No winner at Zaporozhye thriller
Attaining the VELUX EHF Champions League Last 16 for the next time was quite an achievement for HC Motor Zaporozhye, but on homecourt, the inform Allied winners hoped to upset that the injury-ridden PGE Vive Kielce.
A 33:33 draw is an adequate effect for Motor, yet the side seem to get a better opportunity for the quarter final spot before the 2nd leg at Kielce next Saturday.
- This was Motor’s first draw at the Last 16 after losing four previous games
- Kozakevych was Motor’s leading scorer with nine targets
- Alex Dujshebaev and Luka Cindric scored eight goals per day for Kielce
LAST 16, First-leg
HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR) vs PGE Vive Kielce (POL) 33:33 (16:16)
Supported with their house crowd, Motor pulled ahead 3:1, but it didn’t take long for Kielce to catch the initiative and also take a 9:7 guide midway through the first half.
The visitors, who were missing injured players Krzysztof Lijewski, Michal Jurecki and Daniel Dujshebaev, were better at attack, with Luka Cindric with a specific impact with five goals before the break.
Kielce failed their best to stop Zaporozhye’s leaders Barys Pukhouski and Aidenas Malasinskas, that missed nearly all of these attempts in the first half.
But, Motor fought hard – Artem Kozakevych did well in attack, and your competition’s second-best scorer Pukhouski awakened before the break, spectacularly scoring his first goal in the 27th minute and drawing level in 16:16 just before the half time buzzer.
Much of the second hand followed the same scenario, together with the Allied club an average of pulling in front by one goal, and the traffic drawing level in the next strike. While Pukhouski and Malasinskas improved their taken efficiency for Motor, it had been Alex Dujshebaev that came to the ending for Kielce.
One second from fulltime, the rivals were still level at 32:32, and the suspense at the arena reached its highest level. Mateusz Jachlewski scored for Kielce, in their final strike, Zaporozhye earned a penalty shot, along with Kozakevych scored following the buzzer to secure a hard-fought draw.