No more undefeated teams in the SEHA Gazprom South Stream league, the Macedonian runner-up HC Metalurg unexpectedly lost very convincingly in SC “Boris Trajkovski” in Skopje against Tatran Presov with 32:23. This is third victory for Tatran in Skopje in this competition, second this season against the favorites in this competition HC Vardar Skopje and HC Metalurg.
520_1381000728Macedonian participant in the EHF Champions League, Metalurg in this match simply could not be recognized whether recent developments between the club-Stanic somehow shake the atmosphere for a moment or perhaps they just kept their strength for important Champions League matches.Chervar again put younger players in the team roster and with combined team stood against first line-up of Tatran, the hosts could not find the idea against spirited opponents, whose victory took them to the leading position in this regional competition.The match begun well for the home team, in the eighth minute after the second goal  of Manaskov the score was 5-3. Metalurg last lead was at 12:11 through Vugrinec. The guests guided by Pejovic  made a 3-0 series for a lead of  two goals  in the 26th minute.The suspense lasted until the initial five minutes of the second half, when  Slovenian right back, Vugrinec lower the advantage at 16:17, and then Metalurg’s ship started  sinking, too many technical mistakes,  without any clear ideas in attack and Tatran Presov  used it and with a series  8:2 took their advantage to plus eight in 42th minute,18:25 . When it was clear who would take the points in Skopje, Metalurg put his younger players in the game , but the Slovaks did not relaxed a bit and made their maximum advantage, through Sadovji in the 58th minute. The final epilogue was 23:32.

Top scorers for Metallurg were Vugrinec, Mojsoski and Atman with four goals, while at Tatran Presov, Antl had nine T. Urban six, five had Kristopans and Pejovic.

A series of 8-1 at the start of the second half, when Tatran came to 25-17 was crucial to the outcome of the match.

 Lino Chervar , Metallurg coach

– Congratulations to Tatran who put more effort, struggle and desire. It is obvious that is a small period fo us, from Sunday to Friday to regenerate in the approach and “in the heads”. We need more time to prepare, mentally. Tatran is quality team and our “stronger lineup” made minus. I’m sorry I did not put more young players in the squad. Taleski showed sports arrogance, Kosteski played well in defense and inexperienced in the attack. Peshevski started well and then played poorly . We’ll continue to give a chance to other players in the SEHA GSS league matches in future.

Peter Hatalchik, coach of Tatran

– We know where the danger was coming from, Atman, Vugrinec and Mojsovski. Where good prepared to keep them, and it gave us the result. We knew that the only chance we have to play fast , with pressure, with quick center and with shorter attacks.

HC Metalurg:OJLEVSKI Goce 1, PECAKOVSKI Dejan 1/2, VUGRINEC Renato 4/10, KOSTESKI Nikola 1/2, MANASKOV Dejan 3/4, MOJSOSKI Zlatko 4/6, MITREVSKI Nikola(5 saves), MARKOSKI Nikola 1/1, MOJSOVSKI Naumche 2/4, ATMAN Pavel 4/6, KEDŽO Nikola 1/2, TALEVSKI Filip 2/5, JONOVSKI Aco, MIJATOVIĆ Rade(9 saves), MANDIĆ Igor, PEŠEVSKI Žarko
Tatran Presov: KRUPA Jakub(), RABEK Oliver 2/5, HRUSCAK Patrik, HRSTKA Jakub, KRISTOPANS Dainis 5/10, SADOVYI Viacheslav 1/1, VERKIČ Svetislav (9 saves), RADČENKO Alexander 1/1, URBAN Lukaš, TUMIDALSKY Peter 1, URBAN Tomas 6/8, ČIP Tomaš 1/1, PEJOVIČ Žarko 5/10, KRZYSZTOFIK Damian 2/2, ANTL Radoslav 9/11