Scandinavian sides & Constanta complete boarding for round 2
Qualification for the second round in the Men's European League 2021/22 continued on Sunday night with four more ties.
One of the biggest highlights of the day was Danish side Holstebro's massive six-goal turn around to take a seven-goal win and stamp their name on the final qualification round 2 spot.
All teams for qualification round 2 have now been confirmed. The draw will take place on Tuesday at 11:00 CEST, while the pots will be released on Monday.
EHF EUROPEAN LEAGUE MEN – QUALIFICATION ROUND 1
HK Malmö vs Balatonfüredi KSE 22:20 (9:10)
- Malmö came bursting out of the gates running up a 7:2 lead after the first 13 minutes, with Blickhammar and Tumba both netting two each in this period.
- But after pulling it level at 7:7 (24th minute), the visitors Balatonfüredi then took the lead; the Hungarian side went into the dressing room +1 at 9:10.
- With his first goal in the 36th minute Kassem Awad gifted the hosts the lead once again before they went on to secure a three-goal gap late into the second half (Blickhammar, 49’ 19:16)
- It was drama right until the end as progression stood on a knife’s edge; however, Hampus Jildenbäck (3/7) - whose poor shooting cost them at times - came good to give them another three-goal gap in the 59th minute.
- Due to more away goals (agg. 47:47) from the first leg, it is the Swedish side of HK Malmö that advance to the next round.
HC Dobrogea Sud Constanta vs Csurgói KK 31:28 (16:13)
- It was Csurgói that started brighter and thanks to a Juhasz goal in the 9th minute (6: 3) they had closed the aggerate gap to just +1
- However, this was the last time the Hungarian side held the lead with Constanta restoring the it thanks to Komogorov (8:7).
- Lead by their top scorers Croatian Marko Buvinic (6/11) and Serbian Zoran Nikolic (6/7), the hosts never looked back and controlled the game.
- It was by no means though a perfect game with seven of Constanta’s 11 scorers experiencing a poor 50% or worse shooting percentage; however, despite this, the Romanian side were able to secure a comfortable win over two legs.
- Thanks to a 58:51 agg. win, it is the Romanian side HC Dobrogea Sud Constanta that advance to the second round of qualification in the Men’s European League.
ØIF Arendal vs Górnik Zabrze 28:29 (14:15)
- 11 minutes in and we saw a much-improved Górnik Zabrze who kept it neck-and-neck (8:8) during the tense opening to the action.
- When 19-year-old Sebastian Kaczor scored his one and only goal to make it 15:12 for the guests, things were looking rosy for the Polish outfit, but a lapse in defensive concentration let Arendal’s Adrian Evensen net two quick goals before the buzzer to bring it back to +1 for Zabrze.
- The opening of the second half saw top scorer of the game Arendal’s Jørg Gjermundnes put on a show scoring in the 34th 35th and 38th minute (19:19), the 20-year-old shooter netted seven of his eight chances overall.
- Despite picking up a loss, ØIF Arendal will advance to the next round thanks to their massive 10-goal win from the first leg. The tie officially concluded with a 57:48 aggerate win for the Norwegian side.
TTH Holstebro vs RK Trimo Trebnje 35:28 (16:9)
- Poised at 5:5 after 11 minutes, things weren't looking too good for hosts Holstebro with them having a six-goal deficit from the first leg.
- However, it was a quick hattrick by Magnus Bramming in the around the 20-minute mark that gave the hosts air to breathe (11:8).
- Hotshot Bramming didn't slow down netting two more important goals before the break giving the hosts a huge 16:9 lead.
- New signing from Veszprem Nikolaj Markussen came to life in the second half netting three goals by the 49th minute (30:21).
- A 4-1 run lead by Radojkovic (scored 3 in the run) gave the visitors a glimmer of hope once again as the gap was pulled back to 32:26.
- Three seven-meter shots for Hostebro and two two-minute suspensions for Trebnje in the last four minutes handed hosts a seven-goal win and a ticket in the next round.