ROUND REVIEW: Big wins send IBV Vestmannaeyjar and A. E. K. Athens to Men's Challenge Cup semi-final.
69 goals as Vestmannaeyjar clinch semi-final berth
Two double-digits wins characterised the second leg of the Men's Challenge Cup quarter-finals, as the four semi-finalists were found over the last days of Easter.
IBV Vestmannaeyjar already had a clear edge against SKIF Krasnodar after winning the first match in Russia 25:23.
And the Icelandic team left no doubt in the return match on home court.
After a relatively modest 19:15 lead at half-time, the home team outran their opponents in the second half and won as big as 41:28.
Line player and Iceland international Kari Kristjan Kristjansson scored nine goals for Vestmannaeyjar, the same as left wing Sergej Nikolaenkov for Krasnodar.
A.E.K. had won the game 32:25, but they never found need for this seven-goal lead in the second leg.
Already at half time, A. E. K. were leading by seven goals, 15:8, and at the end, the Greek team could book a win twice as big as the victory in the home game, as the scoreboard said 32:18 for the visitors on the final buzzer.
The eight goals he scored for his team, Dynamo-Victor in the return game against AM Madeira Andebol SAD turned out to be his last in the competition, as Dynamo were sent out.
After a 27:27 at home, the Russian side was under pressure before going to Madeira, and that pressure turned out to be too much for them.
After a narrow 13:11 lead at half time, the Portuguese home team went on to take a clear 28:21 and book the ticket for the semi-final.
While both Russian representatives are not out of the tournament, Madeira and A.E.K. can now prepare for their internal meeting in the semi-final later this month.
Being five goals up against Fyllingen Bergen after a 29:24 win at home in the first game, the Romanian team could easily live with the 32:30 defeat, they suffered in Norway Ester Monday.
A number of four-goal leads in the second half was the closest, Fyllingen got to turning the tables in Framohallen in Bergen, where the home team also got the better start and a 4:1 lead.
Turda soon caught up, though, and were leading by four goals several times, until it was Fyllingen's turn to lead by two 14:12, at half-time.
After only one goal separating the teams for the first part of the second half, Fyllingen got four goals ahead on four occasions, the last one at 31:27 with three minutes left, but the visitors managed to keep the difference down to two goals at the end.
Turda will be up against Vestmannaeyjar in the semi-final.
TEXT: Peter Brunn / bc
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