Bahrain beats Serbia in the second game of the President’s Cup at the Boris Trajkovski Arena, 34:33 (20:14).
The Serbs seemed to lack the motivation to play in this match. They had big problems with the defensive line, and the goalkeepers didn’t work either (just three saves in the first half for Stosic and Jelic). In contrast, Bahrain had a great pace, used the opponent’s defensive problem and took advantage (3:1, 8:4, 14:9), to leave at half-time with 20:14.
In the second half Serbia tried to change the game. They switch defense from 6-0 to 5-1 and Cirovic stood on the goal. That brought more aggression in they’re game and made the match more interesting (22:19, 27:25, 31:31). Serbia even had a chance for complete turnaround but didn’t use it, and in the end they have to face another defeat.
JOHAN HALLDOR, HEAD COACH OF BAHREIN
“We were little disappointed after the group phase that we didn’t get to eight-finals but I tried to motivate my players that the President’s cup is a chance to fight for something and to have something that will push us further. We played good attack today, not so good in the defense, but winning is the most important.”
ALEKSANDAR RADOSAVLJEVIC, HEAD COACH OF SERBIA
“After the defeat from Portugal like the Championship is over for us. We have a lot of problems with motivation, I can’t recognize my players… This game was important to prove something… We were better in the second half, had our chances, but small deconcentration and the match was over.