After suffering a surprising 25-22 defeat in Denmark in the last round of the EHF Champions League, CSM Bucuresti was preparing for revenge against the Danish champions Nykobing FH. In the first quarter of the game, the two teams were going side by side. Interestingly, the gap started to open up when CSM was three players down, with only three field players on the court. In this tough period for the hosts, they managed to keep focused and the difference grew to 4 goals (10-6). When NFH was playing 6 against 3, they lost focus and made a lot of easy mistakes that were punished by CSM straight away. After this period, NFH was lost and CSM Bucuresti gained confidence and the difference kept growing between the two sides. The only task for CSM was to keep the advantage for the rest of the first half. The Romanian champions even increased the distance between the two sides and were in front by six goals after the first period (18-12).
The break didn’t change much on the flow of the game: CSM was going strong while Nykobing FH didn’t even have a real chance to decrease the difference and come back in sight. Less than 10 minutes were played from the second half when the gap grew to 10 goals (25-15) and the outcome of the match was basically decided. Nykobing wasn’t able to repeat the performance from two weeks ago and couldn’t put any pressure on the hosts. CSM reached a clear and easy victory (39-26) against the Danish champions and took revenge for their defeat in the last round.
EHF Champions League – Group A – 4th round
CSM Bucuresti – Nykobing FH 39-26 (18-12)
CSM Bucuresti: I. Curea 7, C. Neagu 6, N. Hagman 6, I. Gulldén 5, O. Manea 4, A. Kurtovic 3, L. Jörgensen 3, M.M. Frafjord 3, B. Bazaliu 1, A. Udristoiu 1
Nykobing FH: J. Westberg 8, E. Westberg 4, A. Lagerquist 3, L. Pedersen 3, S. Iversen 2, A. Ikehara 2, A. Wallén 2, K. Kristiansen 1, T. Merg 1
Penalties: 4/3 ; 6/5
Suspensions: 12 minutes ; 4 minutes