CROATIA ZAGREB – ISRAEL 2002 16–17
Israel emerged victorious at the VRILITTOS 2017 final game against holders and claimed their maiden trophy. The Israelis thus avenged for their 2014 loss to Croatia. The game was a close fight, but Israel was always in command holding a slender advantage which didn’t exceed a three-goal difference.
Mislav Turcic (Croatia Zagreb Coach): “It was a very tough game. Congratulations to Israel. They have a really strong team. We didn’t fight as hard as we could.”
Alex Brcovic (Israel Coach): “We were the better team today. I am so excited. Although these players have hardly trained together before they showed their potential and deserved to win. I would like to thank the organisers for providing us with the opportunity to be here. I trust they will invite us again next year.”
2-3, 4-6, 6-8, 8-8 (Half-time) 10-10, 12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Zagreb (Nino Markovic): Grdovic, Sres 4, Jutrisa, Goluza, Konrad, Budimir, Strkocic 2, Neralic, Breges, Dendo, Puric, Trninic 2, Tintor 1, Klaric 4, Leskovec 3, Pandza, Turcic.
lsrael 2002 (Alex Brcovic): HarelHalimi, Mordov, Cohen 2, Livgot 4, Gingold, Luzon 2, Horwitz, Rosenfeld, Ben, Shulman 1, Sharaby 1, Dahan, Maman 1, Levi 6, Weininger, Slabodar.
Suspensions: 1-2, Team penalties: 2/2 – 2/3