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Vardar takes the bronze medals, Dinamo fourth

Vardar takes the bronze medals, Dinamo fourth
photo: EHF

photo: EHF

Two disappointed teams facing each other in the match for the bronze at MVM EHF F4 in Budapest.

Dinamo Sinara could not have hgh expectations against a Larvik, which was unbeaten in thei season in CL, but Vardar had arrive to Budapest, ready to take a step forward, but had been crushed by Buducnost in the semfinal, being defeated in a match which ended 17-27, for Adzic’s team.

Before the match

“We lost today, but tomorrow is a new day and new challenges are waiting for us. We will surely motivate ourselves and try to be better than today,” said Dinamo right winger Anita Gace,

“Tomorrow is going to be a hell! We had two hard matches against Dinamo, and of course both of us want to be the third, not the fourth team in this event,

“But anyway, probably for my team, two years in a row at the FINAL4 is not a bad thing at all! We just need to keep our head up and continue fighting for that third place – said Andrea Lekic

photo: EHF

photo: EHF

“We don’t have a lot of time to prepare for tomorrow but that doesn’t mean that we will lose our positive spirit. We will take a look at our mistakes of today’s game and try to overcome them tomorrow in the match for the bronze medal,” said Dinamo-Sinara goalkeeper Anna Sedoykina

“Tomorrow is a new day and I hope we will get new power for the bronze game. It won’t be easy, for sure, but we must think like this,” said Jovanka Radicevic

MVM EHF F4, Budapest, Papp László Sportaréna

Bronze match:

Dinamo Sinara –  WHC Vardar SCBT ()


Sedoykina,Utkina – Chernova , Belikova, Kochetova  7, Frolova 1, Gace 3, Fanina 2, Akopian 4 , Dmitrieva 4, Danshina 2, Vedekhina , Petrova, Chopikyan, Pech, El Ghaoui 3

Coach: Victor Ryabikh


Suslina, Leyanud –  Radicevic 4 , Gakidova, Nikolic 2, Lazovic-Varlec , Dembele 2 , Fernandez, Sokac  3, Althaus 1, Klikovac 1, Penezic 9, Chernoivanneko 2, Ikhneva 1 , Khmyrova, Lekic 3

Coaches: Indira Kastratovic, Jan Pytlick

photo: Johannes Kernmayer / Chris Singer / EHFM

photo: Johannes Kernmayer / Chris Singer / EHFM

The first half of the bronze match brought an equal fight, with lead for both teams for shorter periods. Anna Kochetova netted five times behind Amandine Leynaud, like a real leader, Macedonian side was led by Andrea Lekic and Andrea Penezic, both scoring three goals in the first thirty minutes. Half time:15-16.

Second part of the game continued on the same manner as the first one ended, close game, goals on both sides, result close to equal all the time, none of the teams could take a bigger advantage.

Olga Akopian has been disqualified with red card after hitting Penezic in minute 40 of the game, so Dinamo became shorthanded.

Jovanka Radicevic has been positioned on line replacing Althaus, she managed to score several times, giving her team a slight advantage in the dying minutes, 24 – 25, 25 -26.

25-27 was the result three minutes before the end, when Nikolic scored.

Andrea Penezic’s ninth scoring meant the secure victory for Vardar and winning the bronze for the second time in CL.

Final result: 26 -28

After the game

Anita Gace (Dinamo Sinara):

” We played two though games in two days, it helped us to gain a lot of experience. We didin’t managed to win none of them, yesterday we played badly, today our game has improved, but we lost the game anyway.”

Andrea Penezic (Vardar):

“Thanks for Dinamo for playing a good game, it was a hard match, as we expected. After we have been defeated yestarday it was quiet difficult to find the motivation and the eneregy for the bronze match, but we had to do for ourselves and for our fans, who travelled from Macedonia to support us.+

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