Vardar seal quarter-final berth with solid Triumph over Zagreb
After a dazzling performance in the legHC Vardar supported their domination within Zagreb. The success books them a location from the VELUX EHF Champions League quarter-finals against Orlen Wisla Plock or even MOL-Pick Szeged, using their leg due to be played Sunday.
- Zagreb have neglected to reach the Quarter Finals 3 Years in a row
- Zlatko Horvat scored 11 goals for Zagreb
- Ivan Cupic netted nine for Vardar
LAST 16, Second-leg
H C Vardar (MKD) Versus H C PPD Zagreb (CRO) 32:30 (19:13)
H C Vardar chose a nine-goal advantage into the second leg after a resounding success in Zagreb past week. They began carefully and once more, Dainis Kristopans felt the initial goal because the home jumped to a 5:2 lead after five minutes.
In the next moments, Zagreb increased their functionality and profited from aims by Zlatko Horvat and Ivan Srsen to decrease the gap to only two aims.
Nevertheless, the Croatian winners didn’t have the capability to continue to keep their rhythm, so allowing their own counter parts to acquire a six-goal advantage by the 18th minute. Even though Zagreb fought back a little, Vardar went to the split six aims up after Sergei Gorbok netted his first goal of the season from 12 metres.
In the next half of the Croatian club finally took good advantage of Vardar’s rotations and found their game, taking the initiative back that resulted in lessening the distance to a goal at 29:28 nine seconds prior to the closing buzzer.
Horvat was essentially probably the absolute most efficient player in the guests’ team and equalised the score 30:30 together with his 10th goal, however that was not enough for the visitors to get the match.
Even though Vardar won by only two objects in the end, their first-leg advantage supposed their first time quarter final place in a row was guaranteed.
Vardar coach Roberto Garcia Parrondo said he had been satisfied with the triumph.
“We played excellent in the first half and also with maximum strength that attracted us the gap. From the next half we didn’t even play with similar intensity which is reasonable as you can’t even maintain the same rate for 60 minutes,” he said.
They faced a tricky undertaking and could not overturn the critical first-leg deficit, but @RKZagreb fought till the last breath within their #veluxehfcl Last 16 experience versus @HCVardar 👏 Check this out awesome fastbreak goal from Buric pic.twitter.com/grOejVuMA5
— EHF Champions League (@ehfcl) March 30, 2019
TEXT: Amina Idrizi/jh