RK Krim Mercator – CSM Bucuresti 21 – 24( 9 – 14)
Krim: Benko 5, Gjeorgijev 5, Milanovic Litre 3, Bajramoska 2, Koren 2, Baric 1, Jericek 1, Kamdop 1, Zulic 1
CSM: Gullden 7, Manea 5, Mehmedovic 5, Martin 3, Ayglon Saurina 2, Curea 1, Torstenson 1
Titleholders from CSM Bucuresti were hosts in Ljubljana and after an easy start when they were in lead 0-4, 1-6 at the beginning of the game, Krim managed to come back in the match somehow and after 9-14 in the pause, Slovenians came as close as one goal to CSM at 20 -21. After some tense in during the match Bucuresti managed to win 21-24 and keep alive their chances to finish on a place to be able to play in the quarter-finals.
Larvik HK – FC Midtjylland 24 – 22 (9 – 11)
Larvik: Kurtovic 7, Frafjord 6, Breistøl 2, G.Hammerseng-Edin 2, Stange 2, A. Hammerseng-Edin 1, T.Mørk 1
FCM: Jørgensen 10, Burgaard 3, Kristiansen 3, Pedersen 3, Augustesen 2, Østergaard 1
In the second match of the group a Scandinavian encounter was set between Larvik HK and FC Midtjylland. Larvik stole a point in the first round from Bucuresti and they had real chance to win also. FCM after qualifying from the group of death to the Main Round beat Team Esbjerg with a huge difference one week before. Larvik has several injured players like Wojtas, Solberg , Løken, but Karoline Dyhre Breivang made her comeback after becoming a mother.
The match was not so exciting and as quality had a low level in the first half. Many mistakes, turnovers from both teams made the game quite unusual. Sandra Toft made a fantastic first half, keeping her team in the game, 9-11 at the pause. In the first half, Kristine Breistøl got a hand injury so she had to stop playing, but the two goal difference was a flattering result for hosts. In the second half, Larvik managed to equalise and take the lead, even increase it to three goals, 16 – 13, as Amanda Kurtovic scored. She was the engine of the team together with a hard working Marit Malm Frafjord, who scored six goals of six attempts and made an important work in the defence. FCM was led by tireless Stine Jørgensen, scoring ten goals, but the huge amount of mistakes stopped FCM to get points in Norway. Larvik won the game 24 – 22, securing the second place of the group so far.
Team Esbjerg – Győri Audi ETO KC 26 – 32 (12 – 14)
Team Esbjerg: Alm 9, Zachariassen 4, Ingstad 3, Seest 3, Kviesgaard 3, Van der Heijden 2, Gonzalez 1, Friis-Traberg 1
Győr: Görbicz 11, Amorim 6, Groot 5, Mørk 5, Broch 2, Tomori 2, Knedlikova 1
The Hungarian team, last year’s runner-up has paid a visit in Esbjerg, Denmark to play the last match of the second round in the Main Round. Team Esbjerg is forced to play without Estevana Polman, pregnant and Lærke Møller injured, so the team is playing without a real playmaker.
On the other hand, Győr was led by two very playmakers, the queen, Anita Görbicz is back on her best, scoring today eleven goals, making a show during the match. Nycke Groot is the player who sets the pace of the play and both made an excellent work today. Team Esbjerg was up to the level of their opponent during the first half, when hosts managed to play a close game, 12-14 at the pause.
In the second half the real difference between the two teams had been shown and Esbjerg loose the grip on their opponent and despite a good playing Jenny Alm they did not manage to make problems to the Hungarians. Final score: 26 – 32.