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Al-Sadd Confirm Semifinal Berth in IHF Super Globe

Doha, August 29 (QNA) – Al Sadd vs. Atletico Madrid (Spain) and THW Kiel (Germany) vs. Zamalek (Egypt) are the semifinal fixtures of the 2012 edition of the IHF Super Globe in Doha,  which will be played on Friday. Mathematically the Qataris could have missed their berth for the round of the top 4 teams, but the hosts confirmed their spot by a clear victory in their final preliminary round match against Sydney. But as in their opener against Mudhar the Aussies fought bravely until the end though they knew that they will finish last in group B with zero points on their account.
Their opponent in their first placement round match will be decided in the final preliminary match of group A between Al-Jaish (Qatar) and Metodista (Brazil). (QNA)

Host Al-Sadd Bronze Medalist After Clear Victory

Doha, September 01 (QNA) – Less than 24 hours after unluckily losing their semifinal against Madrid, Al-Sadd had recovered perfectly. Thanks to their clear victory against Zamalek they reached a podium place. Like in 2011, the African champions from Egypt missed the medals close, finishing fourth again.
Bronze final: Al-Sadd (QAT)   Al-Zamalek (EGY) 32:26 (16:11)
Seven goals of Mustafa Krad and nine strikes of overall tournament top scorer Dragan Gajic were the keys to a well-deserved bronze final victory for Al-Sadd, winning a prize money of 150.000 US Dollar. Aside goalkeeper Primoz Prost again was the tower of power with overall 17 saves. Even ten goals of Ahmed Mostafa were not enough for Zamalek to reach the podium.
Aside Issem Tej, who was suspended for four IHF club competitions matches after his red card against Madrid, Al-Sadd did not use their “mastermind” Nikola Karabatic. In defence the IHF Super Globe host tried to stop Zamalek top star Hussein Zaky with an early man-to-man defence. A measure that initially fit as Al-Sadd got way to 8:5. The Egyptians fought hard to level the game, but the host’s defence including strong goalkeeper Primoz Prost stood stronger and intercepted many balls to start their counter-attacks. And if they could not score by fast-breaks, they counted on the shots of William Accambray and later-on Krad. Even a goalkeeper change to superb Mahmoud Ibrahim did not stop the downswing of Zamalek, which were trailed by five goals at the break.
In the second half first the goals of Dragan Gajic kept the distance by constant four or five goals, before a double-strike of Mustafa Krad pre-decided the game at 24:17 in minute 41.And Krad even extended the gap to nine goals at 30:21, then Al-Sadd decelerated and allowed the Egyptians to get a better final result.
Patrice Canayer, coach Al Sadd: Our strong defence with different tactics was the key to win the third place. We had to focus on defence, as we missed two strong attack players like Tej and Karabatic. In my opinion it was a successful experience to join the Qatar players and the Montpellier players. The local players really improved and it was my aim to create a harmony in the whole squad. In the future I would like to help to develop handball in Qatar.
Wissem Hmam, player Al-Sadd: I agree with our coach that defence and our goalkeeper Primoz Prost were the keys to success. It was a good match and we are happy to finish third.
Aslah Abdelhamied, assistant coach Zamalek: It was a real tough match against a very strong opponent. We had a good preparation, but our player were out of form, especially in attack, but also in defence we lacked concentration against a very good team with lots of professional players. We did not play any official match in the last 18 months due to the situation in Egypt. So we could not participate in any match inside or outside Egypt. So the fourth place is a big achievement for us, compared to the opponents we had to face. We don t know what will be the plan for the next season, we don t know how it works. In two months we play the African club championship, we don t know how we should pay our players.
Hesham Sanad, player Zamalek: We were less concentrated than before, this lack of concentration in the end of the match the key to lose this match.(END)

IHF Super Globe: Al-Sadd Beat Saudi Mudhar 34:31

Doha, August 28 (QNA) -IHF Super Globe host Al-Sadd was the lucky winner of the highly decisive  – and trilling high-class match against Mudhar in group B.  Both teams have two points on their account now. While Al-Sadd have the easier task in their final preliminary round match against Sydney, Mudhar have to face defending champions THW Kiel (4 points).
The second match was the complete contrary for host Al-Sadd: On Monday against THW Kiel they had dominated the first half clearly and led 16:9, against Mudhar- vociferous and loudly boosted by a huge number of orange dressed spectators – they were trailed with seven goals after only 16 minutes. The Saudis played a brilliant opening period, hit the net from all positions, especially by their tall backcourt shooters, and caused a state of shock for Al-Sadd. Even an early time-out of coach Patrice Canayer did not stop the downswing of the favoured hosts, who had strengthened their team with player from French top club Montpellier HB.
But after the 4:11 Al-Sadd found back on a regular way of playing. Despite a still strong-standing Mudhar defence and goalkeepers, the Qataris reduced the gap constantly, building on the again great saves of their goalkeeper Primoz Prost and the fast-break goals of Dragan Gajic.
With an 11:6 series until the halftime Al-Sadd reduced to 15:17, equalizing at 17:17. But who thought the winner s way would have been paved already by the Qataris, was wrong. Mudhar still kept up, before a double strike of Nikola Karabatic gave the first lead to Al-Sadd 19:18.
But until the 26:26 the game was absolute tight before the Super Globe host became intermediately more dominant, increasing the gap thanks to their physical advantages and the fact that the Saudis were running out of “petrol”, to three goals at 30:27. But still nothing was decided: As Mudhar changed their defence tactics to a nearly man-against-man-style, Al-Sadd caused mistakes in attack, allowing counter-attacks to the Asian champions, who were back on track at 32:31 three minutes before the end of a high class match.(QNA)