On Saturday the Telekom Veszprém faced the French PSG in the quarter-finals of the European Championship. Although the Hungarian team played very well, they ended up losing by one goal (26-27). The Veszprém could go for the 3rd place on the podium of the Championship.
FC Barcelona Lassa ended their time in Cologne for the 2017 Final Four in fourth place after losing to Telekom Veszprém in the third-place play-off (34-30). The match was neck-and-neck in the first half but the Hungarian side took the game away from the Catalans following eight goals from Palmarsson, six from Nagy and five from Nilson.
The first half was even with both sides playing well although Veszprém were slightly more fluid. Barça were only in front once when Ariño made it 5-4 in the ninth minute. The team from Hungary responded well with four unanswered goals giving them a 14-10 lead by the 21st minute. Lekai and Ugalde were hurting the blaugranas with five goals each in the first half.
In the second half the Catalans tried their best to get back into the game but Nagy, Nilson and Palmarsson’s effectiveness meant they were unable to close the gap and the final score was 34-30. This means Barça leave Cologne without achieving what they hoped but they will have to move on from this quickly with the Copa del Rey coming up.
The Macedonian team, Vardar could beat the PSG and won the Championship. Vardar are the first Macedonian club to win the EHF Champions League and the 13th overall club to win the trophy. After Spain, Germany, Slovenia, France and Poland, FYR Macedonia is the sixth nation representing a men’s EHF Champions League winner.
Last year the Hungarian Telekom Veszprém got in the final and finished as the winner of the silver of the European Handball Championship.
via: nemzetisport.hu; fcbarcelona.com
photos: nemzetisport.hu; fcbarcelona.com