Macedonian vice champion Metalurg made a big step closer to Final Four tournament in SEHA GSS league after beating city rival Vardar 22-21 (10-8) in last game this year. With these three points Metalurg stay on fourth place with 22 points, three more than Meshkov Brest.
Big victory stayed in shadow of Naumce Mojsovski's knee injury in 51 minutes. Metalurg back player fell down and one Vardar player fell on him. With big pain Mojsovski was carried out of play on teammates arms and later taken to hospital on examination. First impressions is lateral ligaments injure.
Hero of the game was goalkeeper Darko Stanic with 13 saves ( three penalties ) including the last shot of Nemanja Pribak in last second of the game.
Metalurg made dramatic finish although they had four goals lead (20-16) in 53 minute. Vardar came to 22-21 and have 25 seconds for guest attack. Due to Metalurg's passive attack, Vardar had chance to score in last seconds. Pavel Atman even got a red card for intercepting home-team's fast break.
Vardar has had a new coach for this game, Goran Simic. Club management decided to fire Andon Boskovski after last training. So far there are no official reasons for this decision.
Goran Simic,Vardar's coach:
- This was a tough match from two great clubs in Macedonia. Metalurg deserved this win. We're sorry for Mojsovski injury. I want to thank my players who almost came to a point. We will try to improve the game and be at the level where we were before.
Stojance Stoilov, Vardar's player:
- Game with many tensions like all others before. I'm sorry for Mojsovski, I do not know what it is, but I hope it is not something serious .
Lino Cervar, Metalurg's coach:
- In nine days we had to play three hard games in SEHA GSS league, twice with Zagreb and once with Vardar. This was really hard for us but we deserved to celebrate at the end. We're really sad about what happened to Naumce Mojsovski. I'm optimist, but still afraid for his health situation. We'll have more information during the night or tomorrow. His reactions, with pain on his face showed everything. I'm very sad and disappointed.
Filip Mirkulovski, Metalurg's player:
- We've played good game against our great rival. Our target was to finish the year with victory, and we've managed to do it. The game will not remain in our good memories, due to Mojsovski's injury. We're both national team players and I hope for him to get weel soon, maybe even for the upcoming EC in January.