Victory for Thüringer HC for the main round
Thüringer HC (GER) vs Hypo Niederösterreich (AUT) 34:25 (17:11)
Thüringer HC needed a win of 8 goals difference to qualify in the main round. The mission is accomplished in german style. Hypo Niederösterreich is defeated with 34:25, the second position of the table is secured, and the place in the main round.
In front of 2.208 spectators the match started with an equalised game, after that the German team started to play impressive leading with 4 goals, and the half ended with 6 goals difference.
In the second half Thüringer HC increased the lead that came to 9 goals difference for total enjoyment of their fans. Hypo tried an extremely aggressive defence, and it helped them at first, as they managed to reduce the defitcit to five goals. It did not take the Thüringer ladies and their tactically clever coach Herbert Müller long to find solutions to that problem though, and soon the nine goal lead was reestablished and even increased to ten shortly before the end.
I would like to thank each and every spectator who was here today – the hall was really a handball hell, Thüringer coach Herbert Müller told his club’s website after the historic win.
I am impressed by the way we won the match today. The resolution in the attack was unbelievable, Müller added.
Arena: Salza-Halle, Bad Langensalza
Thüringer HC: Wohlbold 8, Frey 7, Engel 6, Cabral Barbosa 5, Nadgornaja 3, Luzumova 2, Mietzner 2, Snelder 1, Althaus, Gros, Jakubisova, Krause, März, Smeets
Hypo Niederösterreich: Do Nascimento 8, Rodrigues 4, Franca da Silva 3, Gomes da Rocha 3, Acimovic 2, Carvalho Carneiro Diniz 2, Cavaleiro Fachinello 2, Spiridon 1, Arenhart, Hajgato, Kaiser, Mauler, Müller, Rotis-Nagy, Sanko
Referees: Alexandra Laurell (SWE) and Natasha Engberg (SWE)
Bjarne Munk Jensen (DEN)
Buducnost won FTC Rail-Cargo Hungaria for the main round
Buducnost (MNE) vs FTC Rail-Cargo Hungaria (HUN) 29:21 (15:14)
With the victory of 29:21 against FTC Rail-Cargo Hungaria Buducnost booked a ticket for the main round.
The 5,000 spectators saw the match start in an equal way with changing leads, and absolutely nothing was decided at half-time with the home team one goal up.
The second half followed the same pattern a long way, but when Buducnost got the first three goal lead in the match, as 20:17 with 18 minutes left, it was already an indication of the way the game was going. The visitors reduced to 20:19, but that was as close as they got, before the Montenegrin outfit really began to create a distance. Actually, FTC did not manage to score a single goal in the last ten minutes, and Buducnost benefitted from that to go from 23:21 to the final score 29:21.
Part of the reason was an increasing number of saves from Marta Zderic who replaced Clara Woltering in the Buducnost goal in the middle of the first half. As the second half progressed, she was virtually impossible to get the ball past, and she had a particularly good grip on Zsuzsanna Tomori, who had been FTC´s dominating shooter in the first half with five goals. The Hungarian right back only hit once in the last 30 minutes.
Buducnost: Dalby 6, Knezevic 6, Petrovic 5, Mehmedovic 3, Neagu 3, Cvijic 2, Gjeorgjievska 2, Byzdra 1, Pavicevic 1, Despotovic, Jezic, Lazovic, Nikitina, Vukicevic, Woltering, Zderic
FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria: Tomori 6, Zacsik 4, Steinbach 3, Szucsanszki 3, Pena Abaurrea 2, Szarka 2, Kovacsicz 1, Abramovich, Cifra, Meszaros, Such, Szamoransky, Szekerczes, Szikoral, Verten
REFEREES: Bogdan Nicolae Stark (ROU) Romeo Mihai Stefan (ROU)
EHF-DELEGATE: George Bebetsos (GRE)
Vardar Express went through Larvik
Larvik (NOR) vs WHC Vardar SCBT (MKD) 29:31 (15:15)
In a game that directly decided who will be on the top of the Group D, Vardar defeatd Larvik in Norway and enetered in the main round securing the 1 place in the Group.
After the 27:27 in Skopje in their first meeting, the winner in the Arena Larvik Saturday night would simply also be the group winner, while away goals would decide in case of another draw.
After an equal first half with changing one goal leads, which also ended even, Vardar got the far better start to the second half, and within the first eight minutes they changed the half time score of 15:15 into a 21:16 lead.
This turned out to decide the match. Vardar had a better grip on Larvik’s line player Isabel Blanco, than they had in the first half, and that handicapped the Norwegian attacking play.
At the other end of the court, the Macedonian powerhouse were able to benefit from an often rather passive Larvik defence which only got more aggressive again from the middle of the second but at that point the visitors were still leading by five goals, and it was too late for the hosts to turn the course of the game.
For the rest of the match Vardar were able to keep their opponents between two and four goals behind them, and their win was never in danger.
We need more players who function and who stand out in a match like this. It was a good handball team we met, but although our second place will make our road to the semi-final tougher, we may still succeed. We will have to play better handball, though, Larvik coach Ole Gustav Gjekstad told Norwegian TV2 after his team’s defeat.
Larvik: Mörk 6, Blanco 5, Breivang 5, Hammerseng-Edin 3, Koren Riegelhuth 3, Sulland 3, Kristiansen 2, Hammerseng-Edin 1, Mörk 1, Hasanic, Kristiansen, Loke, Lund, Rantala, Stange
WHC Vardar SCBT: Radicevic 7, Khmyrova 6, Dembele 5, Crvenkoska 3, Klikovac 3, Lekic 3, Nikolic 3, Djokic 1, Dimitrovic, Fernandez Molinos, Kostiukova, Leynaud, Lojpur, Shteriova, Suslina, Zebic
Referees: Péter Horváth (HUN) Balázs Marton (HUN)
EHF-DELEGATE:Berndt Dugall (GER)
Györi Audi ETO (HUN) vs HCM Baia Mare (ROU) 28:26 (14:14)
RK Krim Mercator (SLO) vs HC Leipzig (GER) 32:20 (15:8)
FC Midtjylland (DEN) vs MKS Selgros Lublin (POL) 37:26 (20:13)
Metz Handball (FRA) vs IK Sävehof (SWE) 30:20 (20:10)
Balonmano Bera Bera (ESP) vs HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO) 28:19 (11:11)