MKB-MVM Veszprém secured their place in the VELUX EHF FINAL4 for the second year running, finishing the two-match battle against Paris Saint-Germain Handball with a decisive win at home in the jam-packed Veszprém Arena on Sunday, eurohandball.com reports.
The Hungarian outfit had problems trying to stop Mikkel Hansen, who scored 15 goals, but otherwise the home side controlled the game from the first minute to the last and deserved to eliminiate their French opponent.
VELUX EHF Champions League Quarter-final Leg 2
MKB-MVM Veszprém (HUN) vs. PSG Handball (FRA) 34:28 (16:12)
First leg 24:24. Agg 58:52, MKB-MVM Veszprém qualify for the VELUX EHF FINAL4
The eurohandball.com said, Sunday’s showdown started with deafening noise in Veszprém Arena where 5,000 fans were dressed in red to push their team to the VELUX EHF Champions League FINAL4 for the second year in a row.
The visitors started better and it took Veszprém eight minutes to finally pull ahead. Momir Ilic and William Accambray were the heroes as the two teams went head-to-head for the first fifteen minutes, but then the home side found fifth gear and left PSG standing.
Philippe Gardent was forced to take his first time-out as Veszprém threatened to build a massive lead by the break.
According to eurohandball.com, the home side held on to their narrow lead with the unstoppable Ilic putting them in firm control of the game while PSG needed the heroics of Mikkel Hansen to remain in sight.
Veszprém’s defence was just as tough as in Paris but their attacks were even better, promising a difficult night for the visitors.
Carlos Ortega ordered the home team to constantly run at the French wall when in possession to prevent PSG from making their transitional changes; a tactic which resulted in quite a few goals as Veszprém remained confidently in front.
The eurohandball.com said, problems started to mount for Gardent when the Hungarian side extended their lead to six goals. Gardent was forced to take Thierry Omeyer, who hardly made contact with the home players’ shots, off the court.
Laszlo Nagy and his team ruthlessly punished the visitors’ defensive errors, with Renato Sulic taking the margin to eight goals.
Veszprém put on a great show for their loyal fans, who went crazy when Carlos Ruesga scored one of his trademark goals. With such a lead for the home team as the clock wound down, the last 10 minutes did not promise much excitement.
PSG started to narrow the scoreline with some wonder goals from the outstanding Mikkel Hansen, but there was too little time left for a comeback and Veszprém never allowed PSG to really get their hopes up.
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