Last day of round four in the Champions League Group stage ended with two clear victories for hosts from Montenegro and Sweden, meanwhile Hungarians from FTC and Macedonian Vardar could celebrate for away points.
Buducnost Podgorica – FC Midtjylland 22 – 15 ( 12 – 10)
Topscoreres: Milena Knezevic (Buducnost) 8 goals and Stine Jörgensen (FCM) 5 goals
Host Buducnost was aware of the fact that tonight’s match were crucial for them, regarding the qualification to the main round of Champions League. If they lose against FCM again, that would be fatal.
The first half was balanced, with strong defense on both sides, and with an outstanding Clara Woltering in the goal of the host team. Stine Jörgensen was unstoppable at the guests side, and Milena Knezevic netted seven times in thirty minutes.
In the second half of the game Buducnost produced an unbelievable defense and goalkeeper performance was also improved, so FCM was able to put the ball only five times behind Woltering, this being crucial for the end result.
MKS Lublin – FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria 24 – 26 (12 – 15)
Topscorers: Kamilla Skrzyniarz (MKS Lublin) 8 goals and Zsuzsanna Tomori ( FTC) 7 goalsMKS Lublin is not an easy opponent on their home-court and they proved it today again. Hungarian team played an ordinary game, but they could not forget the last match against Polish team, when they won in Dabas by 15 goals against them.
This time FTC met a totally different Lublin on the court, with a new head-coach, former assistent coach Sabina Wlodek, filled visibly with more ambition. Alena Abramovich had a good day in the goal for FTC, saving her team many times from getting in trouble, and Zsuzsanna Tomori has scored in decisive moments against a well prepared Bulgarian goalkeeper, Ekaterina Dzhukeva, causing a lot of problems to every opponent.
In this group there are still three teams with chances to get a main round berth, FCM, FTC and Buducnost all fighting for the first two places in the group.
IK Sävehof – HC Leipzig 30 – 23 (14 – 13)
Topscorers: Ida Odéhn (IK Sävehof) 8 goals and Saskia Lang (HCL) 6 goals
Swedish champion, directly qualified to the group stage is doing impressive, and they managed to accumulate six points of four matches, losing only against Krim in Arena Stozice.
HC Leipzig has an enormous handicap, being affected by injuries of some of the main players. Despite this they played a balanced first half in Gothenburg, but the second half brought a clear dominance of IK Sävehof, where Ida Odén, Louise Sand and goalkeeper Filippa Idén were all outstanding. Supported by the home crowd Sävehof-girls are marching likely to the Main Round.
Podravka Koprivnica – WHC Vardar SCBT 17 – 35 ( 10 – 16)
Topscorers: Jelena Zivkovic (Podravka) 4 goals and Andrea Lekic (Vardar) 8 goals
For Vardar this was a simple task and they solved it accordingly. In the second half, head-coach Indira Kastratovic sent every player to the court and Vardar took a clear victory against a weak Podravka team.