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Nærbø beat Drammen in shootout drama

EHF / Sergey Nikolaev

After Romanian side CS Minaur Baia Mare reached the EHF European Cup Men final on Saturday, Nærbø IL booked their place in the final on Sunday.

Following a three-goal defeat at Drammen HK in the first leg of their all-Norwegian semi-final, Nærbø won the return leg by the same 30:27 scoreline and advanced after winning a dramatic penalty shootout.

SEMI-FINAL, SECOND LEG
Nærbø IL (NOR) vs Drammen HK (NOR) 35:31 (19:15, 30:27, shootout — 5:4)

First leg: 27:30. Nærbø IL won 62:61 on aggregate

  • a 4:0 run late in the first half saw Nærbø take a 17:13 lead, and they kept a four-goal advantage at the break
  • Nærbø's goalkeeper Halvor Nærland (14 saves) boasted a nearly 47 per cent save rate during the game, and his heroics helped the hosts to pull clear at 23:17 midway through the second half
  • Nærbø led 30:25 before conceding two goals in the last 30 seconds. However, they won 5:4 in a shootout
  • Ole Naerland and Tord Aksnes Lode scored seven goals each for Nærbø, while Sindre Aho netted six times for Drammen. All totals include goals scored in the penalty shootout
  • the final will be played on 21/22 and 28/29 May. The draw to determine which leg each team will host will take place on Tuesday 3 May in Vienna

Nærbø continue to make history

Nærbø, who had eliminated the ambitious Kolstad Handball in a Norwegian league quarter-final earlier this week, made their fans happy again by reaching the EHF European Cup Men final.

Playing in their first season in a European club competition, Nærbø have already done a great job – and now they are just one step away from claiming the EHF European Cup title.

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