The Kielce team is off to a good start in the championship!
- Magda Pluszewska
- Anna Benicewicz-Miazga
Nine PGE VIVE Kielce players played their inaugural matches on the first day of EHF EURO 2020. Croatia played against Montenegro, Belarus took on Serbia, Germany took on the Netherlands and Spain faced Latvia. Arciom Karalok leads the competition for the Top Scorer title.
Arciom Karalok and Andreas Wolff played particularly great matches. In the match against Serbia, our Belarusian pivot scored nine (!) goals out of ten attempts, he also had two assists and proved his worth in defense. Uladzislau Kulesh added five goals and four assists to the Belarusians’ account. “Archie’s” and Vlad’s team defeated Serbia with a final score of 35:30, and after the first day of the championship, Arciom Karalok took first place in the scorer classification.
The match between Germany and the Netherlands took place at the same time, the Germans won the meeting 34:23. Throughout almost the entire game Andreas Wolff held the goal, defending 12 shots and earning 39% save success rate. At the very end of the match he was replaced by Johannes Bitter, who defended 2 shots in about ten minutes, earning a 40% save success rate. The substitution was simply due to the desire to give the other goalkeeper a chance. “Andy” had some very impressive parades and scored one goal. It is worth noting that the Germans had to do without their captain — Uwe Gensheimer for the better part of the match. The winger received a red card in the sixteenth minute for striking the Dutch goalie’s head with the ball during a penalty throw. The German winger did this inadvertently, but during the video verification the referees decided that due to the lack of movement of the goalkeeper towards the ball, Gensheimer should get a red card. Former PGE VIVE player, Tobias Reichmann, scored 3 goals.
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At 8:30 p.m. Croatia faced Montenegro and Spain faced Latvia. In the first one, Croatia defeated its rivals 27:21. In the first half the teams went head to head, only in the second half Igor Karačić's team managed to gain the lead. Our playmaker scored one goal in this match. Former PGE VIVE players, Luka Cindrić (6) and Željko Musa (1), scored goals as well. The match ended with no goals scored for Marko Mamić. Throughout the entire match Marin Šego defended the goal, earning a 22% save success rate. Branko Vujović spent little time on the court, less than five minutes. Our playmaker did not score a goal for his team, but had one assist.
all of our Spanish players played in the match between Spain and Latvia. Alex Dujshebaev scored three goals, Dani Dujshebaev — one, Julen Aginagalde — two, and Angel Fernandez scored five goals, the highest score rate among our Spaniards. Spain beat their rivals with confidence, winning 34:23.
Friday, 10 January, will be the start of the championship for our players and coaches in the Polish and Slovenian teams, which will face off at 6:15 p.m. Arkadiusz Moryto and Mateusz Kornecki will be playing for the white-and-red team, and Blaž Janc for the Slovenian team. Sławomir Szmal and Uroš Zorman will be the assistant coaches for these teams. TVP Sport will broadcast the match. Other EHF EURO matches can be watched free of charge at ehftv.pl.