Several favorites made big strides towards the next stage as they won the first leg by double digit
Men´s EHF Cup: Bacau reach Group Phase as first team
The Romanian team Stiinta Municipal Dedeman Bacau became the first known participant of the new Men´s EHF Cup Group Phase as they beat Israeli´s champions after both legs of the Round 3 55:44 on aggregate score.
Fifteen more teams will follow them during the next weekend. The draw of the Group Phase will take place on Thursday, 6 December (13:00 hrs local time) in Belgrade.
Men´s EHF Cup, Round 3, first leg
“After this result I can be completely satisfied. I asked my team to go full throttle for all 60 minutes and exactly this they did,” the coach of German club Velimir Petković said.
“We missed too many good scoring chances and produced too many technical errors. Our players do not have enough experience and it was too much for this young team. We really missed our core player Nerijus Atajevas after he had been sent off,” Brest coach Miglius Astrauskas stated at the press conference.
RK Cimos Koper (SLO) vs. FC Porto Vitalis (POR) 29:23 (11:12)
RK "Borac m:tel" Banja Luka (BIH) vs. TATRAN Prešov (SVK) 25:36 (11:19)
Just a week ago Prešov won against Banja Luka in the SEHA league only by seven goals at home and it was hardly expected that the first leg in Bosnia will turn out to be an easy ride for Tatran who controlled the match from the beginning to the end.
Photo: Manojla Zrnić
RK Siscia (CRO) vs. RK Maribor Branik 30:29 (12:11)
The match of two rivals situated only two hours drive from each other was very tight all the time.
Three minutes before the end the home team reached the biggest gap (29:26), but visitors pulled back before the final buzzer.
Photo: Damir Pintarić
Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER) vs. A.C. Diomidis Argous (GRE) 37:17 (21:8)
But the goal feast proved costly for Lions as they lost Uwe Gensheimer. The German international tore his Achilles tendon and will be out for six months.
Photo: Sörli Binder
Eskilstuna Guif (SWE) vs. BM Aragon (ESP) 30:26 (13:14)
The home team had a splendid start leading 7:0, but after Aragon made it on the scoring chart for the first time they showed a brilliant ten minutes span during which they turned the score from 10:6 to 10:13 with seven unanswered goals.
After the break it was a ten minutes show-time of the home right wing Mathias Zachrisson, who scored five times, which put Guif back in the driving seat and this time for good.
Alex Dujshebaev, the 19 year old son of Atlético Madrid coach Talant, scored his first European goal for his new club after stints in Ciudad Real and Naturhouse La Rioja.
Photo: Gunnar Johansson
Sungul´s 50 year old goalkeeper Pavel Sukosyan also made a start in the visitors´ goal and managed to save the penalty throw on Valentin Ghionea.
“We can be satisfied with the result of the match, however there is a lot to improve in our overall team play. Especially, I did not like the work of our defence, when we allowed their line-players to score eight goals in the opening part of the match,” the Danish coach of Płock Lars Walther said at the press conference.
Photo: Dominik Dziecinny
The home team could rely especially only on the towering 208 cm tall Sergij Burka with eight goals.
“This was by far our best match in this season, however we will need all our fans in the hall for the second match, Zaporozhye are a very strong team, they even managed to win at Flensburg last season,” Alpla coach Markus Burger said for the club´s website.
Photo: Levan Shishinashvili
After two easy rounds in the qualification against English (GD London) and Montenegrin champions (Lovćen) Kolding met a worthy rival as the new Danish powerhouse suffered the first defeat of their European campaign on the foothills of Ural mountains.
Kolding, which lost the injured playmaker and defence specialist Joachim Boldsen just before their trip to Russia, will have to find the way how to stop Yuriy Orlov in the second leg.
Perm´s left back chipped in 11 goals and increased his season´s tally to 38.
Photo: Sergey Korolev
The Bosnian champions from Doboj are close to the exit of the European club competition.
Sloga was beaten by ten goals on the court of Elverum as the goal scoring race between the home left wing Andre Lindboe and Montenegrin left back of Doboj Danijel Vukičević ended at eight goals for each.
Photo: Anita Høiby Gotehus
More than 5,000 spectators in the Palais des Sports de Beaulieu in Nantes could celebrate a clear victory of their HBC as they broke a tough resistence of Benfica only in the second half. The Spanish left back stalwart Alberto Entrerrios was the top scorer of the match with eight goals.
The dream of Saint-Raphaël about the major European competition is turning into a nightmare.
After their unlucky extra-time defeat in the final of the Wild Card Tournament of the VELUX EHF Champions League against Hamburg, they hoped for the EHF Cup Group Phase.
However in the first leg they were trounced by the Danish side by 16 goals in Holstebro.
The visitors were trailing 1:10, 7:17 at the half-time and 9:25 in the second half. Only then they were able to stop the avalanche of Team Tvis.
Men´s EHF Cup, Round 3, second leg:
Maccabi Srugo Rishon Lezion (ISR) vs. Stiinta Municipal Dedeman Bacau (ROU) 22:22 (12:12)
Despite playing more open match against Romanian hosts Israeli champions were remained too far away from erasing the ten goal deficit from the first leg. Bacau will be seeded in the Pot 2 before the draw in Belgrade.
TEXT: EHF / br
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