Macedonian superpower ZRK Vardar Skopje played their first away match in this season’s Champions League and right for the first time, they had to travel really far: they faced Russian champions Astrakhanochka in the third round of Europe’s top women’s handball competition. Vardar, still without a permanent choice as a coach for the superstar team, had a homework to solve but it wasn’t easy. Astrakhanochka might have been weakened during the summer but the young Russians are a tough nut to crack at home. This time wasn’t any different: the Russians didn’t give away the two points easily but Vardar was mostly dominant throughout the whole match. Even though Astrakhanochka put up a great fight, the Macedonians led by Andrea Penezic walked away with the two important points and their first away win this season.
EHF Champions League, Group B, round 3
Astrakhanochka – ZRK Vardar 26-31 (13-14)
Astrakhanochka: K. Sabirova 8, N. Chigirinova 5, L. Postnova 4, V. Shichkina 3, D. Chaplygina 2, K. Sisenova 2, E. Levsha 1, K. Trusova 1
ZRK Vardar: A. Penezic 10, T. Mavsar 6, S. Damnjanovic 4, B. Lazovic 4, J. Radicevic 3, A. Althaus 2, A. Covic 1, C. Herrem 1
Penalties: 5/8 ; 6/6
Suspensions: 8 minutes ; 8 minutes