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Flensburg's handball squad triumphs in the European competition.

Flensburg-Handewitt defeats Bundesliga opponents and title holders Füchse Berlin in the final. Red cards are shown to Berlin's Marsenic and Flensburg's Gottfridsson.

Flensburg's Benjamin Buric makes a save.
Flensburg's Benjamin Buric makes a save.

Throwball game - Flensburg's handball squad triumphs in the European competition.

The European League handball title went to SG Flensburg-Handewitt as they beat Füchse Berlin 36:31 (15:14) in a thrilling German final on Sunday night, with 10,050 spectators watching. Led by seven goals from Emil Jakobsen, Flensburg managed to snatch victory against the current Bundesliga champions in front of an adoring crowd in Hamburg. Berlin, spearheaded by Jerry Tollbring's seven goals, put up a valiant effort but ultimately fell short in the end.

The game began with Simon Pytlick scoring for Flensburg just 30 seconds in. However, SG's offense dried up for the next seven minutes, allowing Berlin to pull ahead to 6:3 (13'). Faster pacing and intense competition ensued, with neither team able to achieve a significant advantage.

Excellent performances from both goalkeepers kept the score close all throughout the first half. Flensburg's Kevin Möller dominated, making eight saves and denying Hans Lindberg from the penalty spot twice. He was the major reason Flensburg held a slim lead at the break.

In the second half, Mijajlo Marsenic of Berlin was sent off for a bad tackle on Pytlick (32'). Not long after, Jim Gottfridsson of Flensburg saw red as well due to a reckless challenge on Mathias Gidsel.

Despite being down two men, Flensburg handled the predicament better than Berlin. Lasse Möller increased their lead to three goals at 26:23 (47'), before Johan Hansen quickly followed up with a fast break to expand their margin to 31:26 with seven minutes remaining. That's when Flensburg secured their victory, winning the most prestigious European trophy they have had since 1997.

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