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Clash of Titans – Györ took the first two points

Clash of Titans – Györ took the first two points

On Saturday May 5th, Arena Veszprem became white and green to give home for about five thousand people, fans and spectators, and more than one hundred and fifty media representatives watching the final of the Champions League.

Both on court and at the spectators area there was a really big fight where the two best teams of this years Champions League met for the first time in the last three years.

It is also wellknown that the fans of Győr and Buducnost are able to create the most feared homecourt atmosphere in Europe. Five hundred montenegrins arrived to Veszprém and beside the athmosphere they create they had a clash with the Hungarian police also, during the first part of the match.

Hungarians started the match on fire, scoring three times in the first nine minutes and Katrine Lunde Haraldsens net remained untouched by the guests in this period. The Norwegian goalkeeper saved three penalties in the first thirty minutes of the Champions League final, showing that she really wants to win her third Champions League title. On the other side German international goalkeper, Clara Woltering, had a weaker day specially in the first part of the game, but she managed to help her team in last ten minutes.

The same we could say about Bojana Popovic, who caused a lot of headache to Győrs defence and despite marking her almost the hole match she scored fourteen goals in the first leg of the Champions League final. If her team wins the trophy next weekend in Podgorica that could be Popovics sixth Champions League trophy.

But that will not be so easy because Anita Görbicz and her team-mates are also very willing to get this title which could be the first European trophy ever in the clubs history, after so many lost finals. Görbicz was outstanding scoring twelve goals behind Woltering, without any fail from the 7-m line, and after this game she is leading the topscorer list of the Champions League with 124 goals followed by Bojana Popovic who has 103 goals so far.

The defence was a key element of the game here in the first leg of the Champions League final and we could definetly say that defence will decide the winner of this close duel where titans will meet again on court and on tribunes also.

Heidi Löke, line player in Győr was not totally satisfied after the match:

– They had a very hard defence, I have got also a lot of attention from montenegrins on the line. We won only by two mostly because of the huge amount of silly mistakes we did in the last part of the game. We had five goals advantage but we ended up with only two, which is a slight advantage. Our biggest problem was that we had too big gaps in our defence, we should move faster sideway and we could not stop Popovic to score. But I still remember last years final, than we won in Larvik with a slight difference and we managed to keep our coldness and calm and get the trophy on the away match.

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