Champions League women
Larvik HK – FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria 37 – 31 (20 – 15)
Topscorers: Nora Mørk (Larvik ) 10 goals and Nerea Pena (FTC) 7 goals
Larvik prepared for this match after a home defeat against French Fleury, and after a win in Germany against Thüringer.
Hungarian side lost clearly in Romania when they met Baia Mare, but managed to steal one point from still unbeaten Rostov Don in Budapest, despite this, the Russian team has the lead of the group with a big difference.
Both teams need desperately points in this encounter to get better placement in this Main Round group and to avoid powerful Buducnost or Győr in the quarterfinal.
Before the game: Amanda Kurtovic and Thea Mörk are injured and not able to play in today’s game.
The first half was all about to score goals for both teams, without showing much defensive work. It was a close race 4-4, 5-4, 7-7, 9-9. After fifteen minutes Larvik took the control over FTC, Alma Hasanic Grizovic improved her performance in the goal and in attack Tine Stange, Nora Mörk and Sanna Solberg secured the lead for Larvik.
FTC was kept in game by Nerea Pena scoring five goals in the first half and Szekerczés scoring on penalties. Hungarian side presented a weak defense and nothng seemed to work in this period for Gábor Elek’s team.
Half time result: 20-15.
The second half of the encounter started with Larvik increasing the lead to 24-18, 25-17, but guests managed to play themselves back into the game, mostly due to saves by Katarian Tomasevic and a lot of Larvik mistakes in attack: 26-22, after 45 minutes of play.
Nora Mørk was still unstoppable, signing her goal number ten, Tine Stange made a fantastic offensive game, scoring nine goals and Alma Hasanic had good periods in the goal of Larvik. Left wing was not weakened of Thea Mørk’s absence, since Sanna Solberg showed a strong performance.
Mari Molid has scored all of seven meter throws for hosts in the second half, after Nora Mörk missed two penalties in the first half and Larvik won the game with a 6 goals difference.
Final result: 37 – 31