HC METALURG LOST IN LOGRONO
HC Metalurg lost the fifth match in the Velux EHF Champions League, but this time against Naturhouse La Rioja. Our team was heroically holding up to the 45 minute of the match, but then the exhaustion became evident and there was an inevitable fall in the game.
We were the better opponent in the first half of the match, and the home team managed to equal the score in the last second by a sheer luck. Three of our players found themselves on the scorers’ list: Vugrinec scored five, and Dimovski and Mirkulovski scored four goals each.
After the 40 minute, there was a fall in the game of the exhausted team of HC Metalurg. We had difficulties in the organization and the realization of the attacks, and the defense line was not giving the same results as it did in the first half. The home team used this situation through both the fast breaks and the semi-fast breaks to create an unattainable advantage which in the 53-rd minute became +9, 28:19. HC Metalurg had a shiny moment with a series of 5:0, but the players did not have the strength to make a complete turnover. The final score on this match was 31:27.
Both teams will meet again on Saturday, 22 November, in Skopje.
Naturhouse La Rioja – HC Metalurg 31:27 (13:13)
Naturhouse La Rioja: A. Aguinagalde, Cacheda Gonzalez, Eilert 3, Fernandez Perez 3, Garabaya Arenas 1, Garcia 2, Gomez, Goncalves 8, Jimenez 1, Martin, Rocas, Rodriguez Alvarez 9, Romero 2, Sanchez Migallon, Stenmalm 1, and Vigo 1. Seven metre throws: 2/3. Suspension: 6 minutes.
HC Metalurg: Mitrevski (7 saves + one seven metre throw), Misovski (2 saves), Dimovski 4, Djukic, Georgievski, Jonovski, Kukoski, Manaskov 3, V. Markoski, N. Markoski, Mirkulovski 8, Mojsovski 6, Ojleski, Pesevski, Taleski, and Vugrinec 6. Seven metre throws: 6/9. Suspension: 6 minutes.