Last-16 PREVIEW: Wisla Plock dream of their original Quarter Final berth in VELUX EHF Champions League background, but they will have to overcome MOL-Pick Szeged, who’ve really been a staple of balancing that season
Plock intention to deliver another stunner
It had been an otherworldly come back that saw Orlen Wisla Plock progress to the VELUX EHF Champions League Last 16 period. The side had been down by six against Bjerringbro-Silkeborg with just thirty minutes to go inside their Team C+D play off double-header, until they limited the side to five goals and also turned the tables in the last half.
But, Plock will have their work cut out for them when they meet MOL-Pick Szeged — a staple of consistency that season, especially on the home court, where in fact the Hungarian side are unbeaten.
Plock will take to to comprise the Hungarian winners in Poland, after winning five home games from the group phase only to be defeated by Silkeborg 26:22 from the first-leg play-off.
Last-16, FIRST LEG
Orlen Wisla Plock (POL) compared to MOL-Pick Szeged (HUN)
Sunday 24 March, 16:00 local time, live on ehfTV.com
Wisla are looking for their first ever quarter-final berth, after equalling their best performances from the VELUX EHF Champions League
It’ll Be a unique game for Szeged goalkeeper Marin Sego and Play Maker Dmitry Zhitnikov, who played in Plock for just two seasons
These sides have met four times in the European competition, with Szeged winning three games and Plock one
Plock will miss seasoned line participant Renato Sulic, who had been suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct in the past game against Silkeborg
Szeged have qualified to the quarter-finals four days, but their all-round functionality this season — including the only victory against PSG by any staff — leaves them a clear contender for a VELUX EHF FINAL4 berth
TEXT: Adrian Costeiu / cg