During the first day of the EBT Masters finals Detono Zagreb achieved two victories and go with maximal 4 points to the second part of preliminary round.
Ekaterinodar (RUS) – Detono Zagreb (CRO) 1:2 (22:18, 15:16, 6:7)
Detono Zagreb won their first match on the tournament with the vitory over Ekaterinodar from Russia. Beach handball „el classico“, the clash among two teams which we used to watch in the final matches of this competition over the last years, this time also showed interesting game andÂ thrilling finish. Russian team opened the match better, especially because of great savings by Valikan. Until the end of the set they kept the difference they had made and easily won the first period. Detonators woke up in the second set, started to play more agressive in defence and had +6 three minutes before the end (14:8). Eventhough Russian team had lowered their minus, Bura scored two goals and secured shootout for Detono, where David Henigman played the main role by his saves when Prokhorov and Svestula had shoots. That way Detono Zagreb catched the first two points on the tournament.
Detono Zagreb (CRO) – Munster (GER) 2:0 (15:13, 23:14)
In the second match of the day Detonators played against German team from Munster. Due to the fact that Munster already had two victories in the group (against Italian and Hungarian teams), Croatian representatives entered the match with maximal contcentration and strong defence. That prevented German specialist Jacobi for playing his role and giving balls to Ikenmeyer (pivot) and Schwarz (wing). On the other side, Detonator's specialist Sošić played his game, what enabled organized attack and enhanced the advantage. The same situation was in the second period. In the end, two new points were added and Detono secured the first place in the group after the first day.
„The first day is behind us and it finished as we had planned. Everything we made as a plan after the video analysis we tried to do on the court and, mainly, it was successful. We have to stay focused on our main goal which is the title of the best European team - the seventh one. We will play tomorrow against Cus Casino and Salgotarjan and we need one win for semifinals. I hope we will secure that“ said Josip Leko, defender of Detono Zagreb.