In their first home Champions League match, Vive Tauron Kielce beat Pick Szeged 37:32. Both teams began at the same pace; the game was not brutal but the German referees tried to curb any harsher moves by giving away a lot of yellow cards. Sławomir Szmal had a quite good beginning but a couple of wasted chances in attack allowed Pick to get away by 2 goals (2:4) in 8. minute. Polish team had some problems with breaking through Hungarian defence and Sierra in the goal, and stayed behind until 14. minute when first Zorman scored for 7:7 and then Lijewski for 8:7. Happiness of the Kielce fans was ceased in the next minute by the referees who punished Michał Jurecki with a red card for fouling Dean Bombač. The controversial decision did not influence the rest of the team and they struggle to gain a bigger advantage. The result again was on an eye level. 6 minutes to go Grzegorz Tkaczyk had a very good moment and gave his team 2-goal-lead. Bielecki made it 3, but a weaker ending in attack made Kielce lead only 18:17 at the break.
The second half was opened by a goal by Julen Aginagalde and Polish Champions started forging ahead; before 40. minute they reached 5-goal advantage when Reichmann scored for 24:19. The team from Szeged caught up a bit with penalty goals (6; all scored by perfect in this element Bombač); only one penalty shot for Kielce, in 56. minute. However, Pick could not get to the hosts closer than 4 goals. The final result was 37:32.
It was a very good game of Lijewski – not only did he score but had many excellent passes. Also very well performances of Zorman and Tkaczyk are worth mentioning. On the other side was Denis Buntić who did not have the best day apparently. In the team from Szeged the outstanding players were Bombač and Zsolt Balogh, who also were best scorers with 9 goals each.
TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA