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VELUX EHF FINAL4: the impressive Vardar makes miracle against Barca and is in the final

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VELUX EHF FINAL4: the impressive Vardar makes miracle against Barca and is in the final
Ibolya Szekeres

VELUX EHF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL4

Cologne, Lanxess Arena

Second semifinal:

Barca Lassa – HC Vardar 27 – 29 (16 – 9)

Vardar tried to do everything in the first half but after the first quarter when the result was close 7-6, Barca just increased the lead, 10-7 and from that point, there was no chance for Vardar. Perez de Vargas had a fantastic performance in the Spanish goal, he saved several clear chances against Dibirov, Karacic or Skube. Parrondo took timeout twice in the last ten minutes of the first half, but nothing helped. Barca had a fantastic flow in their game and showed an amazing team effort. Half time: 16-9.

The second half did not look different from the first one, Barca played easily their game, kept the distance of 5-6 goals, meanwhile Vardar had to struggle for every scoring. After 21-14 for Barca nobody believed that Barca would not win, but Vardar managed to make an impressive comeback, slowly but secure they worked themselves back to the game, 25-20, 26-23, than Vardar leveled the match at 26-26 with 3 minutes left from the semifinal. Than Thiagus Petrus got a direct red card after he hit Kristopans when defending and in the next action Karacic took the lead for Vardar 26-27. Two-goal lead for the Macedonians when Kristopans scored his tenth goal, 26-28. Barca managed to reduce quickly, 27-28, but Stoilov put the last goal back Møller and pushed his team to the final for the second time in the clubs history. Final result: 27-29.

Goals:

Barca Lassa:

Perez de Vargas (27%), Møller (0%) (GK) – Tomas 2, Entrerrios 2, Sorhaindo, Andersson, Arino 3, Gomez 9(2), Syprzak, Goncalves Dos Santos 2, Dolenec, Mem 3, Duarte 2, N.Ilic 1, Palmarsson 1, Fabregas 1

Headcoach: Xavi Pascual

Vardar:

Milosavljev (38%), Ghedbane (GK) – Stoilov 1, Popovski, Kristopans 10, Moraes 4, Dissinger 2, Karacic 5, Skube 1, Kalarash, Cupic 3(2), Dibirov 2, Gorbok, Shiskarev 1, Vojvodic, Kiselev

Headcoach: Roberto Parrondo

Suspensions: 10 minutes, 1 RC; 6 minutes

7 meters: 3/2; 2/2

Player of the match: Dainis Kristopans (Vardar)

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Ibolya Szekeres

Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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