CROATIA ZAGREB – PARTIZAN 25–24 (pen.)

Croatia Zagreb beat Partizan on penalties and earned the right to defend the trophy they won last year. The Croats will now face Israel in the final. Croatia looked like they would have an easy task when they went up 5-0, but Partisan bounced back and had a great chance to win the game being 21-20 in front with eleven seconds still on the clock. Four seconds before the end Jakov Neralic found the net with a fierce shot from the left denying Partizan a great victory. Croatia’s Leon Klaric was the first to miss a 7m shot, but all his teammates scored while Serbia was denied twice with Lukas Pandza stopping Aleksa Guduric and Mislav Turcic saving Pavle Cvijetic’s shot.

QUOTES

Tintor Ivan (Croatia Zagreb Player): “Congratulations to both teams. It was a very entertaining game. Winning on penalties always requires luck. I cannot make predictions about the final. Surely we want to win the trophy.”

CROATIA ZAGREB – PARTIZAN 25–24 (pen.)

4-0, 7-4, 10-7, 12-11 (Half-time) 12-15, 15-16, 19-19, 21-21

Zagreb (Nino Markovic): Grdovic, Sres, Jutrisa 1, Goluza, Konrad, Budimir, Strkocic, Neralic 7, Breges, Dendo 1, Puric, Trninic 3, Tintor 2, Klaric 1, Leskovec 6, Pandza, Turcic.

Partizan (Zivan Vukovic): Aleksic, Ristic, Vujicic 9, Majstorovic, Latinovic, Bacanovic 6, Marin, Jesic, Stojanovic, Guduric 1, Petrovic, Cvijetic 2, Isakovic, Denic 2, Simic, Dordevic, Kosavac

Suspensions: 3 – 1 Team penalties: 2/3 – 4/7

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