Zaporozhye and Zagreb boost their Last-16 Expects

Motor Zaporozhye conquered SG Flensburg-Handewitt 28:26 on Sunday to fortify their position in VELUX EHF Champions League Group B. in the fight for Last-16 tickets

The result ended Flensburg’so hopes to overtake MOL-Pick Szeged in 2nd spot, as the side conquered Celje 29:28 at the Match of the Week at precisely the same time.

H C PPD Zagreb beat last place Skjern Handbold 32:29 to go flat.

  • Barys Pukhouski led for winning Motor with nine aims

  • Flensburg stay in next, but merely 1 point ahead of Motor in West

  • Zagreb have obtained points in four consecutive home games: three wins and a draw

GROUP B

H-C Motor Zaporozhye (UKR) vs SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER) 28:26 (10:12)

Flensburg proved to be the most efficient team of those two in the first half, thanks to also an Benjamin Buric between the articles and a impressive defence.

The visitors just conceded 10 goals in the first 30 minutes as the typical offensive resources Aidenas Malasinskas and Barys Pukhouski were struggling to get their rhythm.

Flensburg, alternatively, relied upon a magnificient Rasmus Lauge Schmidt, who performed three times in the first half, including a target which gave the German side that a four-goal lead (9:5) after 21 minutes.

Determined by their power that was backcourt, Flensburg stayed ahead for most of the half. Holger Glandorf and rasmus Lauge were also making the most of these opportunities.

But like in the first halfof they certainly were not able to have a lead. It allowed things to turn around. Pukhouski and malasinskas would be the two masterminds behind the comeback, scoring 10 goals between them after the rest.

And since Buric wasn’t as efficient supporting the articles anymore, the score levelled. And in the end took the win, since they out scored Flensburg 4:2 in the past five minutes.

Post-match statements:

Maik Machulla, head trainer of SG Flensburg-Handewitt: &ldquoWe are disappointed with our performance, especially in the 2nd half. We failed to show our level and have too easy objects from Barys Pukhouski and Aidenas Malasinskas. ”

Mykola Stepanets, head trainer of H-C Motor Zaporozhye: &ldquoWe were unfortunate during time of this game. When the gap was reduced by our players, I believed we could acquire. Flensburg demonstrated their level together of the most powerful teams that were European. ”

Tobias Karlsson, line player that is Flensburg: &ldquoWe had a lot of possibilities to win and hoped to get longer. We lost the game as a result of our mistakes. ”

Vladyslav Dontsov, Zaporozhye right back: “During the break after the initial half we were told a great number of men and women came here to aid usso we must perform our very best. We pushed against the competition and won. ”

H-C PPD Zagreb (CRO) Versus Skjern Handbold (DEN) 32:29 (15:14)

Not one of the teams seemed in order to take the edge an hour. Both of these were two goals sooner or later, but without managing to break away further.

Zagreb, with their signature seven-court-player tactics, went up 7:5 after 1-2 minutes. However, Skjern, led by experienced trio Anders Eggert-Bjarte Myrhol-Thomas Mogensen, were two up seven minutes later (11:9).

Enjoying a one-goal lead at the break (15:14), Zagreb finally took charge in the 2nd half. Forcing Skjern’s defence to commit fouls, they gave the opportunity to score to Ivan Srsen on seven-meters throws.

Emil Nielsen-Bj örgvin Gustavsson didn & rsquo’s goalkeeper set;t spare shots from busting away to prevent Zagreb.

The gap slowly widened, also the match was finished, when David Mandic caused it to be 31:24 in the minute. Even a overdue 5:1 series for Skjern could not undermine Zagreb&rsquovictory.

Post-match statements:

Branko Tamse, PPD Zagreb trainer rsquo & We weren ;t our real selves at the first half. It had been observable we could improve in just about all elements of the game. At the 2nd half we were far quicker in transition, scored some easy goals when they failed to score. ”

Ole Nørgaard, Skjern Handbold trainer: “At the first half we were able to stay focused and play well but weren’t in a position to capitalise on our good game and it proved to be costly. ”

Ivan Srsen, Zagreb back: “At the 2nd half we were improved, faster, tougher, going for a win. ”

Bjarke Christensen, Skjern leftwing: “you need to provide performance so as to come out than we did now. The first half wasn’t awful but in the minute we were clearly not to the right level. ”