Montpellier revives against Besiktas

A week after its defeat against Magdeburg, Montpellier returned to victory in the European League. This Monday, Patrice Canayer’s men won on the field of Besiktas (26-36).

Even if the fate of its late matches is still uncertain, Montpellier is doing the work on the ground to get closer to qualifying for the round of 16 of the European League. This Monday, the MHB brought back a precious success from his trip to Istanbul where he faced Besiktas (26-36). As in the first leg, the resident of Lidl Starligue took the measure of the most successful club in Turkish handball.

Even diminished by the absences of Gilberto Duarte, Alexis Borges, Jonas Truchanovicius, Diego Simonet and Julien Bos, the Hérault club enforced logic by making the difference in the second period. At half-time, Valentin Porte’s teammates had only two goals ahead (13-15). They had tried to take off by preventing the Turks from scoring for more than seven minutes to pass a 4-0 (4-8, 15th) but the duo Ramazan Döne – Mehmet Demirezen brought the Black Eagles back into the game.

Even though they scored 19 goals, they were too alone to hope to avoid a ninth defeat in as many European League games. From the start of the second period, Montpellier made the difference (16-22, 36th). Yanis Lenne (2 goals), Melvyn Richardson (4 goals), Valentin Porte (5 goals) and especially Kyllian Villeminot (7 goals) stood out to relaunch the MHB. A week after his defeat against Magdeburg, the first in the group stage of the European League, the second of Lidl Starligue resumes his march forward by recovering the place of dolphin of the German club.

Day 9 – Monday February 22, 2021
Besiktas – Montpellier: 26-36

Tuesday, February 23rd
Magdeburg – Alingsas: 6:45 p.m.
Nexe – CSKA Moscow: 6:45 p.m.

Group C classification
1- Magdeburg 12 points
2- Montpellier 10
3- CSKA Moscow 10
4- Nexe 8
5- Alingsas 4
6- Besiktas 0