IK Sävehof (SWE) vs Metz Handball (FRA) 32:30 (15:19)
Swedish champions Sävehof produced a magnificent second-half comeback to celebrate their first Champions League group stage win of the season after right back Ida Oden came up with a masterclass individual performance to sink French title holders Metz Handball.
The win puts Sävehof in a good position to challenge for a top-two spots in a tough group including Germany’s Leipzig and Slovenian giant Krim Mercator, who met in an eagerly awaited clash on Sunday.
Metz was dominating the first half and managed to finish the half fit five goals lead, thanks to Paule Baudouin that scored four times and Jurswailly Luciano and Grace Zaadi Deuna that netted three goals for the visitors.
Ida Oden and Jamina Roberts led the home team with four and three goals respectively, but the good attack was cancelled out by the weak defending. Sävehof played good in the first half thanks to the great goalkeeping of Filippa Idehn, the strong defense, and the quickly scored goals of Hanna Fogelstrom and Roberts, managed to lead the home team 23-22 after the deficit of 5 goals in the 40th minute.
The magnificent Oden continued to play excellent, and 12 minutes until the end of the match brought a new lead for the home team 26-25. Metz was lagging behind , and forced their coach to call a time-out, but it did little to contain the unstoppable Oden who scored her 10th goal to fire the home team 28:26 ahead.
The battle continued but there was to be no final twist as Oden converted another penalty and right wing Linn Blohm scored a goal giving to her team an unassailable 32:29 lead.
HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO) vs Balonmano Bera Bera (ESP) 29:18 (14:7)
HC Podravka Vegeta after the last weekend`s drubbing by Larvik menage to defeat the team of Balonmano Bera Bera with 29-18. After the equalized beginning the team of HC Podravka Vegeta, thanks to the middle back Tina Gavranic that scored and assisted, managed to make 4-0 run, and put Podravka in lead with 7-3 in the middle of the first half. Eli Pinedo was the player that kept the team of Balonmano Bera Bera in the game, scoring her team`s first 3 goals, but the visitors did not have the strength to keep up with the good game of the opponents. Thanks to the left back Jelena Zivkovic that scored her 4th goal Podravka had a 10-6 lead in the 24th minute. The goalkeeper of Podravka Mirjana Milenkovic was also amazing stopping a penalty shot to rack up her eighth save at the other end.
The unstoppable Zivkovic scored her seventh goal from 10 attempts to make the score 19:11 early in the second half and Ekaterina Nemaskalo converted a fast break to force a Balonmano timeout. But it only galvanised the home team, who scored another four goals without reply and put the game beyond the Spanish side.
The impressive Zivkovic scored 9 goals out of 12, and Andrea Covic with her 5th goal increased the result in 27-14 in the 50th minute.
The home team went through the motions in the closing stages but the excellent Milenkovic nevertheless pulled off several superb saves, although she injured her elbow two minutes from time after diving to her right to prevent a corner.
PODRAVKA VEGETA: Jukić (-+0), Kapitanović (0+0), Milenković (19+1); Čović 5, Gavranić 2, Pongrac, Šenvald, Havić 1, Živković 9(1), Vukojević, Nemaškalo 3, Milanović Litre 4, Dragišić 1, Vidak, Trifunović 4(3), Poljak.Coach:Goran Mrđen
Balonmano BERA BERA: Temprano (8+1), Acuna; Arrojeria, Arizaga, Menendez 3, Dunaj 1, Elorza 1, Etxeberria, Pinedo 8(2), Ziarsolo 4(2), Cardoso 1, Martinez, Nunez, Ederra.Coach:Imanol Alvarez