Partizan 25:30 Nexe
After the time-out the visitors replied with a series of 6-1 and with the goal of the gifted Sime Ivic got the lead for the first time in tne 20th minute. The black and white responded in the same way and had the lead again, but the visitors after the change of the defense in 5-1 formation and with the goals of Franjo Lelic took the lead again. During the match Partizan was in absence of the right back Aleksandar Radovanovic,which was the reason why they could not have a rotation in the attack, and could not avoid the defeat. Nexe won with 25-30 and left Belgrade with two points.
Aleksandar Brković (Partizan, coach)
– I want to congratulate the deserved win and wish them to qualify for the EHF Cup Group Stage. We can’t play better than this. We played good in some parts, but as the match was going to the end, our performance began to fall. We made rotation, but wings for backs or lineplayers for backs. Its extremely difficult to play in that situation, but it’s like that. I can’t critize my guys. They gave maximum. It would be strange to beat some teams at SEHA GSS. We fight as much as we can. Radovanovic and Djuricic have played youth league of local Belgrade’s Federation two months ago and now they are playing against Vardar, Nantes, Nexe. This is capacity of our team.
Zdenko Kordi (NEXE, coach)
– I always feel pleasure to play at Banjica. We have fantastic sports and human relationships with RK Partizan. I have to congratulate to my team for the victory, but also home team for respectable resistance. It was a good match. Both teams have difficulties in preparation for this match because of EHF Cup matches last two weekends. You could see our slowdefense in the first half, but more Partizan’s in the second half. I am satisfied with a win.
Franjo Lelić (NEXE, right wing)
– I want to congratulate to RK Partizan on fair play. We began the match bad, but we managed to fix that in the second half with stronger defense. With 5-1 defense we managed to score some easy goals. We also managed to get some advantage and to save that until the end.
Vanja Ilić (Partizan, left wing)
– I wish to congratulate to our rival, but also my team-mates for a good fight and resistance. Unlucky injury of Radovanovic at the beginning made a lot of problems to our rotation, which guests from Nasice used. We had problem with 5-1 defense in the second half. We lost the match, but we fought until the end…
RK Partizan: Goalkeepers- Radovanović (13/35 saves),Ristanovic (1/9 saves), Players: Ilić(4),Milomir Radovanović(1), Đuričić(2), Mršulja(1), Pižurica, Matičić(7,2/2 7m), Aleksandar Radovanović, Kostadinović(1), Rašić(1), Marsenić(4), Minić, Potić(4). Head coach: Aleksandar Brković
RK Nexe: Goalkeepers- Lelić(3/19 saves), Pivac(3/12 saves), Janković(/), Players: Bureš, Eter(1), Lelić (8,3/3 7m), Mrđenović, Tomas, Jurjević, Sokolić, Vujić(3), Božic-Pavletic(1), Sakić(1), Vegar(4),Tomic(3), Ivić(6) Head coach: Zdenko Kordi
Vojvodina 29:27 Zagreb
Croatian team continued to maintain an edge, and goalkeeper Ivan Stevanovic corresponding counterpart staked with several great defended shots. Vojvodina in the second half played a little more assertive and aggressive in defense and widen the attack, and on the wings of noisy cheering supporters, who did not allow Zagreb to unstick to more than three goals differences. However, the key moves and defense brought Ivan Stevanovic who in the last five minutes of the game defended two great opportunities for Vojvodina and ensured Zagreb first away win.
The most efficient in the ranks of the winning team were Captain Zlatko Horvat with eight Stipe Mandalinić six and Marino Maric and Josip Valčić five and four goals. Goalkeeper Ivan Stevanovic enrolled 15 saves and deservedly took the title of best individual of the match.
In handball club Vojvodina respectable performance recorded Sasa Marjanac six, and Milan Mirkovic and Zoran Nikolic with four goals. Vojvodina goalkeeper Miroslav Kocic enrolled 14 saves.
Boris Dvoršek (CO Zagreb, coach):
It was an interesting match. I am satisfied that we won tonight. This was our fourth match in 10 days, so it was clear that we are tired. We deserved to win at the end. We had control on result through 60 minutes. Vojvodina fought well, they were close all the time, that’s why was a good match. I want to congratulate to my players. Atmosphere in the hall was nice. We knew that will be a tough here. Serbian and Croatian champions playing. That is some kind of derby…
Ivan Stevanović (CO Zagreb, goalkeeper):
We knew that we will have a tough clash here and that a lot of fans will be at the hall. We played good at the start. We could have broken the resistance of home team earlier, but the most important thing is that we won. We analysed them and knew that Elezovic, Mirkovic and Popov are players with international experiences, that they have good goalkeeper. At the end we have thriller ending, but luckily we won…
Zagreb on Sunday is playing a new SEHA League game against super strong Vardar Skopje for the first place in the scoreboard of SEHA League.
Ranking: Vardar 16, Zagreb CO 15 (6), Tatran 15, Metalurg 11 (5), Vojvodina 9 …
Arena: Slana Bara, Novi Sad
CO Zagreb: Stevanović (13 saves), Mudrinjak ; Marić 5, Stepančić 1, Matulić, Matić 1, Šprem, Čorić, Šebetić, Batinović 2, Horvat 8, Šušnja 1, J.Valčić 4, T.Valčić 1, Mandalinić 6, Kaleb
Vojvodina: Kocić ( 14 saves), Perović ; Popov, Radišić, Elezović 2, Barišić 3, Mirković 4, Pušica 2, Pilipović 1, Todorović, Nikolić 4, Marjanac 6, Šipka 2, Stanković 2, Holpert 1, Ćurković.