By Yegor Glebov
Brest Meshkov HC successfully overcome the qualifying barrier to reach the Champions League major round
In the decisive match at Brest’s Victoria Sports Complex, the hosts defeated Slovak Tatran from Prešov in a tough struggle — 26:24. During the meeting, the rivals didn’t allow each other to get far ahead, playing very tightly in the defence of the net. Moreover, both goalkeepers — Brest’s Ivan Peshin and his Slovak colleague, Jakub Krupa — played brilliantly and saved their squads many times. Everything was decided at the end of the second period, when the hosts were just two balls ahead and the guests failed to convert a 7-m penalty kick. Denis Rutenko was recognised the Belarusian player of the match, scoring 6 balls.
Now, Željko Babić’s team will prepare for the start of the Champions League Group A, where they will be joined by Germany’s Kiel, French Paris Saint-Germain, Macedonian Metalurg from Skopje, Croatian Zagreb and the Spanish team Logroño. The first match of the major round of the most prestigious continental tournament will be played by the Brest team on September 28th, when they face the Spaniards in an away match.