since ? A season with 30 wins and 30 games last season. But since the defeat in the Champions Trophy against Nantes, PSG no longer seemed so unbeatable. Brilliant confirmation this Sunday, when the defending champions travel to Toulouse.
Capital performance of the Fenix
Never led in the score of the meeting, never even joined in the score after the first two minutes of play, the Toulousains delivered a solid performance from one side of the field to the other. Quick and efficient in attack in the first minutes, they took advantage of Parisian shortcomings to pass the favorites the trifle of nine goals in twelve minutes (9-4, 12′). Raul Gonzalez then poses a time-out to put his team back in place, which partially works (12-10, 21′), but Toulouse resists well in defense with a good Jef Lettens, and returns to the locker room with four lengths of advance (17-13, 30′).
The gap grew in the first ten minutes of the second period. The Fenix quickly go to +7 (22-15, 40′), thanks in particular to the liveliness of their playmaker Erik Balenciaga, author of a very big party. Author of an 8/8 in shooting, also a decisive passer, the Spaniard was the great character on the Toulouse side, alongside his captain Nemanja Ilic, still impeccable in shooting and in particular at 7 meters (9/9 including 5/5 pen.). With in addition a Jef Lettens in a great evening (16 saves including 1 pen., 40% efficiency), the Toulousains are confident, and much better than the Parisians. The performance of the Andreas Palicka-Jannick Green duo (11 stops between them) is a notch below the performance of their Belgian counterpart Fenix, symbol of a Parisian team in the woods as rarely in recent years in a French room.
Unable to raise the bar, nine lengths behind Fenix with ten minutes to go (30-21, 51′), Paris bowed sharply (35-27), which is one of his heaviest defeats of the last ten years. The Toulousains can be delighted with their very good performance, their second victory of the season after being beaten last week in Limoges.
An intractable Pesic carries Nantes against Ivry
If the ranking is of little importance after three days, pointing out that the leader is not called “Paris Saint-Germain” is still important information, so rare in recent years. the HBC Nantes is the only Starligue team to have made the three-pass at the start of the season, thanks to their success at home against Ivry (33-28). After a suspended first quarter of an hour, during which Ivry temporarily took the lead (7-9, 16′), Nantes accelerated before half-time to put their opponent at a distance (19-13, 30′). The USI failed to reduce the gap by at least three goals in the second period and logically lost. Big man of the evening, Ivan Pesic disgusted the Irvyan shooters with no less than 19 saves. The icing on the cake, the doorman arrived this summer and enjoyed himself with four goals from afar, two at the end of the first period and two at the end of the game. An interesting success for Nantes before returning the lead to the Champions League and the match against Elverum on Thursday.
Find the championship standings here.