Tomislav Severec secured Nexe's EHFEL group phase victory
Another exciting week of EHF’s competitions is now behind us which means that it is time for our weekly recap.
Maschineseeker EHF Champions League
After a pause due to the national team week matches, the best European club competition is back with round 5 matches being played. SEHA League teams – Telekom Veszprem and PPD Zagreb ended this week with a draws.
On Wednesday, PPD Zagreb welcomed Polish Orlen Wisla Plock in Varazdin. The encounter was incredibly tight with no team taking more than a three-goal advantage. In the second half, both teams had a chance to take two points, but the goalkeepers had their incredible night – Dino Slavic for PPD Zagreb and Kristian Pilipovic for Orlen Wisla Plock. The match finally ended with a draw 26:26. In Zagreb’s team, Timur Dibirov scored six while Vlado Matanovic and Karpo Sirotic added four goals.
Thursday was reserved for Telekom Veszprem and Magdeburg’s encounter. SEHA – Gazprom League champions, Telekom Veszprem managed to keep their unbeaten streak but they lost points against the German champions. Magdeburg's left wing Lukas Mertens, who scored seven goals, tied the game with 27 seconds left on the clock. The final result was 35:35. Rasmus Lauge shined with eight goals, Omar Yahia added six and Andreas Nilsson scored four.
Group A: TELEKOM VESZPREM 9 (+13), Paris Saint Germain 8 (+25), Magdeburg 7 (+11), GOG 5 (+6) Orlen Wisla Plock 5 (-2), Dinamo Bucuresti 3 (-7), GOG 3 (-1), PPD ZAGREB 3 (-17), Porto 0 (-29).
EHF European League
Tuesday was reserved for the beginning of this season’s EHF European League group stage and Eurofarm Pelister, Nexe and Tatran Presov were in the action.
Slovakian champion Tatran Presov opened the new European season in Presov where they hosted last season’s EHF EL champions – Portuguese SL Benfica. The regaining champion put their own rhythm into the game and secured a six-goal advantage in the first half. In the second half, Benfica even increased their advantage to eight goals and pick up first season European victory (25:29). In a one-way match, Tatran’s Lukas Urban netted six and Nikola Ivanovic four goals. Match ended with the final result
Group A: Frisch Auf Göppingen 2 (+16), SL Benfica 2 (+4), Montpellier HB 2 (+2), Kadetten Schaffhausen 0 (-2), TATRAN PRESOV 0 (-4), Fejer B.A.L-Veszprem 0 (-16)
In group C, last season’s EHF Finals semi-finalist, Nexe from Nasice took the first two points against Danish Skjern Handbold. In the lest minute, Tomislav Severec took the shot and secured Nexe’s victory. In a really equalized match, Tomislav Severec and Luka Moslavac delivered a splendid performance with seven and six goals. The final result was 29:30.
Group C: Fraikin BM. Granollers 2 (+5), Sporting GP 2 (+1), NEXE 2 (+1), Alpla HC Hard 0 (-1), Skjern Handbold 0 (-1), Balatonfuredi KSE 0 (-5)
The first match of the group phase Eurofarm Pelister played against Skandeborg Aarhus. Danish team, especially goalkeeper Salah Boutaf, who saved 9 of 21 shots in the first 30 minutes were better team and won their first points in the group phase. The final result was 27:30. The best scorers in the Macedonian team were Oussama Hosni and Sebastian Hennberg with 5 goals, Nenad Kosteski and Cvetan Kuzmanovski added four goals.
Group D: Fuchse Berlin 2 (+11), Bidasoa Irun 2 (+9), Skanderborg-Aarhus 2 (+3), EUROFARM PELISTER 0 (-3), Aguas Santas Milaneza 0 (-9), Motor 0 (-11)