DAY REVIEW: Double Danish dominance, goalkeepers shine

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The penultimate round of the Machineseeker EHF Champions League in the year 2023 started with four more or less uneven matches. The Danish sides Aalborg (at Kolstad) and GOG (against Porto) took dominant wins. Zagreb shocked Szeged and Plock still can hope for a spot in the play-offs.

20231129 RK Zagreb OTP Bank Pick Szeged Nikolic (1)
Amazing performance from our side, amazing game overall. It could have finished with an even bigger margin, and I have to congratulate my players on their performance here tonight.
Andrija Nikolic
Head coach, HC Zagreb
20231129 RK Zagreb OTP Bank Pick Szeged Karpati (1)
Zagreb were clearly looking like a better team out there. We've tried to change a few things at the half, but it didn't work. We were hoping for a better result in this one, it was a very good chance for us, but in the end we were not able to take advantage of it. We did not give up, which I feel like was the only good thing in this one from our side.
Krisztián Kárpáti
Head coach, OTP Bank - Pick Szeged
20231129 Kolstad Aalborg 21
Aalborg destroyed us today. We did not seek the goal, and made naïve mistakes. A little bit disappointed, but we are still learning, Champions League is a new arena for us. So learning by doing. We lost against a great team.
Stian Gomo Nilsen
Head coach, Kolstad Handball
It is a pleasure playing here in this fantastic arena. Of course, we are happy about the victory. We controlled the game, and it’s a key match for us, we have a lot of upcoming big matches.
Stefan Madsen
Head coach, Aalborg Håndbold
20231123 Veszprem Celje Alen Toskic (2)
We have a really young team and today the pressure was to much for them. We didn't play a good match. In the end of the match, we came close but chose wrong decisions and end our attacks way to early.
Alem Toskić
Head coach, RK Celje Pivovarna Laško
I'm very happy with the result. We won in this historic hall. We knew it will be difficult but we played a really good match. Mirko (Alilovic) also had some big saves in the end for us. This is a huge win for us, we are alive.
Xavi Sabate
Head coach, Orlen Wisla Plock
20231129 GOG Porto 6805
It is always easy to win a handball match when you have a good defence and a goalkeeper. We are satisfied with the match.
Kasper Jørgensen
Head coach, GOG
20231129 GOG Porto 6594 (1)
If we could erase the first half I would be happy. Their goalkeeper was amazing today. It was harder to come back, but I think it was a good response from us in the second half.
Carlos Resende
Head coach, FC Porto

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