In their fifth duel of the season, it is for the third rank
Both sides had been disappointed on Friday, but for Sunday, 15th of April, Meshkov Brest and Celje PL are ready for their final battle in the 2017/2018 SEHA – Gazprom League season. The champions of Belarus and Slovenia clash for the third place at the Final 4 in Sports Center Jane Sandanski in Skopje.
Meshkov Brest were defeated 24:33 by Vardar in their semi, while Celje PL had lost 28:29 against Zagreb.
Sunday, 15 of April, 17:45 (CET)
Third place match: Meshkov Brest – Celje PL
For the fifth time this season, Meshkov Brest face Celje PL – and the general outcome is in favour of the Belorussian champions: In the SEHA – Gazprom League, Brest had won the duel at Zlatorog Arena in Celje 29:24, then the Slovenians stroke back in Belarus, winning the re-match 34:30. In the final ranking of the regular season, Brest finished fourth, four points below Celje. In the EHF Champions League, Brest were more dominant: They took a 33:33 at Celje and won 29:24 on home ground – and finally snatched the Last16 ticket from the “Brewers”-
But Brest are hit hard by some injuries: Key players such as Rastko Stojkovic, Petar Djordjic or Konstantin Igropoulo are ruled out for the Final 4 in Skopje by injuries – which was of the main reasons for the clear semi-final defeat against Vardar. Celje fought hard until the end against Zagreb, but in general the number of mistakes was too high.
Both sides expect a tough, physical match – and both sides are eager to win, though the match is not for the winner’s trophy, but for the third position. “I am satisfied with our SEHA – Gazprom League season in general, but I am more satisfied, if we end the season victorious”, said Celje coach Branko Tamse.
Two Brest players will face their ex-club Celje: the Slovenians Simon Razgor and Vid Poteko.