Champions League, Main Round, Group I.
Dinamo Sinara – WHC Vardar SCBT 33 – 25 (15 – 12)
Dinamo – Kochetova 9, Akopian 6, Dmitrieva 5 and Vardar – Penezic-Radicevic 7-7
Macedonian star-team is changing the professional advisors every month, first Danish Rasmussen than Pytlick is on the field, but meanwhile Rasmussen was fired due to a loss against Leipzig in the forst round, now Dinamo has served a bitter defeat for the company made of Lekic, Penezic, Radicevic, Dembele or Leynaud.
Vardar wa sin lead at 1-3 at the beginning of the game, but than hosts equalized and took the control of the ame, Sedoykina had a tremendous day in the goal, the inexistent defense of Vardar was driven crazy by Anna Kochetova, Olga Akopian and 19 years old Daria Dmitrieva meanwhile Macedonian side was struggeling to put the ball in the Russian goal.
Radicevic showed her fighter abilities once again, but Lekic, Nikolic, Althaus or Lazovic was innefective and clueless in front of Russian defense. Looking all these conditions the half time result was favourable to the guets, beeing down only by three goals.
In the second half Dinamo just pushed the metal, and they were unstoppable as a team. Vardar had a really bad day at work, not the first time in this Main Round stage. Should also Pytlick be fired after this???
The match was an emrassing and awkvard experience for a team made of expensive stars, whic has been defended by a Russian team, whic h almost had to withdraw from continuing the CL before Main Round, because of financial problems!!!
Final result 33-25, only a narrow thread has saved Vardar today to be defended by kore than ten goals. Headcoach Victor Ryabykh, gave playing time for all his players, at the end of the game , so Dinamo has several juniors on the court.
Champions League, Main Round, Group II.
Viborg HK – HCM Baia Mare 30 – 31 (12 – 13)
Viborg- Rikke Skov 11, Kirsten Balle-Isabelle Gullden 6-6 and Baia Mare – Lois Abbingh 6, Alexandra Do Nascimento-Valentina Ardean Elisei 5-5
The match was a crucial one for Romanian side in order to keep their quarterfinal chances alive.
The two teams were chasing each other closely, Viborg had a slight advantage in teh first 15 minutes of the game, 8-5, but Romanians equalized, mostly owing to Arenhart’s improved performance in the goal, Camilla Herrem’s fastbreak goals and Ardean Elisei’s performance as a leftback.
Viborg was kept in match by Rikke Skov and Kirsten Balle, their defense was not very strong today.
Baia Mare won the first half 12-13.
In the second half Baia Mare increased the gap to two goals, 12-14, 14 -16, but Viborg was all the time was in their back, followed closely their oppoennets, the score became quickly 18-18, 20-20, and so on. Almost every attack was finalised with a goal in the second half, defenses and goalkeepers seemed to have a black day.
This crazy race turned to bring Baia Mare’s vivtory at the end, they having some advantage in the dying minutes, with an extra player on the court and Ungureanu made a crucial save, at 29-30. Romanians finished their attack with goal, Buceschi scored for 29-31, Viborg used the remaining 5 seconds to reduce the gap by Balle, but it was still a guest win.