BSU fails to keep up with Meshkov Brest’s experience in the first edition of SEHA 1/8 final
On Monday, March 2nd, Handball Club Beijing Sport University travelled to Brest, Belarus, as the time has come for the competitive part of the season to continue.
The SEHA – Gazprom League continues with the playoffs, as Beijing SU are set to encounter the Belarusian champions – Meshkov Brest who, due to a mutual decision, are to host both the first and the return leg of the SEHA 1/8 final.
In the first out of the two scheduled matches, Meshkov celebrated convincingly over the Chinese team. In a match played on Monday, the experienced Belarusians had no hard time making the first step towards the SEHA ¼ final. The end-time result is the truest representation of a game that was completely controlled by the Belarusian team, with the last whistle marking the final result of 26:46 and having Raul Alonso and his team sleep peacefully ahead of the second leg of the 1/8 final, as they secured a 20-goal advance on Monday night.
HC Beijing Sport University – HC Meshkov Brest 26:46 (14:20)
Hall: Victoria Sport Complex
Referees: Anton Antashev and Denis Musatov (RUS)
Delegate: Oleg Tarasikov (RUS)
HC Beijing Sport University: He X. 1 save, Liu M. 4 saves; He Z., Ma, Xie 5, Zhu 1, Hu 4, Yao, Liu Z., Gu 2, Huang 3, Cao 1, Wang 4, Cheng 2, Wang J. 3, Zhang 1
HC Meshkov Brest: Pesic 10 saves + 1 goal, Matskevich 11 saves; Kankaras 6, Panic 1, Shkurinskiy 4, Yurynok 5, Obradovic 3, Shumak, Baranau 8, Razgor 5, Obranovic 1, Selviasiuk, Dukic 3, Vailupau 5, Malus 1
Vlado Sola, BSU coach:
Meshkov obviously have a much better team than we do. We were able to deliver solid resistance for about 20 minutes but after that we were kind of naive. Their players have way more experience and they took advantage of our mistakes showing us what handball is. I hope we'll be able to recover and deliver a better outing tomorrow.
Peijie Huang, BSU player:
I do not want to look for excuses but we have to be realistic and say our two teams are on different levels. We've had good periods but we have had some really bad ones as well. We're looking forward to hopefully delivering a better performance tomorrow.
Raul Alonso, Meshkov Brest coach:
They fought throughout the entire course of the game, even when we opened the gap. I want to congratulate my guys, they really delivered a good performance, all of them. We were dominating the match in every aspect. Tomorrow is a new day and we must once again focus and play best we can. Goal is to keep up with good performances that will help us reach our goal - Final 4 tournament.
Branko Kankaras, Meshkov Brest player:
BSU have really progressed a lot. We were preparing together for the season last summer in Slovenia and they've really progressed since. Considering us, I feel if we had more time to work on our game in the beginning of the season we could have reached CL knock-out phase. I honestly feel like we're at the moment on that level. It's a pity season didn't start about a month later.
Second leg scheduled for Tuesday
The return leg of the eighth-final duel is scheduled for tomorrow – Tuesday, March 3rd. The match will also be played in Brest, Belarus, as both parties involved had previously agreed on playing both the first and the return leg in Brest.
The second edition of the eighth-final is scheduled for 16:15 CET (18:15 local time, 23:15 Beijing time) on Tuesday, while the match will take part in Victoria Sports Complex in Brest.