No way back for Pfadi

Pfadi Winterthur have failed in their bid to become the first Swiss winners of a European handball trophy after losing the second leg of the Challenge Cup final to Jugovic Kac of Yugoslavia.

This content was published on April 29, 2001 - 01:42

Pfadi were expected to face a tough challenge after managing only a draw in last week's home leg. But in front of 3,000 fanatical Kac supporters, the Swiss side made a good start and even held a one point lead as late as the 45th minute.

A terrific performance from goalie Rolf Dobler suggested an upset might have been possible, with the Basel-born player keeping out at least 18 well-thrown shots. But Kac finally broke through the Swiss defences with a blistering onslaught of five goals in as many minutes.

The 26-22 final scoreline gave Kac a 53-49 overall win and saw the Yugoslav side pick up the Challenge Cup in their very first year in the competition.

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