Macedonian handball champion Vardar again qualified for Champions League final after knocking out Spain’s Barcelona 29-27 in Kologne on Thursday evening. In Sunday’s final, the “red and black” team will play against Hungarian Veszprém.
Vardar made an incredible turn around in the match against Barcelona and won against a heavily favored Spanish champion (29:27) in the second semifinal of the Final Four tournament of the handball Champions League. Although the Macedonian champion was trailing by 7 in the second half, Roberto García Parrondo’s team did what many thought was mission impossible.
Although Barcelona had the lead up to the 40th minute of the match, Vardar stepped up their game and began to melt the negative to tie the score 26-26 in the 57th minute and complete their comeback.
With Karacic’s goal, only 100 seconds left until the end, it was Vardar’s first lead with 27-26, and after the mistake of the opponent, Kristopans scored again, bringing a two-goal lead for the Macedonian champion. Stoilov put the final mark on the match with 29-27 and Vardar sensationally made it to the final of the EHF Champions League.