One of the main title contenders of this season, CSM Bucuresti started their EHF Champions League campaign with a home match against Krim Ljubljana. All the odds were on CSM’s side before their duel, and CSM met the expectations as they took a confident victory over the former two-time champions.
Krim took a lightning start but this was the last time when Krim was closer to a victory. CSM was clearly dominant from the early periods of the game and showed once again that they have a lot of potential to build on. At half time, CSM’s advantage was already eight goals (15-7), thanks to great saves from Paula Ungureanu and spectacular actions from one of the greatest attacking squads of the world. The second half wasn’t any different. Even though new head coach Helle Thomsen made some changes, there was no stopping for CSM as the difference kept growing. Krim Ljubljana had no response to Bucharest’s game, the two teams were simply not on the same level – and the two teams have also set different goals from the Champions League… The match ended with a Romanian fiesta – CSM won 30-18 and their start was as confident as expected.
EHF Champions League – Group A – 1st round
CSM Bucuresti – RK Krim 30-18 (15-7)
CSM Bucuresti: C. Neagu 8, I. Gulldén 5, N. Hagman 4, M.M. Frafjord 3, B. Bazaliu 3, M. Mehmedovic 3, A. Udristoiu 1, G. Niombla 1, I. Curea 1, A. Kurtovic 1
RK Krim: P. Baric 4, L. Tsakalou 4, A. Koren 3, A. Benko 2, M. Adler 2, A. Beganovic 1, N. Zulic 1, J. Despotovic 1
Penalties: 4/3 ; 4/3
Suspensions: 6 minutes ; 4 minutes