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GROUP C REVIEW: Metalurg Skopje heat up the play-off race in Group C, after big win over TATRAN Presov.
Filip Taleski seals win for Metalurg over TATRAN Presov
Metalurg Skopje beat TATRAN Presov to stay in the dramatic race for the second play-off spot in Group C. After Round 8, the Macedonian side are trailing La Rioja by a single point going into a direct clash of these two next week in Logrono. Presov are not out yet, but the chances of advancing are very low provided all results play in their favour.
Lino Cervar confirmed their rising form in the most prestigious European competition. After surprising win in Elverum, Darko Arsic and Filip Taleski guided the Macedonian team to a 26:20 win.
Igor Chupryna showed again his importance for TATRAN Presov. He was a wall in the opening minutes. Additionally, he scored twice in the first half himself into the empty net, as the play with extra man did not pay off for the hosts. However, Darko Arsic stole the show in the second half. After the break, the goalkeeping factor was one of the influential factors of the game, since Chupryna had a difficult job with a 4 -2 non-efficient Presov defence.
Ten minutes dry out
It took the opening ten minutes of the first half for Filip Taleski to score the first goal for Metalurg. The Macedonian left back found his form against Presov and his presence in offence with 10 goals was significant. Moreover, his defensive contribution together with Obradovic created problems for Presov.
Lino Cervar’s men did not benefit from the extra man on the court in the first half, since they conceded a goal twice. On contrary in the second half, the 7 on 6 with the extra man for Metalurg worked very well against the 4 – 2 defence of TATRAN Presov. In fact, it can be described as the main talking point of the match, since Presov lost their momentum in attack and were easily out-played by Metalurg. Obradovic once again was positioned on the line with transition into the left back position provided support for Taleski’s firepower.
Lack of support
Presov were struggling on offence, as Oliver Rabek did not have the support from Krok, Urban or Peskov. But even Rabek’s efficiency was not as high, provided by his 35% efficiency. Combined with reliable Arsic, Metalurg could get into the deciding lead in the second half. TATRAN did not handle the match well mentally after falling behind.
TEXT: Tomas Cuncik/tm