Saldatsenka and Pukhouski push Belarus past Serbia

GROUP I REVIEW: Goalkeeper Viacheslau Saldatsenka had one of the best games from a goalkeeper in the EHF EURO 2018, helping Belarus win their last game in the competition, 32:27, against Serbia.

Courtesy of a combined effort of Pukhouski (above) and Saldatsenka Belarus finished their EHF EURO 2018 campaign on a high note. Photo: Jure Erzen.

The Belarusian side snapped a four-game losing streak in the competition, after their 37:27 win, finishing in the fifth place in the group, with two points.

It was all Belarus from start to finish, as Serbia lost their fifth game in six matches at the EHF EURO 2018.

The Serbian side could not compete two days ago against France and looked out of their depth also against Belarus.

They never took the lead, as Belarus had an impressive outing in the first half, with a 80% shot efficiency and an amazing goalkeeper in Viachaslau Saldatsenka, who had 14 saves and a 56% save percentage.

Therefore, it was no surprise that Belarus, inspired by an in-form Barys Pukhouski had a 16:11 lead at half-time.

It was more of the same in the second half, with Serbia failing to reduce the gap to less than two goals.

Pukhouski finished the game with nine goals, taking his tally to 98 goals in the EHF EURO, while Saldatsenka, the best player of the match, had 20 saves, as Belarus recorded their seventh ever win in the competition, 32:27.

written by Adrian Costeiu / br