ROUND REVIEW – Defending Men’s EHF Cup winners, Frisch Auf Göppingen, are heading for the group phase, after three-goal win in Switzerland.
Good start for defending EHF Cup winners
Frisch Auf Göppingen, who won the Men’s EHF Cup last season, are well on their way to the group phase of this season’s edition of the tournament.
The match was equal all the way, as the Swiss home team were able to follow their opponents all the way. With less than two minutes, Göppingen were leading by only one goal (31:30), but by scoring the last two goals of the match, the visitors removed the last doubt.
HC Zamet have been the surprise package in the EHF Cup qualifiers so far, but the European glory days of the Croatian team seem to be over now.
2050 spectators in the Centar Zamet in Rijeka saw the home team following the Bundesliga side to 5:5, but after a 17:13 German side lead at half-time, Melsungen scored the first five goals in the second half. With a score of 22:13 for the visitors, the rest was a formality.
“I am very content with the result, as well as with my players’ performance. We did what we set out to do and we did for virtually for the entire 60 minutes,” Melsungen coach, Michael Roth, told his club’s website.
As late as with 10 minutes left, Midtjylland were leading 29:24, but through a great finish, Dinamo matched to get a draw. Midtjylland were leading most of the time during an equal first half, but at half-time, the home team were leading 16:14.
In the second half, the 1300 spectators in the Sportcomplex of Astrakhan saw a visiting team, who were dominating and leading 29:24, before the hosts managed to come back to secure the draw.
“I think we can finish the job during our home match in a week and reach the group phase,” said Midtjylland coach, Morten Secher.
After receiving an enthusiastic salute from the 4200 spectators when entering the court, Hvidt played a crucial part in his current team, KIF Kolding Kobenhavn, winning 27:24. Russian right back, Konstantin Igropulo, also played an important role in the Danish side win by scoring 10 goals.
Cocks were only leading 13:11 at half-time, but managed to create a substantial distance after the break. It was the left side of the Cocks attack who were the main reason for the Finnish success. Left wing, Teemu Tamminen, scored eight goals and left back, Nico Rönnberg, netted seven for Cocks.
TEXT: Peter Bruun/tm
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