Georgia enjoy dream start to home Emerging Nations

08 Jun. 2019

Georgia enjoy dream start to home Emerging Nations

The hosts of the 3rd IHF Emerging Nations Championship could not have had a better start to the event. In front of a vocal crowd of supporters in Tbilisi Sport Palace, Georgia defeated Nigeria clearly and collected their first set of two points towards the Group B ranking.

Nigeria vs Georgia 14:27 (6:14)

Georgia’s victory was never in doubt once their opening match at their home Emerging Nations Championship began on Saturday evening. The tournament hosts pulled ahead to lead 3:0 after five minutes, and their advantage did not once drop below that three-goal score line.

Nigeria made some unforced errors against Georgia’s solid defence, which was supported by a strong game from captain and goalkeeper Shota Tevzadze. To the delight of the supporters in Tbilisi Sport Palace, Tevzadze made 10 saves at 47% before leaving the court for his replacement Zurab Tsintsadze to come into goal.

The points were secure long before the buzzer sounded. With an eight-goal lead at the break, Georgia were quite comfortable when they left the court for half-time. Nigeria pushed hard but were simply outplayed by the hosts, who were technically stronger. With 15 minutes remaining, the distance stood at 18:10 for Georgia, and by the final whistle, the hosts had hit a 13-goal lead.

Players of the match:
Nigeria: Oladunjoye Adamolugbe
Georgia: Irakli Kbilashvili