Vardar move into second place with win
From the battle for the second place at the Group A, Macedonian powerhouse Vardar hosted Kielce in their final VELUX EHF Champions League match ahead of the winter break. The battle was all expected between the old acquaintances and also the home side won in front of the home fans 28:27 to take second place.
• Alex Dujshebaev and Dainis Kristopans with five goals were the best scorers in the match
• With this success, the Macedonian champions took second place at Group A
• After six games, Vardar eventually won in the VELUX EHF Champions League
HC Vardar (MKD) vs PGE Vive Kielce (POL) 28:27 (14:11)
Ahead of Saturday night’s VELUX EHF Champions League game, Vardar and Kielce met earlier on in the season in October, when Kielce stopped Vardar’s four-match winning series.
Now due to accidents, Talant Dujshebaev couldn’t rely on Marko Mamic and Michal Jurecki, while on the other side, Roberto Garcia Parrondo had to organise Vardar’s assaulting game without one of their finest shooters — left back Vuko Borozan and also the Brazilian line participant Rogerio Ferreira Moraes.
For 10 minutes, the two groups were side-by-side on the scoreboard. In the following minutes, Jachlewski received a two-minute suspension for Kielce.
Scoring three goals each, Skas Skube and Kristopans helped Vardar maintain the benefit intact and several saves by Milosavljev supposed Vardar had a five-goal guide (12:7) at the 20th minute.
However, in the following minutes the Polish side cut the gap to trail 14:11 in the break.
At the beginning of the second half, Kulesh successfully found a way to decrease the shortage to 14:12. Nevertheless the home group, that took advantage of Milosavljev’s saves, needed a few minutes to extend their lead to 21:16.
Kielce didn’t wave the flag in Skopje, also thanks to some Jachlewski counter attack target, they had been trailing 23:21 with 12 minutes remaining.
Both teams entered the last 10 minutes playing in a high rate, as Blaz Janc reduced the home group ’s benefit to a single target (26:25). Kielce had the opportunity to equalise, but a missed chance after again supposed a more two-goal benefit for Vardar throughout a decisive stage of the match.
At the end, Fernandez scored for Kielce, with the game end 28:27 at Vardar’s favour.