BSU conclude their SEHA journey as Meshkov Brest book their ticket for the quarter-final
On Tuesday, March 3rd, Handball Club Beijing Sport University encountered Handball Club Meshkov Brest for the return leg of the SEHA – Gazprom League 1/8 final. Despite the initial 20-goal win on Monday, the Belarusian champions were yet to confirm why they have been a regular SEHA Final 4 competitor. With a new 23:41 win, Meshkov have definitely proved they deserved their spot among the best eight of the competition.
Clearly, Tuesday night's match was repeatedly characterized by the dominance of the home team – Meshkov Brest – who eventually booked their SEHA quarter-final ticket reaching two wins against the Chinese team.
With playoffs in Brest, Vlado Sola and the team have concluded their performace in the 2019/2020 SEHA – Gazprom League. Unfortunately, it has been concluded without recording a win or gaining a point in 12 official matches played, but what has definitely been gained in an immensely valuable experience and the undeniable motivation for the further improvement. In front of the team there is now a period of trainings and a series of friendly games, as well as the preparations of everything that is coming up in the future, during which the team is hoping to progress in order to chase better results in the upcoming season.
HC Meshkov Brest – HC Beijing Sport University 41:23 (20:11)
Hall: Victoria Sport Complex
Referees: Anton Antashev and Denis Musatov (RUS)
Delegate: Oleg Tarasikov (RUS)
HC Meshkov Brest: Matskevich 8 saves, Usik 13 saves; Budzeika 3, Kankaras, Shkurinskiy 4, Obradovic 4, Accambray 2, Shumak, Baranau 9, Razgor 2, Obranovic 1, Selviasiuk 3, Djukic 6, Vailupau 2, Malus, Tamashuk 5
HC Beijing Sport University: He X. 5 save, Liu M. 6 saves; He Z., Ma, Xie 4, Zhu 1, Hu 3, Yao, Liu Z. 1, Gu, Huang 2, Cao 2, Wang 1, Cheng 4, Wang J. 5, Zhang
Raul Alonso, Meshkov Brest coach:
I’d like to congratulate BSU because I know how tough it was for them to play two games in two days. We’ve simply had more options, better rotation while at the same time allowing some of our younger players to gain some international experience. We started the match well and kept on controlling the result. We know what is ahead of us and our goal remains the same – to reach SEHA F4.
Ilya Usik, Meshkov Brest player:
BSU kept on fighting despite of the result. It was a good experience for both teams in my opinion. Most important thing is we’ve both avoided injuries.
Vlado Sola, Beijing Sport University coach:
I'd like to congratulate Meshkov on another good performance. I hope I'll next season be able to congratulate opponents on a good game but also be happy about the fact we won the match in the end. These two losses were in the end bigger than we expected and hoped they will be which is why we have to learn something and keep moving forward. This was our last SEHA game of the season which is why I'd like to use the opportunity to congratulate my players and say that we'll keep on working.
Qinglong Xie, Beijing Sport University player:
First of all I’d like to thank our coaches who did a good job because we’ve really learned a lot from them. It was a great experience for us to play against so many quality European teams. Goal is to keep on progressing as a team for the next season.
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