AEK suffer damaging defeat in first leg of Challenge Cup final
HANDBALL CHALLENGE CUP - FINAL (LEG 1)
|Potaissa Turda||33 - 22||AEK|
|(14 - 11)
(33 - 22)
AEK Athens’ hopes of winning the 2017/2018 EHF Challenge Cup took a huge knock on Monday, as the Kitrinomavri lost 22:33 in Romania to AHC Potaissa Turda in the final’s first leg.
Romanian outfit AHC Potaissa Turda, who suffered heartbreak when losing last year’s showpiece final, came out all guns blazing at their makeshift home ground in Cluj, blitzing AEK with a wonderful performance. AEK were only trailing by three at half-time, but the Athenians had no answer to Turda’s advances as the game rolled on, conceding 19 goals in a disastrous second half.
Forced to play in Cluj became of their stadium in Turda deemed too small for the final, AHC Potaissa still had the support of 2,500 passionate fans behind them, with the Romanians controlling proceedings and forcing AEK into committing a number of sloppy errors. Mihai Alexandru Asoltanei, Georgica Cintec and Radu Cristian Ghita all scored seven goals for the hosts, while Christodoulos Mylonas was the sole shining light for AEK, netting seven markers of his own.
Down by 11, AEK will host AHC Potaissa Turda at the Olympic Stadium on May 20, where the Enosis will attempt to pull off a minor miracle and overturn the deficit. The EHF Challenge Cup is a European third-tier competition for handball teams.