Zabrze upset Löwen; Sporting, Nexe earn close wins

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EHF / Danijela Vekić

The main round of the EHF European League Men opened with a bang on Tuesday, as Górnik Zabrze came from behind to upset Rhein-Neckar Löwen in group I. Earlier, the other German team in the group, TSV Hannover-Burgdorf, also suffered a defeat. Three more exciting matches closed the first game day. IK Sävehof suffered their first loss of the season, while SG Flensburg-Handewitt had an easy job at home against Bjerringbro-Silkeborg. After tight 60 minutes, Sporting CP managed to secure a win with the help of Martim Costa and Orri Thorkelsson.

240213 ELM Review 2 Main Quote Zabrze
I always say to my players that every match lasts for 60 minutes. We started the second half in very bad way, but some changes in the first team and fast returning to defence were the main reasons why we finally won. Even the changes in Rhein-Neckar's tactics were not enough.
Tomasz Strzabala
Head coach, Górnik Zabrze
240213 ELM Review 2 Main Quote Löwen
We thought that we were controlling that match. But eight or 10 minutes of good play is not enough to win. We were winning by five goals, and then losing by five. We are now very sad, we lose and it's hard...
Sebastian Hinze
Head coach, Rhein-Neckar Löwen
20240213 Nexe Savehof Kuzmanovic Quote
This was an extremely difficult match against a great Swedish team that has a point more than us and it was very important for us to start with a win. We had several moments in the match when we could have gone for a much bigger goal difference, but their goalkeeper defended brilliantly.
Dominik Kuzmanovic
Goalkeeper, RK Nexe
20240213 Nexe Savehof Apelgren Quote
The goalkeepers played a key role tonight - we saw handball stars in the making, they caused big problems for the attackers and the game was very uncertain. I am proud of my young and fast team that coped with a difficult game brilliantly.
Michael Apelgren
Head coach, IK Sävehof
240213 ELM Review 2 Main Quote Fleha
We really appreciate that we got 10 goals ahead from here, also because we expect a very tight group. And therefore, the result was important. The good start in the next group phase here was important.
Nicolej Krickau
Head coach, SG Flensburg-Handewitt
240213 ELM Review 2 Main Quote Bjerringbro
Of course, it was special emotions coming back to this arena where I had so many great memories. The game was not quite what we hoped for, but in the end, it was our own mistakes that led to the deficit. We didn't live up to the standards that we want to present ourselves with.
Rasmus Lauge
Left back, Bjerringbro-Silkeborg
240213 ELM Review 2 Main Quote Sporting
It was a game between two teams of Champions League level, with various top-level players and an amazing show. We made an amazing game and that was the only way we could win against an opponent like this.
Ricardo Costa
Head coach, Sporting CP
240213 ELM Review 2 Main Quote Dinamo
It was a very even game. Both teams could have won, but this time it was Sporting CP. The fans? Well, it's obvious that playing a game in this kind of environment was very important for Sporting CP. But I'm sure that in the match in Romania it will be the same.
Xavi Pascual
Head coach, Dinamo Bucuresti

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