In group A Metz met German champions from THC. The guests took their first points in the first round against Norwegian debutant, meanwhile Metz lost in a close encounter in Moraca Hall from Podgorica.
In Metz the match started with equal results 3-3, 4-4, the two teams made a close game, with good goalkeeper performances, many mistakes and turnovers. Metz finished the first thirty minutes with one goal advantage, 11 – 10.
In the second part THC had major problems with the scoring efficiency, literally they could not find the goal and their defence seemed to not work properly either. Metz’s Slovenian right-back Ana Gros was back to old herself, scoring six in this game and hosts managed to defeat Herbert Müller’s team clearly, 25 – 18.
Metz Handball – Thüringer HC 25 – 18 (11 – 10)
Metz: Gros 6, Smits 6, Aoustin 5, Zaadi 4, Luciano 2, Flippes 1, Pop-Lazic 1
THC: Niederwieser 3, Wohlbold 3, Engel-Houette-Luzumova-Planeta-Van de Wiel 2 goals each and Jakubisova 1