Metz does the double

After a one-sided final against Besançon (23-33), Metz concluded a successful season with a tenth victory in the Coupe de France, a few days after winning the title of champion of France.

Metz ends its season with a triumph! After the title of French champion in the Butagaz Energie League and a third place in the Champions League, the Dragonnes went to the Accor Arena in Paris-Bercy to seek their tenth Coupe de France. Besançon had the unenviable role of expiatory victim during a one-sided final. If Sabrina Zazai (10 goals on 13 shots) kept the ESBF high at the start of the match after Orlane Kanor’s opener (2 goals on 3 shots), the Bisontines then took the thunder. In the space of seven minutes, the Messines signed a 5-0 to dig a first significant gap. In total over the first 18 minutes, Sébastien Mizoule’s players could only deceive Ivana Kapitanovic (8 saves at 32% efficiency) twice for a difference of eight lengths. The reaction then took place with Audrey Dembélé (2 goals on 4 shots) and Lino Uno Jensen (2 goals on 4 shots) who brought the Doubs club to six lengths, taking advantage of an opposing air pocket. But, despite Sakura Hauge’s interventions (10 saves at 33% efficiency), Metz reached the break with an unchanged lead. A first act that the Dragonnes however finished in numerical inferiority.

Metz has never been worried

For a seven-meter throw that reached Florence Bonnet (1 save at 50% efficiency) at the level of the head, Tamara Horacek (4 goals on 6 shots) received a direct red card despite Messina’s unwillingness to commit this foul. Back on the Parisian floor with the fangs, the Bisontines for a time made the Dragonnes doubt. Kiara Tshimanga (2 goals on 2 shots) reduced the ESBF to four goals barely a minute after the restart. The Messines then tightened the game in defense, not conceding a goal in the space of eleven minutes and unfolding their attacking play to reach the ten-goal lead with just under 20 minutes to play. The teammates of Grace Zaadi (2 goals on 3 shots), who confirmed after the match at the microphone of bein Sports his departure for CSM Bucharest, were then able to manage their advantage. Courageous, the Bisontines did not have the weapons to compete in this final. Thanks to a final achievement by Anne-Emmanuelle Augustine (1 goal from 1 shot), Metz won by ten lengths (23-33) and signed a new Cup-Championship double in what looks like the end of the cycle, the workforce being turned upside down this summer.

CDF Handball HANDBALL – FRENCH CUP (F) / FINAL
Saturday June 11, 2022 (at the Accor Arena in Paris-Bercy)
Besancon – Metz : 23-33

SEMI-FINALS
Wednesday April 13, 2022
Metz – Chambray: 34-19
Besancon – Fleury: 28-24


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