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Veszprem wins Group – Celje at TOP 16

After this convincing 34:27 (19-11)home win for the Hungarian champion, the in-form Veszprem underlined their intention to go far in this year’s EHF Champions League. This win has seen another stellar performance from the Hungarian team lead by MomirIlić, who was once again a standout performer for his team, scoring eight goals in tonight’s match.

Veszprem was eight goals ahead as the halftime drew close, and Zagreb unable to hold on to anything in this match, after the opening minutes of the second period saw them come no closer than a five-goal deficit (25-20).Despite ZlatkoHorvat being an inspired performerwith five goals, brave Zagreb side were to shift focus towards their next group match,some time before the last whistle was blown in Veszprem, as the Hungarians showed no signs of slowing down. In the dying minutes of the game Veszprem extended their lead to nine goals before setting the final result at 34:27, in a match they controlled throughout.

The ambitious Spaniard, Carlos Ortega, coach of the Veszprem team surely put the money where his mouth is tonight, previously stating his dream of winning the coveted competition. Veszprem (17 pts.) are now secure atopof the Group A, with eight wins from nine games, remaining the only undefeated side in the Group stage, along with Barcelona who previously showed no mercy to PSG the same evening. The fortunes of Zagreb (6 pts.) are now well out of their hands, as they will have to defeat St. Petersburg HC (7pts.), hoping for another inspired performance from Veszprem,who travel to meet HC Motor Zaporozhye (22.02.) in the last remainin ground of the EHF Champions League Group A.

C.O Zagreb need a win against Russian Sankt Petersburg in front of home fans, but in the same time, Veszprem has to take point or two in Ukraine…

MKB-MVM Veszprem (HUN) vs. HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb (CRO) 34:27 (19:11)

Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO) vs. HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR) 30:27 (19:15)

St. Petersburg HC (RUS) vs Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER) 23:32 (10:18)


1. MKB-MVM Veszprém9810281:217(64)17
2. Rhein-Neckar Löwen9621270:227(43)14
3. Celje Pivovarna Lasko9414214:21079
3. HC Motor Zaporozhye8314224:2447
5. HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagr…9306241:258(-17)6
6. St. Petersburg HC9018192:266(-74)1


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