Second leg of the CWC semifinals:
Rostov Don-Issy Paris 19-20 (10-10)
Topscorers: Rehina Shymkute (Rostov Don) 7 goals and Karolina Gardoni (Issy Paris) 5 goals
Issy Paris has qualified to the final of CWC, with 43-11 agregate score.
Hypo NÖ- Thüringer HC 24-20 (11-10)
Beside the Champions League the other European cup competitions will also be continued with the semifinals this weekend.
Cup Winners Cup
Thüringer HC – Hypo NÖ 32-32 (15-19)
Topscorers: Nadha Nadgornaja (Thüringer HC) 7 goals and Deonise Cavaleiro Fachinello (Hypo NÖ) 10 goals
Issy Paris – Rostov Don 23-22 (15-11)
Topscorers: Karolina Gardoni (Issy Paris) 7 goals and Vladlena Bobrovnikova (Rostov Don) 8 goals
Austrian team led bey coach András Németh is a very strong team with eight Brasilian , Hungarian and Austrian players in their squad. Hypo NÖ had a great race in CL group stage, and only one goal separated them form qualifying to the Main Round.
Alexandra Do Nascimento was elected as IHF Handball Player of the Year 2012, which was a great achievment.
Coach András Németh has already announced that he will leave the team at the end of the season.
Thüringer HC had also some exciting games in the groups of the CL, where team of Herber Müller managed to gt victories against Zvezda, Buducnost or Viborg HK. German team has hihgh qualified players in their squad, as Anja Althaus, Nadja Nadgornaja, Katrin Engel, Katarina Tomasevic or Mie Augustesen.
“We are going to face an incredibly difficult opponent, but we want to fulfill this highly attractive task.
We approach to the match with a huge respect, but also with a self-confidence as we do not need to fear any team.
If we play the same quality handball as we have been playing in the Bundesliga for the last month, then we have a realistic chance to reach the final”- Müller said at the press conference.
The second semifinal is scheduled in Paris, where two ambitious teams will met in their first European semifinal, after failing to qualify last September from CL qualification tournaments to the group stages.
Issy Paris has a strong squad with players like Mariama Signate, Jasna Toskovic, Charlotte Mordal or Amelie Goudjo.
Rostov Don was strenghtened at the start of the season with Montenegrins Ana Djokic and Sonja Barjaktarovic, but Ukrainian Regina Shymkute is also a known player in Europe.
Both teams are ready to fulfill their dreams, of an European cup final.
“We know that French team is really very strong, but it cannot change our determination to make it to the final,” the head coach of Rostov Sergey Belitskiy said.