In the first game for the second round of the EHF Cup, Olympiacos was defeated by Komlo with 34-29 and will claim the qualification in the rematch on Sunday 14/10. Reina and Tziras were the top scorers with eight and seven goals respectively.
At the start of the game, Komlo went ahead with 2-0 quickly but Olympiacos reacted and reduced with a goal by Karampourniotis to 3-2 initially and Tziras tied the match (4-4). The hosts kept a lead until the middle of the first half (8-6) with their goalkeeper Granic having an excellent performance. The Hungarians boosted the margin to 5 goals four minutes before the end of the first half which ended with a goal by Reina (16-12).
The ‘’Reds’’ were better in the second half and reduced to two goals (23-21, at 42:46). However, Komlo kept the lead until the end and won the game (34-29). The final score gives the chance to the Greek team to compete for the qualification in the rematch on Sunday (14/10) at the Rentis sporting hall having the strong support of its fans.
Fluctuation: 3-2, 5-4, 8-6, 11-7, 13-10, 16-12, 18-15, 20-17, 28-24, 31-26, 34-29
Comlo: Granic, Katzirz, Manojlovity, Pal, Marcsek, Kovacs, Markovic 14, Balasz 2, Selymes, Sunajko 4, Jerkovic 5, Szkokan 2, Gebhardt 1, Grunfelder 3, Obradovic 2, Matic 1.
Olympiacos (Georgios Zaravinas): Kritikos 1, Tziras 7, Karampourniotis 1, Lemos 1, Jimenez Reina 8, Asvestas, Papadopoulos, Kandylas 1, Sanikis 3, Bubalo 2, Liapis 2, Tsilimparis, Arsic, Arapakopoulos 2, Delichristos, Tsilis 1.
Zaravinas: "Having the support of our fans to claim the qualification’’
The Olympiacos coach, Giorgos Zaravinas, stated at olympiacossfp.gr:
‘’I would like to congratulate my players for their effort. Some details made the difference as the opponent was better on the attack. Everyone watched the game can draw a conclusion. We have another strong game against a good team in the next week. We have to be more competitive having the strong support of our fans to claim the qualification’’.