ROUND REVIEW – A draw in the second leg against Haslum was more than enough for Icelandic Valur to proceed, as the last teams for the Last 16 of the Men´s Challenge Cup were found this weekend.
Draw in Norway sends Valur to Last 16
Having won 31:24 at home in the first leg, Valur were already close to the Last 16 of the Challenge Cup before visiting Haslum Handballklubb for the return match.
This seven goal lead turned out to be more than enough for the Icelandic team who were leading 14:9 at half time in the second leg. Haslum managed to get back in the second half and get a 25:25 draw, but the home team were even close to threatening Valur´s Last 16 berth.
“We make the two poorest performances of the season exactly against Valur. I am not sure why we played so poorly in those two matches, and why were not even able to reach our potential,” said Haslum coach, Tom-Eirik Skarpsno.
Leading 13:11 at half time, Partizan were struggling to catch up with MSK Povazska Bystrica´s 31:23 lead from the first match in Belgrade, but the visitors never really got near to equalising the difference, although they could book a 29:28 win at the end.
TEXT: Peter Bruun/tm
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