German Magdeburg got revenge on Wednesday for its defeat to GOG in November, when the home team beat the Fynbos 36-34 in the Champions League.
GOG profiles Emil Madsen, Simon Pytlick and Lukas Jørgensen scored ten, nine and eight goals respectively, but had to see compatriots Magnus Saugstrup and Mike Jensen be decisive for Magdeburg in the final seconds.
All Magdeburg’s three Danish players, keeper Mike Jensen, linebacker Magnus Saugstrup and left-back Michael Damgaard were on the pitch for the home team, who now have 12 points from nine games in Group A.
GOG is fifth out of eight teams with its seven points after, among other things, a nice 33-32 victory over Magdeburg in the reverse match.
GOG got off to a flying start in Wednesday’s showdown. Keeper Tobias Thulin was a wall, lineman Lukas Jørgensen was sharp, and the counters rolled down against a tame home team in the beginning.
Emil Madsen scored to make it 8-5 after almost 12 minutes of play. But then Magdeburg’s floodgates were otherwise opened.
Especially the Icelanders Omar Ingi Magnusson and Gisli Kristjansson were tough on the Fynbos, and in less than ten minutes, 5-8 was turned into 13-10.
A string of technical errors cost GOG dearly, who were severely punished in the counterplay. Only a phenomenal shooting Simon Pytlick kept the Danish top team roughly in the game and the score down to 21-18 at the break.
Magdeburg made it 24-20 at the start of the second half, but GOG fought back via a couple of ejections, a strong Thulin and great efficiency at 26-26.
History then repeated itself. Magdeburg took the lead 31-27, but GOG did not give up, and thanks to a razor-sharp Emil Madsen, it was only 34-33 before the last 60 seconds.
However, a score by Magnus Saugstrup to make it 35-33 and a subsequent save by Mike Jensen was decisive for the home team.
GOG now needs just one game in the Champions League before the new year. It’s against bottom team FC Porto at home in a week.