This prestigious victory was achieved thanks to a final, decisive save by Rémi Desbonnet, the Montpellier goalkeeper, on a shot from Parisian colossus Dainis Kristopans. This is the second defeat in a row for PSG, who were beaten at home by Magdeburg (37-33) on Wednesday in the Champions League after 18 straight wins this season in all competitions. The game was total and the offensive festival, on both sides, resulted in a score of 17 all at half-time. The defense then came into action, and the goals became a little less frequent. The Parisians made an early break that could have been decisive ten minutes from the end, leading 27-25, then 28-26. But MHB, carried by the public, came back again to score (28-28), seven minutes from the end, on a mistake contested by the PSG players.
The exclusion of Henrik Toft Hansen, three minutes from the end, when the score was 29-29, may have tipped this match of leaders for good, and the Montpellier, in numerical superiority, jumped at the opportunity to beat the best French club.Nikola Karabatic , the former best player in the world, failed to turn the tide and MHB maintained a slight advantage until the end: 31-30 for a second straight defeat by PSG. Since the arrival of coach Raul Gonzalez in the summer of 2018, PSG have yet to capture the Champions League, but have only conceded two defeats in the Starligue, in Saint-Raphaël in 2018-2019 and in Toulouse last September.
It is therefore a true achievement that MHB achieved on Saturday, against Parisians who have just chained eight coronations in a row. On Tuesday, MHB will be in Toulouse, while next Thursday, another big rival to PSG for the title, the “H”et from Nantes, which awaits the French champion in its hall in front of 10,000 spectators. To, like Montpellier, try to stop the pursuit of a 9th national title in a row.