Macedonian handball community was curious to see the biggest national derby between RK Vardar and RK Metalurg after almost a year and get a real perspective about the difference of two great rivals in the past few years after collapse of a “big Metalurg”. Vardar won 26:22 (14:11) at Play Off Round 3, and it wasn’t that easy as expected.
Dejan Manaskov netted six goals for the winners, while young Filip Talevski scored eight for Lino Červar’s team.
Vardar – Metalurg 26-22 (14-11)
Vardar: Šterbik, Milić 15 saves, Stoilov, Brumen, Toskić 1, Manaskov 6, Makeda 5, Karačić 1, Dušebaev 2, Abutović, Lazarov 2, Cindrić 4, Dibirov, Gorbok, Šiškarev 2, Marsenić 3.
Metalurg: Dupjačanec 4 saves (1 7 meter), Tomovski 7 saves (2 7-meter), Petrov 1, Madžovski, Kosteski 3, Matić 4, Vujović, Buvinić 5, Kuzmanovski 1, Jagurinovski, Kukoski, Krstevski, Taleski 8, Peševski, Palevski, Šajin.