Champions League

Vestergaard-Leslie: 1-0

Vestergaard-Leslie: 1-0
Ibolya Szekeres

The team leaded by Danish Jakob Vestergaard could be first team in this round to collect six points, but hosts from Randers would fight to get points from the feared Romanian  star-team.

At Oltchim, Farcau was missing, because of seeknes, she didn’t travelled to Denmark.

Photo: Márta Kállai

In the first half Romanians pushed hard on the gas and after nine minutes of play they had a consistent advantege, 1-6. Jan Leslie gave some good advices to his team in the timeo-out period and the Danes has started to play handball, having some nice scoring situations, but Ungureanu was outstanding in the goal. Despite this Randers managed to reduce the gap, 7-9, after 22 minutes. Bulatovic didn’t shone in this period, but Bradeanu, Manea and left winger Puscasu-Curea took care  of their team’s advantage, 9-11 before the break.

The second thirty minutes started with a more ambitious Randers, playing fast, defending hard and scoring on fast breaks by Gitte Andersson.  Dembele has  continued to mark Bulatovic, the Montenegrin  wasn’t dangerous in this match at all. After eight minutes played after break, Randers had a two goal advantage, 14-12. The hosts collected two  2 minutes suspensions, and in this  period of the game, Oltchim had a comeback, equalising and taking the lead by 14-15. This was the time of pushing harder on the acceleration for Romanians, who managed  to increase the lead to five, 15-20. In the last ten minutes of the match both teams tried to change the result, Randers scored more times by Dalby, Jakobsen, Johansen and Aagren, but guests controlled the match, and with Neagu, Barbosa, Puscasu and Manea has kept the difference and defeated Randers on their home court by 20-24.

Topscorers: Gitte Andersson (RHK) 5 goals and Iilua Puscasu-Curea (Oltchim) 6 goals.

Result: Randers HK-Oltchim Rm. Valcea 20-24 (9-11)

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Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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