20200930 Zagreb Aalborg Mads 49 X3
EHF Champions League

Aalborg have the last laugh

EHF / Björn Pazen

Danish champions Aalborg Håndbold staged a dramatic comeback to earn victory in Zagreb.

The Danes were trailing from minute 11 to minute 58, but finally took a narrow 27:26 victory to maintain their winning start. Zagreb are still without a point after three rounds. 

HC PPD Zagreb (CRO) vs Aalborg Håndbold (DEN) 26:27 (15:12) 

  • Buster Juul-Lassen scored the winning strike 80 seconds before the end; it was Aalborg’s first advance after the 6:5 in minute 12 
  • Turning point for the Danish side was the change of goalkeepers: When Mikael Aggefors had replaced Simon Gade, he saved nine shots and extremely backed his team
  • Zagreb were ahead at 20:16 and seemed to be on the winners’ way, but their goalkeepers saved only one shot after the break. 
  • Like Veszprém, Aalborg are on four points after their first ever away victory at PPD, while Zagreb like Motor remain on zero 
  • After the short EHF Champions League break, Zagreb travel to Barcelona, while Aalborg host Nantes

Matej Asanin: A hero until he changes his jersey 

Zagreb’s goalkeeper Majtej Asanin was the man in focus. In the first half, he had to wear a blue bib over his red shirt - as the referees wore the same colour.

The unusual look boosted him to save nine shots. When the 27-years-old keeper returned on court after the break, he wore a regular blue jersey and his party was over: no more saves, was soon replaced by Todor Jandric and had to suffer yet another defeat. 

We had a lot of problems with their 5-1 defence led by David Mandic, especially in the first half. In the end, I can say we're really satisfied with these two new points because I honestly believe PPD Zagreb will sooner rather than later manage to defeat someone here.
Stefan Madsen
Aalborg head coach

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