After series of three consecutive defeats, Metalurg finally won, 29-27, although Vojvodina was a great opponent until the end of the game. Guests from Serbia have had a chance to return from Skopje with three points for a second time but their lack of concentration and a few important misses were in the end decisive.
Even without Renato Vugrinec and Pavel Atman the Macedonian team managed to win and keep minimal chances for Final Four in Novi Sad alive. Win over Meshkov on Sunday would be a great step forward for the beginning. By the end of the regular part of the season, Metalurg will also play against Tatran in Slovakia but will also have to wait for results from both Meshkov and Vardar until the end.
Lino Cervar, Metalurg's coach:
- This win was important and we needed to restore the winning spirit in the team. For a long time we were on road, traveling and playing, and players felt tired, even missing training. We must think of Kolding, our next rival in EHF’s Champions League.
Vuko Borozan, Metalurg's player:
- It is a great pleasure to play in front of such a great crowd today here in Skopje. It was a hard game but I'm in the end happy we've managed to win and I expect we'll manage to keep the winning rhytm alive.
Djordje Cirkovic, Vojvodina's coach:
-We've managed to make a good series with three wins in a row but players were getting tired and we've lost. Simple as that.
Danimir Curkovic, Vojvodina's player:
- I think tonight we've played a good game but lack of concentration has taken points away from us. We've missed goalkeeper saves which was decisive today. With a few saves in last moments of the match maybe the outcome would have been different.