Round 5 brought some dominant performances from the likes of Meshkov, Gorenje and Tatran; Metalurg hosted PPD Zagreb in a match which could be proved to be the match of the season. Everything you need to know about Round 5 of the SEHA- Gazprom League is right here.
Meshkov Brest- Nexe 35:23 (14:13)
It was a really competitive match in the first half, especially knowing that Nexe had a couple of opportunities to completely even the score. However, Meshkov did a lot better taking all 60 minutes into account. Konstantin Igropulo led the way for the hosts with 9 goals without missing a single shot. 4 more players added 4 goals each, with goalkeepers Pesic and Mijatovic chipping in with 8 saves each. Sipic and Zrnic scored 7 each for the away team. Home fans can definitely be happy their team’s performance, but the Belarusian team can also be very happy with their fans- who keep coming match after match and cheer their team on regardless of the result!
Tatran Presov- Dinamo 36:24 (20:11)
A dominant performance form Tatran right from the start. They jumped to an early 7-0 lead to pretty much decide the winner early on. Dinamo did wake up for a bit, but just could not keep track of the home team and the scoreline. Bruno Butorac was once again spectacular with 10 goals and 6 assists. He was followed by Lukas Urban who had 5 goals and 5 assists. Chupryna and Cvitkovic did well in goal and it was a terrific all-around performance from the home team. Tatran has done quite well this season, they enjoy great support from their fans, but it could be even better.
Metalurg- PPD Zagreb 26:32 (12:13)
An incredible game, maybe the best we have seen in this season of the SEHA- Gazprom League. For 50 minutes the game was as it close as it gets, but ultimately Zagreb’s experience settled this one. PPD Zagreb went on a 5-0 run to go up 31-25 and finally earning 3 points. You won’t see many games with such an amount of spectacular goals, especially from 9 meters! Mandalinic (8) and Vuglac (7) combined for 15 goals for the visitors, with Horvat adding 6 (5/5 7m). Matevz Skok also had a very good game, stopping 10 shots It is interesting that Zagreb’s goalkeepers saved 4 out of 5 Metalurg’s penalty attempts. Halil Jaganjac once again stood out for Metalurg with 7 goals. If you missed this game, make sure to watch the highlights!
Celje PL- Vardar 28:31 (13:16)
The most anticipated match of this round; most of Be8player fans voted Vardar to win on our Instagram story. Celje definitely did well in this game and they had a couple of good chances to completely come back to the match, but they even missed two 7 meter shots. Right backs Mlakar and Vujovic were causing a whole lot of trouble for Vardar, scoring 5 goals each. Vardar’s experience and a deep squad was definitely the prevailing factor in this game. Wingers Shishkarev and Dibirov were the leading scorers for the reigning champions with 6 each, but Luka Cindric also added 4 goals and 3 assists. ‘Second-choice’ goalkeepers Panjtar and Milic both did a solid jobs, but the legendary Sterbik also saved 2 penalties in the second half. Unfortunately Celje’s Luka Mitrovic suffered a bad knee injury in the match and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Get well soon!
Gorenje- Vojvodina 37:20 (19:11)
The Serbian champions did okay in the first 15 minutes, but from that point it was all Gorenje in this match. Babic’s team was superb in goal throughout the whole match. Veteran winger Brumen scored 9, as Gorenje only missed 10 shots the whole match. Some younger players got some playing time as well, Zeljko Babic later said he was quite happy with his youngsters. It was the biggest winning margin for any team this season and the loyal Gorenje fans can definitely be proud of this performance. Milos Grozdanic was perhaps their best player today with 6 goals, but Vojvodina will look to bounce back soon enough.
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