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CSM Bucuresti defeated Esbjerg and finished third

photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud
CSM Bucuresti defeated Esbjerg and finished third

CSM Bucuresti has already been qualified to the quarter-finals and before the match against Team Esbjerg the only question was if they will finish the Main Round on the third or fourth position of their group. With a victory, the Romanian team could reach the third position, otherwise, they would get the fourth place. Between the two positions, there is a difference regarding the future quarter-final opponent. From yesterday it was known that FTC  has finished in the second position as Vardar become the group winner in group I. This means that CSM Bucuresti could choose which team they want to meet in the next stage of the competition.

In Blue Water Dokken hall from Esbjerg the current title-holder left no doubts regarding their choice and with a simple handball they got the victory against Danish team, which already was out of the competition before this round.

CSM Bucuresti led by a fantastic goalkeeper, Paula Ungureanu and Romanian backplayer Aurelia Bradeanu (scoring five goals) let only seven goals for hosts in their own arena, winning the first half 7 – 12. In the beginning of the second half of the match, guests continued their effective play and increased the lead to eight goals, 8 – 16 and the game seemed to be decided at this point. Team Esbjerg had a great comeback in the middle of the second half, but this was only enough to reduce the gap (18 – 21). CSM Bucuresti got the victory and the two points in order to finish in the third position of group II.

Final result:

Team Esbjerg –  CSM Bucuresti 20 –  25 (7 – 12)

Goals:

Team Esbjerg: Karlsson 5, Van der Heijden 4, Alm 3, Toft Hansen 3, Gonzalzez 2, Ingstad 2, Seest 1

CSM Bucuresti: Bradeanu 5, Martin 5, Mehmedovic 4, Gullden 4, Torstensson 3, Lobach 1, Manea 1, Bazaliu 1, Curea 1

CSM Bucuresti will face FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria in quarter-finals, Team Esbjerg is out of CL.

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