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One Step From The Gold – MVM Veszprém’s Shocking Defeat At Handball Champions League

What a thriller, what a rollercoaster, what an atmosphere in the LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany. At the Final of the EHF Handball Champions League 2016 KS Vive Tauron Kielce from Poland and the Hungarian MVM Veszprém matched for the European Golden Medal. In the end, in one of the most remarkable EHF Champions League Finals the Polish team took their first ever trophy as the first team to win a final of this competition after a penalty shoot-out.

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At 45 minutes, Kielce were down by nine goals, before they cheated the gallows, closed the gap and had the chance to decide the match in regular time, but failed. “Veszprem got better into the game” Their defense and offence were just better then ours” said Krzysztof Lijewski after the historic win. In a combative defensive battle through the first half, the Hungarian side beat their opponents using their weapons most effectively, including a rock solid defensive wall. Something happened in the second part of the match. When all seemed to be said and done, Veszprém lost their rhythm, their faith, their confidence – simply everything. “I am in quite a shock, feeling so mad, so sad” said Palmarsson. “I can’t believe what happened. We had already won that match and everybody knew we won it. But then…” But then the Polish team could catch up to 35:35 the second half until the first extra time and finally Kielce scored the Final’s penalty shoot-outs better to 39:38.

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For Veszprém, the match was a disappointing third loss of three Champions League Finals since 2002 and 2015.

via: ehfcl.com; 24.hu
photos: 24.hu