Vardar win "run and gun" derby in Celje

Celje PL - Vardar

Vardar Skopje have managed to reach another SEHA - Gazprom League triumph defeating Celje PL in their Zlatorog sports hall 31:28 (16:13). Reigning SEHA champions had a difficult task playing against motivated home team whose recognizable playing style, fast transition and attractive actions already proved to be a deadly weapon against some other favored teams. However, despite of their effort, Raul Gonzales and his players managed to keep the clean sheet with sixth win in as much matches.

Hosts were dominating during opening 15 minutes - Tilen Kodrin managed to put them 8:7 up and that was, unfortunately for home fans, their last advantage in tonight’s match. In the second part of first 30 dynamic duo Dibirov - Shishkarev combined for some easy goals being the main reason why their team was already three goals up (16:13) after the half-time whistle. 

Celje however refused to surrender all the way until the final buzzer with Branko Vujovic playing his best match in Celje’s jersey scoring 5 goals eventually bringing his team to only -1 (25:26) with a little less than 10 minutes left on the clock. Home team even had a chance to level the result with Suholeznik failing to use the opportunity with only a minute to go giving Igor Karacic a chance to score his third goal is final five minutes and prove his clutch sealing the deal for his team. Kodrin, Mlakar, Anic and Vujovic netted five each for Celje while on the other side Russians Dibirov and Shishkarev led reigning champions in scoring with 6 each.