Vardar beats Rhein-Neckar in handball champions league


European and Macedonian champions Vardar remained unbeaten in this year's handball champions league after overpowering German champions Rhein-Neckar 30:26 in Skopje on Saturday.

Vardar took the lead from the beginning and never looked back. They held a four-goal lead at halftime (17:13) and maintained the advantage in the second half.

Vuko Borozan was Vardar's best player with seven goals, followed by Ivan Cupic with 6, while goalkeeper Arpad Sterbik had 10 saves. Rafael Baena was Rhein-Neckar's leading scorer with five goals.

Vardar tops the Group A standings with 15 points (8 matches), followed by Rhein-Neckar-11 (8), Barcelona-10 (7), Nantes-9 (7)...

Earlier in the day, Macedonia's other champions league representative Metalurg lost away to Besiktas 32:29 in Group D.

The third consecutive loss means that Metalurg is no longer in contention to advance to the elimination round. 

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