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Macedonia close to Poland ticket


Switzerland - Macedonia 17:26 (8:15)

After the clear defeat of Czech Republic against France earlier on Wednesday, the Macedonians have now caught up with their rivals for the ticket to the EHF EURO as both teams, Macedonia and Czech Republic, have five points now. Hence everything is set for the "group final" on Sunday in Skopje when the two face for the ticket to Poland. The Macedonian team was able to count on the prowess of their top star Kiril Lazarov who took to the court despite a smaller injury.


Furthermore their defence stood like a wall at the beginning, allowing the Swiss players to score only three goals in the first 17 minutes, while the Macedonian attack was successful on eight occasions. At the half-time break Macedonia even led by seven goals. And the Macedonians did not slow down but powered through until the end. When they led 18:13, they scored a 6:2 series to bring the score to 24:15 - and eventually they also finished the game with a nine-goal gap. Best scorers for Switzerland, who remain on zero points in Group 6, were Dmitry Küttel and Andy Schmid with four goals each, while Lazarov scored with five penalty shots from six attempts.