In the third round of Group C, FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria travelled to Germany to face Thüringer HC. The German team is still struggling with injuries so head coach Herbert Müller had only 11 players to name for the match. Despite the problems, THC took a lightning start: FTC was unable to score for five minutes while the Germans netted 4 times (4-0). Thüringer HC managed to keep this early advantage, mostly thanks to some great saves from Jana Krause, until the 13th minute when FTC equalized (6-6). Although all the odds were on FTC’s side before the match, THC didn’t let the lead go as they were always able to go in front. It was in the 22nd minute when FTC had the lead for the first time in the match (11-12) but it didn’t last too long as at halftime, it was THC again that had the lead with a long distance last second goal from Anika Niederwieser (15-14).
In the second half, Blanka Bíró put up a good performance and Thüringer HC was struggling harder than before to score against her and the defense. At the end of the 38th minute, FTC took the lead once again and this time, they didn’t let it go. A 5-0 series from the Hungarian silver medalists put FTC in a more comfortable position, their lead was 4 goals for the first time (18-22). Although THC was trying their best and especially Iveta Luzumova was shining from their side, they couldn’t cope with their opponent any more: their defense became less hard and FTC used this well, mostly by individual actions from Nerea Pena and Anikó Kovacsics. It seemed that THC was slowly running out of fuel but on the contrary to this, they still managed to close up on their rivals (24-25) before they could become relieved. However, the last minutes belonged to FTC once again and they took a hard-fought victory in Nordhausen (25-29).
EHF Champions League – Group C – 3rd round
Thüringer HC – FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria 25-29 (15-14)
Thüringer HC: I. Luzumova 10, B. Scheffknecht 4, K. Wohlbold 4, A. Niederwieser 2, A. Mazzucco 3, J. Huber 1
FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria: N. Pena 9, A. Kovacsics 8, M. Jovanovic 3, L. van der Heijden 3, N. Schatzl 2, D. Faluvégi 2, Z. Szucsánszki 1, D. Snelder 1
Penalties: 6/5 ; 6/4
Suspensions: 10 minutes ; 18 minutes