Jysk Arena in Silkeborg. Referees: Jaap Klompers and Koen Stobbe from the Netherlands. Delegate: Kristijan Halldorsson

BJERRINGBRO SILKEBORG: Lovqvist (17 saves 1 seven) Hallback 6, Ilsoe, Boldsen 6, Oris 6, Lauge, Lynggaard 1, Friden 4, Toft Hansen, Bogojevic 4, Balling 4, Vibe, Bjerring, Solstad 4, Knudsen, Sand

Seven-meter throws: 2/2 Suspensions: 6 min.

HC ALKALOID: Trajkoski (5 saves), Galevski (4 saves), Djonov 4, Markoski 1, Serafimov 4, Stojchevikj, Stojkovic 3, M. Mitev 9, Gjorgiev 2, Velkovski 2, Omeragikj, Bingo 4, Kofiloski, D. Mitev, Savrevski 2

Seven-meter throws: 3/4 Suspensions: 6 min.

HC Alkaloid played its fourth match in the EHF European League. This evening, playing as visitors in Silkeborg, our team engaged in a closely contested match against the Danish team on their home court. However, a challenging period at the start of the second half took a course in favor of the opponent, which ultimately secured the points with a score of 35-31.

The home team, propelled by their goalkeeper who made 10 successful saves in the opening 15 minutes, capitalized on our squad’s missed opportunities early in the match, establishing a 7-3 lead.

Nevertheless, we managed to get back into the game, employing patient defensive play and constant pressure, transitioning to their defensive line.

We narrowed the deficit to 8-9, subsequently reaching a tie at 13-13, 15-15, and 16-16, before heading into halftime with the hosts leading 17-16.

The beginning of the second half proved detrimental to our team, altering the course of the game. In the initial eight minutes, our poor execution, coupled with technical errors, resulted in us failing to score any goals and conceding five, which enabled Silkeborg to establish a six-goal lead (22-16).

Then followed an extended period of staging a comeback.

Our team showed character by pressing on and refusing to accept the negative outcome. We narrowed the deficit to three goals, creating an opportunity to make the match more dramatic. The home team, however, halted their decline in the offensive by employing a “7 on 6” tactic in one period, managing to stay in control until the conclusion of the match.