THE FEISTY HC METALURG AGAIN CAUSED A LOT OF TROUBLE FOR HC PPD ZAGREB
Today, we watched an interesting match in our biggest sports arena, a match with two completely different periods. In the first half, we played poorly, unproductively and insecurely. We had difficulties in the realization, we were playing on the verge of a passive game, we would often make mistakes, and the shots would end up in the goal post or in the hands of Ivic. We scored just five and received 14 goals, so HC PPD Zagreb went on a half time break with an advantage of nine goals.
The second half was completely different, as if there was other team on the court. Our captain initiated the change, so his saves brought confidence in our boys who showed their true fighting spirit and started reducing the opponent’s advantage. They were excellent in the defense and used a lot of variants in the attacks, so they were shooting from all angles and even eight players wrote their names on the scorers’ list in the second half. If we were already loosing with nine goals in the 42-nd minute, 10:19, then in the 48-th minute we reduced the score to – 7, 14:21, and then in the 51-st minute, the opponent’s advantage was just four goals, 17:21. In the last minute, Pesevski reduced their advantage to two goals, 20:22. If Djukic had scored earlier, when he missed from wing position, the turnover would have been complete. Sebetic scored for final 20:23 just when the time was up. We might have lost the first half with nine goals, but then we won the second with an advantage of six goals.
We have played two matches against HC PPD Zagreb and lost both of them with a narrow result. Those who thought that HC Metalurg’s score on the first match was accidental, now the team proved that has made a serious progress and that our boys deserved to be close to a sensation on the second match. We have scored 20 goals twice, we have kept them on the limit of 23 goals twice, too. Let us not forget, HC PPD Zagreb has got the best defense line in the preliminary phase of the Velux EHF Champions League.
The worst thing on the match was Filip Taleski’s injury. He has probably pulled his ligaments, but we will have more information tomorrow, after the scans.
HC Metalurg – HC PPD Zagreb 20:23 (5:14)
HC Metalurg: Mitrevski (15 saves + one seven metre shot), Misovski, Djukic 3, Kosteski 1, Bojan Madzovski 2, Ojleski 2, Pesevki 2, Buvinic 1, Krstevski 1, Kukoski, Borjan Madzovski 2, Manaskov, Neloski 4, Stojanovic, Taleski 2, and Velkovski. Seven metre throws: 1/2. Suspension: 0 minutes.
HC PPD Zagreb: Ivic (8 saves + one seven metre shot), Stevanovic (3 saves), Vuglac 2, Horvat, Brozovic 2, Rakovic 1, Stepancic 1, Susnja 2, Mandalinic 4, Celica 2, Kovacevic 2, Mihic 1, Sebetic 3, Coric 1, J. Valcic, and T. Valcic. Seven metre throws: 4/5. Suspension: 6 minutes.