The EHF FINAL4 Men 2022 that was played for the last two days have been won by Barca. The final tournament was held in the Cologne, in the legendary LANXESS Arena, from 18 to 19 June. Four teams that participated were German THW Kiel, Hungarian Telekom Veszprem, Polish Lomza Vive Kielce and Spanish Barca.
Thrilling semi-final matches were played in Lanxess Arena. The first match of the day was a handball classic between Telekom Veszprem and Lomza Vive Kielce. In an action-packed match, both teams give their best, resulting in Kielce becoming the first finalist of the 2021/22 EHF FINAL4 tournament. The Polish team booked their first final since they won the title in 2016. Veszprem’s left back, Petar Nenadic who is also chosen for the All-star Team, netted six goals, the same as Rasmus Lauge. While Arkadiusz Moryto scored eight goals for the Polish team.
In the second semi-final match, Barca managed to win against Kiel thanks to the All-star Team right wing Aleix Gomez, who scored 12 goals and the crucial saves of goalkeeper Gonzalo Perez de Vargas. Arriving at the finals, Barca aimed for the 10th trophy in the best European club competition. On the other hand, Kiel played without their very important player, Sander Sagosen and Hendrik Pekeler.
Saturday, 18 June
15:15 CEST, Telekom Veszprem – Lomza Vive Kielce, 35:37
18:00 CEST, THW Kiel – Barca, 30:34
In the 3/4 match, THW Kiel secured victory following an exciting penalty shootout. Telekom Veszprem dominated in the first half, but then Filip Jicha switch the tactic to seven-against-six in attack, putting more pressure on Hungarian defence. In the penalty shootout, Niklas Landin saved two shots, against Gasper Marguc and Rasmus Lauge, while Yahia Omar hit the crossbar. On the other hand, Niclas Ekberg, Steffen Weinhold and Magnus Landin scored their penalties and secured the German team their first-ever third position at the EHF FINAL4 in Cologne.
After the penalty shootout at the 3/4 placement match, the same thing happened in the finals. The final match resulted in Barca defending last year’s title and lifting the trophy for the 10th time in history. After the draw in the regular and extra time, the winner was decided in the penalty shootout. The only player who missed from the penalty line was Alex Dujshebaev, with his shot saved by Gonzalo Perez de Vargas. Ludovic Fabregas was the man who secured Barca’s 10th trophy.
Sunday, 19 June
15:15 CEST Telekom Veszprem – THW Kiel, 37:35
18:00 CEST Barca – Lomza Vive Kielce, 37:35
Aleix Gomez, Barca’s right wing was the top scorer of the season, with 104 goals scored, and the MVP of the EHF FINAL4 Men 2022 is Kielce line player Artsem Karalek.
Besides the thrilling matches, for the first time after 2019, LANXESS Arena hosted a great atmosphere with full stands and capacity.