It was another very successful week for SEHA – Gazprom League competing in the strongest European club competition. Four out of five teams recorded wins, against some very impressive teams. Here is how PPD Zagreb, Vardar, Tatran Presov, Meshkov Brest and Metalurg did in the EHF Champions League.
Group B: Flensburg-Handewitt – PPD Zagreb 29:31 (16:16)
The German champions were favoured to win this match comfortably, but PPD Zagreb had other plans. After a well-played match against MOL-Pick Szeged, the Croatians managed to put a never better performance in Flensburg which resulted in first points in the competition. They kept their focus throughout the entire match, and Lino Cervar was very proud of the match and a historic win for PPD Zagreb. Mandic scored 8 goals, Srsen had 7 and the captain Horvat scored 6. New signing Qerimi played very well and had 4 goals.
Group A: Vardar – IFK Kristianstad 33:25 (19:10)
Vardar continued their good streak against the Swedish champions and remained perfect at the start of the season in all competitions. It was a dominant performance by the SEHA champions, who pretty much settled the score in the first half. Ivan Cupic (7 goals) and Vuko Borozan (5 goals) once again had their day and led Vardar to the second win, after a victory in Montpellier. Timur Dibirov regained his form with 4/4 and the new star Milosavljev recorded 9 saves.
Group C: Tatran Presov – Bjerringbro-Silkeborg 26:24 (12:12)
Slovakian champions continued their outstanding start to the season with a second massive win the EHF Champions League. After defeating Besiktas away, this time they beat the Danish team Silkeborg, despite their opponents being favourites in both matches so far. Adding a narrow defeat to Vardar and a win in Brest against Meshkov, it could be said that Tatran are enjoying one of the best starts to the season in recent history. Against Silkeborg, Lapajne scored 6 while Oliver Rabek and Lukas Urban both added 5 goals.
Group A: Meshkov Brest – Montpellier 26:23 (13:10)
Meshkov Brest have added to the memorable collection of wins by the teams from the region. The reigning European champions suffered a defeat to the Belarusians champions, after being unable to close the deficit in the final few minutes. It was an incredible win, and perhaps one of the most important wins in the past few years for Meshkov. Djordjic, Poteko and Djukic each scored 4 goals in proper team performance, whilst Ivan Pesic got the man of the match title with 16 saves.
Group C: Metalurg – Besiktas Mogaz 22:30 (13:14)
The Macedonians are still searching for their first win of the season, after the second round of the EHF Champions League. They lost at home to Besiktas, who lost to Tatran Presov in the opening round. The far more experienced Turkish team was better from the start and ran away with it in the second half. Halil Jaganjac scored 7 goals for Metalurg and Ante Tokic added 4. Marko Lasica was Besiktas' top scored with 7 goals.