Last-16 REVIEW: Hungarians show their caliber at the ending as they take a two-goal lead in to the 2nd leg next week against the Portuguese side
Veszprém depart Lisbon having an overdue win
Unable to have a commanding lead until the last 10 minutes, the traffic returned to Hungary with a win as home side Sporting CP fought with honour before their final breath, having headed at the break.
- The first meeting between the 2 teams at the VELUX EHF Champions League
- Sporting is also the very first Portuguese club in the Last 16, because the current format has been introduced in 2010
- Peter Nenadic finished with eight targets as the best shot of Veszprém while still Valentin Marian Ghionea scored seven without missing
- Veszprém’s Laszlo Nagy’s 250th European Cup game
Sporting CP (POR) Versus Telekom Veszprém HC (HUN) 28:30 (15:14)
The hometeam surprised the Hungarian record champions as they quickly acquired a three-goal cause as many minutes.
Veszprém had gone in to the game overlooking Kent Robin Tönnesen who got injured while within the last practice before his team left Portugal along with his side fought in the first half, not able to lead to the full 30 minutes, going in to the rest 15:14 down.
However, David Davis’ squad ensured that Laszlo Nagy’s 250th European Cup game would not end at a loss as they came straight back together with good efficiency in power-plays inspite of the players from Lisbon having an answer for the one possible solution, actually increasing the outcome at the same point (23:20 — even 43rd minute) until the Hungarians firmly recognized a winning end within their hands.
And just 10 minutes after, at the 53rd minute, the away team finally broke through and headed to the first time from the rendezvous as a result of two goals from Dejan Manaskov, whilst goal keeper Arpad Sterbik’s operation improved by huge amounts.
Veszprém stayed in front in the last few minutes and ended with a two-goal win as Sporting couldn’t make their final-second chance count and suffered their 3rd loss in this year in the home in the competition.
“Portuguese hand ball keeps climbing and growing plus it’s nice to watch,” said relieved Veszprém player Kentin Mahe, while Sporting trainer Hugo Canela was also proud to promote Portuguese handball. &ldquoWe dignified Portuguese hand ball and the name of Sporting Clube de Portugal,” said Canela. “We are about to do the best we could to stay dreaming (of a quarter final spot). ”
Both sides will meet again in Hungary next Saturday in the next leg.