GOG take Match of the Week; Porto and Aalborg also stay unbeaten
The first day of Round 2 of the Machineseeker EHF Champions League offered us amazing thrillers tonight. And, at the end of them, three teams are now on four points while the three others will have to wait at least until next week to open up their record.
In the Match of the Week, GOG put their feet to the pedal in the last quarter to overcome Plock’s resistance. In the meantime, Porto pulled out one of the craziest comebacks in recent times. Celje led by eight with 20 minutes to play, but the Portuguese side turned things around to win by one in Slovenia (30:29).
In the last game of the evening, Aalborg pulled out a confident performance to take two more points by beating Pelister on home court.
We were playing against a better team today and a lot of more experienced players. We are still a new young team and still trying to find our way of playing. We made too many technical mistakes after 15 minutes and at this level it will just get punished.
We played a dream match for the first 45 minutes. None of us knows and cannot understand what happened. We can pretend to be victims, but that won't help us. We will definitely not sleep today, this defeat hurts a lot. We could already have 2 victories in the Champions League, but we are at zero.
The key to victory for our rival was the brilliantly disposed Morten Olsen, whom we could not stop, especially in the 2nd half. We were fighting 6o minutes long, but at the end GOG was better and won the game. Now we focus on continuing to work and improving what was wrong. After losing points in a home meeting, we will have to try to regain them somewhere away.