Womens EHF Champions League, Round 5
FTC Rail-Cargo Hungaria – Vardar 28 – 29 (12 – 16)
FTC – Pena 8, Kovacsics 4, Snelder 1, Lukacs 1, Schatzl 1, Van Der Heijden 4, Faluvegi 4, Marton 3, Szuvsanszki 2
Vardar – Penezic 9, Cvijic 5, Khmyrova 3, Radicevic 4, Ristovska 1, Lazovic 1, Lacrabere 5, Kuznetsova 1,
Vardar arrived to Hungary without Andrea Lekic, the Serbian playmaker has suffered a shoulder injury and she is sidelined for at least 2 months, being in a recovery period.
The first encounter between the two teams ended with a win for Macedonians and FTC is determined to make it different this time. According to this hosts started strong and in the first ten minutes, the result was very close, 4-4, 6-6. Vardar coach called his timeout and made some changes, then the team led by Andrea Penezic and Amandine Leynaud managed to take the lead, 6-7 and increased it to a stable three goals lead. 7-10, 10-13. FTC had some inspired moments in attack where Nerea Pena and Aniko Kovacsics managed to score several times, in defense goalkeeper Blanka Biro stopped Vardar attacks against Cvijic, Canadija or Lacrabere. Despite a strong Hungarian resistance, Vardar seemed to control the game both in defense and attack, finishing the first half with a four-goal lead, 12- 16.
The manner Vardar started the second half showed their intention to seal the deal as early as possible, leading 13-20 after just 5 minutes played. Penezic, Radicevic and Cvijic still were the leaders of Macedonians, meanwhile, FTC made one mistake after another. Timeout from Gabor Elek helped hosts, and the next five minutes were theirs, scoring four times and Vardar was not able to do so, 17 – 20. Varda called a new timeout to calm the spirits down, but FTC continued the superb flow in attack and managed to level the game at 21-21 (47.min). Vardar seemed to have troubles in controlling FTC s offensive game and the hosts were close, 23-23, 24-24, Dorottya Faluvegi having a really good day on the right wing.
In the last eight minutes Inna Suslina replaced Amandine Leynaud and this was one of the decisive factors for Vardar to seal the deal, as Suslina stopped almost every of FTC attacks in this period, meanwhile Penezic, Lacrabere and Radicevic netted on the other side of the court, taking back the lead for Vardar, 25-28.
FTC with some great wing performance from youngsters like Greta Marton and the above mentioned Dorottya Faluvegi managed to score the last two goals of the match, but this was enough only for a one-goal defeat. With this victory of 28-29, Vardar will finish on the first place of the group C.