Niko Kovac was unimpressed with Bayern Munich’s lack of energy despite the Bundesliga champions thumping Mainz 6-1.Jean-Paul Boetius silenced the Allianz Arena on Saturday with the opening goal in the sixth minute.New arrivals Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic were handed their first starts and the Croatia international set up Benjamin Pavard for the equaliser half an hour after Mainz’s opener.David Alaba’s stunner put Bayern in front, then Perisic scored a header before Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and substitute Alphonso Davies secured an ultimately emphatic victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Kovac, though, was criticial of Bayern’s start despite collecting a first home win of the season after being held by Hertha Berlin in their opener.”We were too lethargic until the first cooling break,” Kovac told Bayern’s official club website.”We didn’t find a reply to Mainz’s aggression, we thought it would be easy. Then our passing was quicker, we lured our opponents into the centre and had good moves on the wings.”David Alaba’s goal before the break was crucial. It was over when we scored our fourth goal. We go into the two-week international break happy.”Alaba’s brilliant free-kick proved a key moment in the game and the Austria international agreed with Kovac’s assessment of the game.”We struggled to get into the game in the first 20 minutes; we weren’t aggressive enough, we weren’t quick enough,” Alaba added.”We also made a few mistakes, it’s difficult then. Mainz did a very good job. We got a grip after the first cooling break.”I’m proud to be part of this team. Everyone hits the gas in training, you can see everyone loves football. And when we put it into practice as a unit at the weekend it’s great of course.”The international break offers a chance for Mainz to regroup, with Sandro Schwarz’s side bottom of the table having conceded 12 goals in three games, scoring only twice.”There’s no point lamenting and creating unrest, not for us, not for the club,” said Mainz defender Alexander Hack. “We must keep going, we now have two weeks to question things and to work.”
5. HC Meshkov Brest6204159:164(-5)4 3. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …6303136:139(-3)6 PPD Zagreb celebrate their third win in EHF CL campaign which put Croatian best team closer to the TOP 16 spot in Group A. Team of Veselin Vujović showed more in 60 minutes of the tough battle against Meshkov Brest 25:23 (11:8) and deserved to take points at the end. Home team were on +6 ten minutes to go (21:15), but Belarrusian side led by outstanding Rastko Stojković (9 goals) managed interesting finish until the last seconds in which Zlatko Horvat scored from 7 meter for – 25:23.PPD ZAGREB – MESHKOV BREST 25:23 (11:8) PPD: Ivić 3 saves, Stevanović 8 saves, Mihić 3/5, Brozović 2/4, Stepančić 2/3, Vuglač 3/5, Šušnja 1/2, J. Valčić 1/2, Horvat 6(2)/6, Raković 1/2, Obranović 4/6, Šprem 1/2 MESHKOV: Pešić 13 saves, Manojlović 5/9, Nikulenka 0/3, Stojković 9(5)/10), Razgor 2/3, Špiler 0/2, Šilović 3/4, Božović 0/3, Rutenka 4/5 RESULTS: 1:2 (5.) 3:3 (11.) 5:3 (15.) 6:4 (17.) 6:7 (20.) 7:8 (22.) 11:8 (30.) 14:9 (36.) 14:11 (40.) 16:13 (45.) 18:15 (47.) 21:15 (50.) 22:20 (55.) 23:22 (59.) Man of the Match: Rastko Stojković (Meshkov) Match to forget: Josip Valčić (PPD Zagreb) / David Špiler (Meshkov)Fighting spirit was too high at the start of the encounter in Zagreb Arena, which was calculated in great number of hard tackles and two minutes suspensions. Zagreb’s defense was dominant, which provided a few chances for easy goals from counter-attacks. Meshkov’s back line had poor first half expect Nikola Manojlović, which play „2 on 2“ with Rastko Stojković on the line, was the biggest problem for home team.Meshkov Brest coach Zeljko Babic had to take a break after 14 minutes, in the moment when his team was two goals down – 5:3. Effects was visible in short period of time, with few saves of Ivan Pešić and 3:0 series by Manojlović – Stojković for turnover – 6:7 in 20th minute.The last advantage Meshkov had two minutes later 8:7, when began 13 minutes long „goalless“ period. Zagreb finished the first half with three goals of the captain Zlatko Horvat – 11:8.After only 100 seconds in the second half, Croatian champions were on +5 – 13:8, with the first goal of Luka Šebetić, the third right back which was used by Veselin Vujović. Meshkov got some other players on the level necessary for the serious resistance on today’s match during the middle of the second half when right back Shylovic and right wing Rutenka began to score goals and make attack more versatile.However, Zagreb’s left back Sandro Obranović took a role of „punisher“ with three-four powerful goals from 9 meters, which put hist team six goals ahead of the rival – 21:15, with only 10 minutes to go.Meshkov began to play like they have nothing to lose. Rastko Stojković tied up a few goals in series, and Belarussian outfit came on -1 only 90 seconds until the end. After goals of Obranović and Rutenka from both sided, Zagreb managed to save the ball in the last 30 seconds of the match and score just before final whistle for – 25:23.Results:RK Metalurg – La Rioja 29:28THW Kiel – PSG 33:29STANDINGS: 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…6402169:157(12)8 6. HC Metalurg6105146:175(-29)2 3. Naturhouse La Rioja6303177:174(3)6 1. THW Kiel6501186:164(22)10 ← Previous Story Vive Tauron Kielce “6 of 6” after double win over Aalborg Next Story → Lions like cuddly cats on Balkans – Celje beat RNL!