PARTIZAN – NOVI BEOGRAD 15-23 (11-12)
Novi Beograd became the first team to clinch a place at VRILITTOS 2016 semi-final stage by beating fellow compatriots Partizan 23-15 and thus the defending champions qualified for a third time (second successive) in the final-four of the tournament.
Partizan’s opposition was stiff in the first half, allowing Novi to be a mere one goal ahead. Novi’s rock solid defence in the second half, which allowed only four goals to Partizan guided the defending champions to an easy win.
Zinan Vukovic (Assistant coach – Partizan): “Luck was not on our side today. Novi deserved to win and I wish them to win their semi-final as well.”
Aleksandar Marcovic (Coach – Novi Beograd): “It was a very tough and tense game, but in end all went well for us. I hope we will reach the final.”
Timeline (5 min): 3-2, 4-4, 8-7, 11-12 (halftime), 13-15, 13-19, 13-20, 15-23
PARTIZAN (Zinan Vukovic): Djordjevic,Kosovac, Aleksic 1, Stojanovic 2, Bacanovic2, Vujicic 1, Gacic S., Gacic F., Guduric 2,Isakovic 1, Jesic 1, Latinovic, Mijailovic,Petovic, Ristic 4, Denic 1.
NOVI BEOGRAD (Aleksandar Marcovic):Zivanovic, Vasic, Milenkovic, Piskulic 4,Ranin, Radovanovic, Matijasevic, Babic,Mirkovic 2, Cosic, Cvijetic 12, Nesic 3,Jovanovic, Marin 2, Pavlovic, Lakic.
Referees: Ionut Cazan (ROM), Gesur Suliman (ROM). 2min: 3-3, 7m: 2/5-1/1