Champions League, Quarter finals
Sala Polivalenta, Bucharest
CSM Bucuresti – Rostov Don 26 – 25 (11 – 12)
Toscorers: Carmen Martin, Linnea Torstenson (CSM) 5 goals each and Ekaterina Ilina (Rostov) 9 goals
In the very first presence in Champions League these two teams has made it to the quarter finals and both has a real chance for advancement to the Final Four in Budapest.
Rostov Don was the only undefeated team this season in Champions League, they lost one point against FTC in the match played in Budapest in the Main Round. CSM Bucuresti struggled during the season, with headcoach changing and several injuries on Line Jörgensen, Maria Fisker, Mayssa Pessoa, Fernanda Franca Da Silva or Carmen Martin.
The first half of the game was a close race, with Grubisic saving two seven meters on the host side and the Ilina- Sen duo scoring for Russians. The match was characterized of turnovers, mistakes and lost balls on both sides, and only Carmen Martin and Line Jörgensen had shined as expected for Bucuresti.
In the second part of the game Jan Leslie’s team took the control and the lead at 14-16, but then hosts had a good period and turned the score to 19-16.
Gulldén, Torstenson, Curea or Rodriguez took responsbility in attack, meanwhile on the Russian side Anna Sen, Regina Shymkute and Yulia Managarova were the goal makers.
It seemed tha the hosts are able to take a clear victory after close game, having a four goal advantage 22-18, but Rostov Don has leveled the game, causing troubles for Romanians. Jan Leslie’s team was in lead, 22-24, but in the dying minutes Brazilian playmaker Rodriguez equalized 25-25 and Linnea Torstenson scored for 26-25.
Rostov had the chance to make it draw in the last seconds, getting a seven meter, but Jelena Grubisic stopped Ilina from the penalty line.
Final result: 26 – 25
Next week the gaem continues in order to reach the Final Four!!