In the first round of the Group Matches in the Women’s EHF Cup, Rostov defeated ÉRD in Russia by 3 goals. That match could give hope for ÉRD for the home match against the Russian superpower, but after the surprising Russian defeat in Norway against Byasen, Rostov seems to be back on the right track. They had the chance to prove this in their match against ÉRD in the 5th round.
Rostov took a lightning start (0-3) while ÉRD was struggling to score against the Russian defense and Katrine Lunde in the goal. The 2200 spectators in the sold-out ÉRD Aréna had to wait more than 6 minutes for the first home goal but once they found the way to the net, they managed to come closer to the guests (4-5, 10. minute). Rostov had a response to everything that ÉRD was doing and Lunde was performing well in the Russian goal. Still it was Rostov’s head coach Frederic Bougeant that asked for a timeout (5-8) after 19 minutes. Even though his team scored after the timeout, the Russian timeout did better to ÉRD: in the 26th minute, they levelled the score (9-9) for the first time in the match. In this period, ÉRD was playing a lot better, but before the hopes of ÉRD went too high, Rostov reacted quickly and in just 3 minutes, they were up by 4 goals again (9-13). ÉRD managed to score one more before the halftime break (10-13).
A good start in the second half could have helped ÉRD closer to their opponent but it was Rostov again that started better. Edina Szabó asked for her second TO just two minutes after the start of the half, but it couldn’t help her team. With 3 quick goals from Iuliia Managarova, the gap grew to 7 goals (11-18) and seeing the flow of the game, there wasn’t much hope for ÉRD to come back into the game. Rostov kept running while ÉRD seemed to let it go (14-23). ÉRD was playing far beyond the level they have played in the EHF Cup so far, and Rostov was also stronger today than any of the teams they had to face so far. In the 24th minute, the difference grew to 2 digits (17-27) and there were no questions about the outcome of the match. Rostov was simply superior today with an outstanding Anna Vyakhireva and proved they are back on the right track with the new coach. Today’s Rostov was Champions League quality – they won 19-30 and booked their place in the quarterfinals of the EHF Cup. If ÉRD win their last round match in Germany against Bietigheim, they will join the Russians.
EHF Cup – Group C – 5th round
ÉRD – Rostov-Don 19-30 (10-13)
ÉRD: K. Krpez Slezak 7(4), M. Signate 2, A. Kisfaludy 2, K. Klivinyi 2, B. Fekete 2, L. Araujo 1, L. Szabó 1(1), M. Gonzalez 1, N. Kiss 1
Rostov-Don: A. Vyakhireva 7, S. Dembele 5, A. Cabral 4, A. Sen 4, I. Managarova 4, V. Borshchenko 4(4), K. Makeeva 2
Penalties: 5/7 ; 4/4
Suspensions: 4 minutes ; 8 minutes