Minsk SKA defeats Hard
Minsk SKA handballers to play in EHF Cup group stage after defeating Austrian Hard in second match of third qualifying round at Sports Palace — 35:23
During SKA-Hard match
The Minskers claimed serious success during their previous match, in Austria, winning 33:23. In Minsk, the Austrians were clearly determined to take revenge but, from the first minutes, SKA showed their fighting spirit also. By halftime, it was clear that SKA help supremacy, being 22 goals ahead. The final score at the Sports Palace — 35:23 — guarantees SKA a place at the EHF Cup group stage.
According to SKA’s head coach, Spartak Mironovich, the latest victory is a huge step in the right direction. He emphasises, “After the first match, the squad relaxed rather, but managed to reignite their fire, battling for each goal; it may have looked easy but it certainly wasn’t.”
The performance of the young team at such a level will be an evident advantage regardless of the draw’s results, though SKA’s group rivals will be Danish Bjerringbro, Swiss Winterthur and French Saint Raphael.
By Igor Leshin