Group D
HK DROTT Halmstad 32 : 40 RK Gorenje Velenje

dsc_4574There were eight minutes in the middle of the first half that brought down Drott Halmstad Arena against Gorenje Velenje in the Champions league. When Henrik Olsson scored 6-5 everything was pointing at a fairly even match, but Gorenje managed to make eight goals in succession before Albin Stenberg reduced to 7-13. And the end result was 32-40 (14-21).
The match slipped completely out of  Drott ‘s hands. Gorenje excelled at every position and there was a clear difference in speed, strength and ingenuity. The second half was nearly as targeted as the first. The Slovenian team never  felt any threat.
The Slovenian line players were the match tidbit and especially in the first half came almost all terminations from six yards.And it sure was good pressure from nine yards mainly from Mario Sostaric who made ten goals. In Drott came Magnus Persson started in the second half and topped with seven goals. Albin Stenberg scored six goals and was the team’s best player with Robert Bladh.
HK Drott-RK Gorenje Velenje 32-40 (14-21)

Drott: Magnus Persson 7 (2), Albin Stenberg 6, Philip Stone Ore 5, Felix Kasch 4, Martin Bystedt 3, Victor Hall 2, Henrik Olsson 2, David Lofgren, Anton Halén, Jesper Linnell.

Gorenje: Mario Sostaric 10, Niko Medved 9, Benjamin Buric 7, Klemen Celite 4, Stas Skube 4, Jernej Papez 2, Mitja Nosan 2, Marko Dujmovic, Kristian Beciri.

Attendance: 809.

Referee: Andre Philipp Buache and Marco Meyer, Switzerland

Group D
HSV Hamburg 34 : 27 Naturhouse La Rioja

It is no surprise that Naturhouse  resigned this Wednesday to Hamburg, but in fact, its main goal was to return from Germany “whole”, without any more injured,  to meet its determinant goals in the Spanish competition, the same goal had Champions league title holder Hamburg.

hamburgo--390x180After demonstrating in  the first half that Naturhouse can make a decent paper with the players they had today, then showed its shortcomings before the champion, because they were very focused not to make any mistakes.

In Hamburg, however Cleverly and players like Nilsson and Cañellas demonstrated their high level.

The Naturhouse had a good start to the match, which begun equalized until Hamburg gave the first blow to the duel (7-4,10′). The team of  Rioja reacted, took the lead (8-9) and remained in the game until Hamburg realized that the pivot was the weakest link in the Spanish defense set point and exploded with Nilsson. Thanks to him, basically, the Germans regained the initiative and took advantage to break four and five goals.

Hamburg had little trouble in the second half to secure victory against Naturhouse, who had no strength left to return in the game.

HSV Hamburg: Nilsson 6,Canellas Reixach 5, Lackovic 4, Duvnjak 3, Lindberg 3, Schröder 3, Hens 2, Jansen 2, Markovic 2, Pfahl 2, Flohr 1, Mahe 1, Bitter, Cleverly, Djordjic, Dominikovic
Naturhouse La Rijoa: 6 Goncalves Dos Santos, 6 Jimenez Reina, 5 Rodriguez Alvarez, 4 Romero Rodriguez, 3 Fernandez Perez, 2 Tioumentsev Barabash, 1 Masachs Gelma, Aguinalde Aquizu, Arrieta Aizpurua, Malburg Patrianova, Martinez Martinez, Velasco Encinas
REFEREES: Dalibor Jurinovic (CRO) Marko Mrvica (CRO)
EHF-DELEGATE: Anton Schlick (AUT)