08/28/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/28/2017 07:21
The final day of competition at the 2017 IHF Super Globe began with the first victory for debutants Naft-O-Gas-Gachsaran, who defeated Sydney Uni Handball Club by three goals to rank seventh.
Still to come, Esporte Clube Pinheiros and Esperance Sportive de Tunisie play for fifth, before HC Vardar and Al Sadd contest the bronze medal and Fuchse Berlin look to defend their title against FC Barcelona Lassa.
Sydney Uni Handball Club (AUS) vs Naft-O-Gas-Gachsaran (IRI) 24:27 (12:13)
At their first ever IHF Super Globe, Naft-O-Gas-Gachsaran claimed seventh place after a solid performance against the six-time Oceania champions. Sydney Uni Handball Club were forced to settle for eighth once again, though they came close to finishing with a victory that would have meant their second-best result after they placed fourth in 2015.
The match was level through the opening minutes, with the Australian side just holding the edge. A suspension for Pierre Bonnin in the 10th minute when Sydney led 4:3 enabled Gachsaran to take the lead, and by the time the Australian team were back at full strength the advantage had switched hands - and it did not return to Sydney's again.
Following the level 6:6 at the end of the first quarter, Gachsaran remained steadily in front with the distance changing from equal to two goals until the last five minutes of the first half. The Asian team maintained control courtesy of an excellent performance from their goalkeeper Ali Rahimikazerooni, who saved at 45% in the first 30 minutes and finished with 43% overall.
At half-time the score line stood at only one goal and Sydney Uni had every chance to come back. They levelled in the first minute of the second period off a goal from Luka Krajnc, before Gachsaran reopened the gap and did not relinquish control. A 3:0 run for Gachsaran - with all three goals from top scorer Mohammad Gahsemi (10 goals) - from the 42nd to 46th minute decided the match as the Asian team pulled in front to 22:17.
Sydney fought back to a closer score line but could not draw level, and at the final whistle Gachsaran recorded a three-goal win.