Champions League women, Main Round
Győri Audi ETO KC – Buducnost 22 – 20 (13 – 11)
Győr: Grimsbö, Kiss – Löke 5, Alstad, Sulland 6, Amorim 2, Groot 5, Broch 2, Kovacsics, Korsós 1, Orbán, Bódi 1, Hársfalvi, Knedlikova, Lakatos
Buducnost: Zderic, Abdallah – Neagu 4 , Rajcevic 3, Bulatovic 4, Mehmedovic 3, Cvijic 3, Lazovic, B.Pavicevic, Irman 2, Achruk, Jaukovic 1, Ramusovic, Kovacevic, Malovic, I.Pavicevic,
Before the match
Buducnost is undefeated in this years CL race as the Montenegrin team was not defeated in the previous season either. They arrived to Győr full of confidence, having a compact team, strong backplayers and good wings.
The team has been reinforced with two players this month, Slovenian Nelli Irman is supposed to replace Radmila Petrovic, who is ill, on the right wing and Tunisian goalkeeper has been signed to back up Marta Zderic in the goal.
Cristina Neagu :” Definitely I expect a very difficult game, the arena will be fully crowded for sure and everybody will support Győr. We had a good preparation for this match, even if it was shorter than usually, but we are hundred percent ready to start the Main Round.
“Everybody is aware of the fact that Győr is a really strong team, with good players on every position, they won their group against good teams, so they are one of the main opponents, not only here in this stage but in tournament as well.
“We have a lot of big targets this year, personally I have more too, but I would go step by step and let’s hope that Saturday against Győr we will have the first positive result.”
The host team is struggeling with injuries, they could not avoid this problem and like last season they have some important players as Zsuzsanna Tomori (cruciate ligament injury-out for the whole season) and Anita Görbicz (knee injury (out for two months) cannot help the team on the court. In addition for this match Szimonetta Planéta is out for a minor knee injury and Anikó Kovacsics has also a muscle injury in her leg.
Győr signed a player to strengthen the defense especially, Norwegian leftback, Ida Alstad joined the team for this season.
Eduarda Amorim: “I am coming back from a serious injury, which still bothers me at times but I am closer and closer to my former self. My legs still could use more power, but I am working hard to play to my full potential.
“I am obviously disappointed because I really wanted to help defend Brazil’s World Cup title, but I am concentrating on Győr now
“We are taking baby steps as we, once again, need time to form a united team, but the girls are working hard. I feel we are playing a lot better than we did in October, which tells us we are on the right path. However, there is a lot of room for improvement. There is an enormous amount of talent in Györ’s squad, but we need time to play to our potential. I feel when the time comes, we will be ready to fight for the title,”
Exciting first half with early Buducnost leading, 0 – 2, than with an even result, the teams were chasing each other 4-4. After ten minutes Győr took the control of the game, 6-4, 8-6, 9-6, 10-7. Heidi Løke, Nycke Grott and Yvette Broch were the main goal producers of Győr, Buducnost netted by Neagu, Bulatovic , Rajcevic and Irman.
The two teams were at draw again when the result was 10-10. Questionable situation on the court when Dragan Adzic stood on the court and Eduarda Amorim was obstructed in her action in attack, but the German referees had not observed any irregularity as they whistled totally different. Győr kept their lead, scoring by Groot and Løke in the last minutes, 13-11 before break.
In the second half Győr kept the advantage, played smartly with an excellent defense system, neutralizing quiet efficiently the backplayers of Buducnost. Groot, Löke, Bódi kept on scoring, Grimsbö made a superb match in the goal, one of her best games since she is in Győr and hosts defeated the CL title holder after one and half season, when Buducnost managed to stay unbeaten in CL.
Final result: 22-20