Group C- called the “group of death” will eventually have the bitter consequence to say goodbye for one of the big guns in the competition.
As Győr is already qualified to the Main Round (playing this weekend in Denmark), the crucial game in this round was played between Rostov-Don and CSM Bucuresti, both teams entering this round with only two points.
The match started with a fantastic ten minutes from Rostov, Lunde was on fire, and Barbosa, Managarova and Ilina were efficient in attack. CSM Bucuresti with their new head coach Aurelian Rosca, seemed to be overwhelmed by the pressure of the game, and after a quarter played, hosts had an advantage of seven goals, 9-2. The Romanian team managed to come back to the game when Grubisic started to stop the Russain attacking waves, saving many clear chances and her team closed the gap, 10-8, then 11-10 at the pause. Gullden, Mehmedovic and Martin was the key players of the Romanian attack.
In the second half the trend continued, CSM managed to preserve the good defense and goalkeeper performance, meanwhile Rostov has continued to miss, even if Vyakhireva had some eye-catching movements. CSM took the control on the court, they got the lead very quickly in the second half and never let hosts tainge it back. Remarkable performances from the Romanian team: goalkeeper Jelena Grubisic and leftwinger Majda Mehmedovic, Rostovs best player were Ekaterina Ilina and Alexandrina Barbosa.
Rostov-Don – CSM Bucuresti 20 – 22 (11 – 10)
Rostov-Don: Ilina 4 (1), Bobrovnikova 4, Barbosa 4, Vyakhireva 3, Managarova 2, Slivinskaya 1, Makeeva 1, Borschenko 1(1)
CSM Bucuresti: Martin 6 (1), Gullden 8 (4), Mehmedovic 4, Manea 2, Ayglon 1, Torstensson 1