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Magic night for macedonian handball players


Macedonia - Switzerland 30:24 (17:9)

The Swiss team was weaker in all departments, while the Macedonians punished every mistake of their opponents by easy goals. The host's defence stood like a wall, allowing Switzerland only nine goals in the first half. When the Macedonian express was in full swing, they were unstoppable and had decided the one-sided encounter already at half-time, with the score being 17:9. Macedonia scored from all positions, while the Swiss defence lacked the skills to stop them. Though they clearly slowed down in the second half, the Macedonians were even more dominant – and kept the distance close to double-figures most of the time, even as coach Zvonko Shundovski gave playing time to his youngsters to save the energy of the key players. Despite an improvement in defence, the Swiss team still had enormous problems in hitting the net against the highly movable Macedonian defence until the final eight minutes, when they were able to score a series of goals to reduce the final result to 24:30. Top scorers were Stojanche Stoilov and Kiril Lazarov(MKD) and David Graubner (SUI) with five goals.