Champions League women
Thüringer HC – Rostov Don 28 – 32 (14 – 15)
Topscorers: Eliza Buceschi (THC) 8 goals and Ekaterina Ilina (Rostov ) 8 goals
Rostov’s only goals could be to keep their undefeated status after the Group and Main Round stages, meanwhile hosts could wish to finish the Champions League with dignity. Both teams has reached their goal in this game as Russians won again and Thüringer fought respectfully.
The other match of the group had a higher bet-if Larvik managed to win, they could finish on the second place of the group, avoiding Buducnost and Győr in the quarterfinals.
Fleury Loiret – Larvik HK 28 – 31 (16 – 15)
Topscorers: Nora Mørk (Larvik) 10 goals and Alexandrina Barbosa (Fleury) 6 goals
The match was a cats and mouse game, where both teams were in lead and were down, Fleury wanted this victory to finish with their heads up, meanwhile Larvik had the pressure of facts.
Norwegians had a powerfull opening, but Fleury reduced the difference and took the lead before the break. Niombla or Barbosa were the leaders of their teams, on the Scandinavian side Nora Mörk and Tine Stange were almost unstoppable.
Fleury seemed to be able getting a draw but Larvik put that necessary extra in the dying minutes- Sandra Toft saved important balls, Stange and Mörk scored to win the battle, and climbing up to the second place of the group.
The ranking of group: 1. Rostov Don, 2. Larvik HK, 3. FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria, 4. HCM Baia Mare, 5. Fleury, 6.THC
The four qualified teams will meet the teams from Group II in reversed order.