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Kolstad Handball, Sander Sagosen | Kolstad outclassed by Zagreb in their own hall – CL promotion about to slip away

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Kolstad Handball, Sander Sagosen |  Kolstad outclassed by Zagreb in their own hall – CL promotion about to slip away

The high-stakes Trønder club was behind from the first minute and is now three points behind Zagreb with two rounds to go. In order to climb to the important 6th place, the team must not only beat strong Kielce away and jumbolat Pelister Bitola at home, but also hope that Zagreb loses its remaining games against PSG and Kiel.

Kolstad must make it to the cup for Norway to have a guaranteed place in the Champions League next season, otherwise one must again hope for a wild card as the club was awarded this season.

Zagreb inflicted a painful 11-goal loss on Kolstad in the teams’ first meeting in September. It was a fired-up home team that took to the pitch in their own hall to avenge that blow, but then it turned into another nightmare.

Adrenalin

Matej Mandic played great in the away goal right from the start, while the Kolstad players could not find their composure and made mistakes after mistakes. Kolstad took a timeout for the first time at 4-7 after 12.44. “Too much adrenaline”, said Christian Berge in the cluster, without it helping. There were high shoulders for the whole gang.

The next timeout came after 23.16 at the score 7-15. Through most of the first half, Zagreb scored twice for every Kolstad score, until 8-16 just over five minutes before the break.

Then Sander Sagosen made his fifth technical foul, and the visitors converted it into a score. Barely three minutes before the break, the lead was ten goals, when Cuban Yoel Cuni Morales scored his fifth goal to make it 8-18.

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Short hitchhiking

Lars Eggen Rismark entered the goal in the last minutes of the half and made three saves on six shots, as many as Torbjørn Bergerud had on 17 shots. Kolstad scored the last two goals of the half, including a fly by Sagosen.

During the break, the audience could dream of an adventurous comeback, but that faded quickly when the teams returned to the pitch. Zagreb kept their grip and didn’t let the home team down significantly.

Halfway through the second half, the lead was seven goals at 20-27.

Well eight minutes before the end, the lead was down to five goals (23-28) for the first time since 6-11, and Zagreb took a timeout. It was used well, and the visitors had full control in the final minutes.

(©NTB)

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