Veszprém take a comfortable cushion into the second leg
After an early Last 16 elimination by Skjern in the 2017/18 season, Veszprém are on course for their fifth participation at the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in Cologne. The record Hungarian champions took an impressive 28:22 victory at SG Flensburg-Handewitt in the first leg of their VELUX EHF Champions League Quarter-final tie on Wednesday.
- For the fifth time in a row (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019), when they made it that far, Veszprém remained unbeaten in the away match of the VELUX EHF Champions League Quarter-final. They tied twice at Paris and won at Montpellier, Vardar and now Flensburg.
- Flensburg have not proceeded to the VELUX EHF FINAL4 since winning in 2014 and need a miracle at Lake Balaton to end this run.
- Potentially, for the third time in a row, no German team will be part of the VELUX EHF FINAL4.
- Flensburg only scored once in the first 14 minutes of the second half.
- Veszprém line player Andreas Nilsson top-scored with six goals, while Joendal and Glandorf scored five goals each for Flensburg
QUARTER-FINAL, FIRST LEG
SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER) vs Telekom Veszprém HC (HUN) 22:28 (15:15)
6:5 in the 13th minute was Flensburg’s last but one lead, and then Veszprém took control, first by four unanswered goals for the 9:6, then through an extremely strong defence.
Despite some saves from Flensburg goalkeeper Benjamin Buric, it was not enough for the hosts to earn more than a level half-time score, 15:15, after their final lead at 13:12.
The first 15 minutes of the second half were the crucial period in the ultimately uneven encounter: Flensburg only scored once, while Veszprém struck with a high efficiency to lead 22:16. The visitors had calmed down the fans in the Flens-Arena, and even a strong intermediate period, when the hosts reduced the gap to only four goals at 20:24, did not change anything.
In the final stages, Veszprém again had the upper hand, easily cruising to a six-goal advantage, which provides them with quite a comfortable cushion heading into the second leg at home. It was Veszprém’s third victory in this season’s knockout matches after beating Sporting CP twice in the Last 16.Author: Björn Pazen / jw