On Friday three matches from the third round of the Champions League women were playes, two in group A and one match on group D.
Krim Ljubljana – Larvik HK 21 – 37 (10 – 21)
Topscorers: Polona Baric (Krim) 5 goals, Tamara Mavsar (Krim ) 4 goals and Amanda Kurtovic (Larvik HK) 8 goals, Kristine Breistøl, Nora Mørk, Jenny Osness Græsholt (Larvik ) 4 goals each
Larvik gave no options for hosts from Ljubljana, and after a half played, they already decided the game.Norwegians were better in every segments of the game, so the result is not a surprise.
HCM Baia Mare – Rostov Don 20 – 22 (10 – 13)
Topscorers: Lois Abbingh (Baia Mare), 6 goals, Allison Pineau (Baia Mare) 5 goals and Ekaterina Ilina, Yulia Managrova, Anna Sen (Rostov Don) 5 goals each
Close, balanced game as Baia Mare was willing to keep the two poinths home, as they needed it, on the other hand debutants from Rostov has thought marching as they started in the previous two rounds.
The result shows a close game, but the reality was that Baia Mare never managed to take the lead, Rostov was in control during the match, Jan Leslie’s team building their game on good defense, Katrine Lunde in the goal , quick attacks, and even quicker returns.
Ilina is the new star of the team, making herself and her teammates very good and effective, as Anna Sen yesterday netting five for Russians.
Baia Mare has a good coordinator in Allison Pineau, but the team seems to still struggle in having a cohesive play both offensive and defensive.
Rostov tops this group, right before Larvik HK, but more exciting games are waiting later.
MKS Selgros Lublin – IK Savehof 21 – 34 (10 – 17)
Topscorers: Krystina Repelwska (Lublin ) 6 goals and Emma Ekenman- Fernis (IK Savehof) 6 goals
The two teams were counted as the ones will fight to the third position in theis group, which still gives a Main Round qualification. This match has brought a big surprise, as Savehof with their quiet young squad managed to run over the Polish champion in their own home.
Handball can be unpredictable many times, but this result could predict a Swedish qualification to the Main Round.
CSM Bucuresti – Buducnost 22 – 28 (11 – 15)
Topscorers: Ana Paula Rodriguez Belo and Isabelle Gulldén (CSM) 5-4 goals and Cristina Neagu and Katarina Bulatovic (Buducnost) 9-7 goals
Victory without excitment for title holders in Bucuresti, where one of the debutants still is in the process to put together their team. Kim Rasmussen tried to motivate his team, but Buducnost had an answer every time, Neagu and Bulatovic still are unstoppable, their agressive defense is like a wall and they controlled the game in sixty minutes.