Group D: Larvik HK; Team Esbjerg, IK Savehof, Krim
In the first match of group D, Danish Team Esbjerg has taken a flying start in their first edition of Champions League groups as they lead 4-0 against Krim Ljubljana after 5 minutes. In an outsold Blue Water Dokken arena Polman, Kviesgaard or Vestergaard were efficient and Slovenians seemed to not be able taking the pace of the game. The Danish storm continued 6-1, 10-4- and at the first quarter of first half was the moment when Bajramoska with two and Benko with one scoring brought Krim back to the game, 10-7. Krim shook off the emotions of the start and managed to come over solid Danish defense several times.
After Team Esbjerg’s timeout, the difference increased in favor of hosts, Dutch rightback Van Der Heijden made an excellent first half, netting six times behind Marincek in the Slovenian goal. Norwegian goalkeeper Stang Sando showed her qualities as well, as it was difficult to overcome her in Esbjerg’s goal. Despite this Bajramoska and Georgijev managed four goals each, and the first half ended 17-11 for hosts.
In the second part of the game, Esbjerg had the same crushing start 21-13 after five minutes and they never stopped or relaxed. Krim tried to keep the gap as narrow as possible, but at this moment the real difference between the two teams just looked so big as the result shows.
Van der Heijden was amazing on the right back with totally 11 goals, Polman and Alm were also important actors of hosts scoring six each in their match, meanwhile Krim’s topscorer was Bajramoska with six.
Final result: 35 – 25
Team Esbjerg – Krim Ljubljana 35 – 25 (17 – 11)
Team Esbjerg: Toft Hansen 1, Kviesgaard 3, van der Heijden 11(4), Alm 6, Karlsson 1, Vestergaard 5, Ingstad 2, Polman 6
Krim Ljubljana: Georgijev 4, Benko 4, Blazevic 2, Milanovic Litre 3, Jericek 1, Bajramoska 6, Omoregie 2, Koren 1, Kamdop 2