In the first round of the Main Round Group II of the EHF Women’s Champions League, the winners of Groups C and D Vardar and Metz met in Skopje. The home team started better (5-2) with 3 goals by Andrea Lekic and Metz struggled to find the rhythm. Amandine Leynaud made some great saves against her compatriots so Metz couldn’t come closer to the hosts, just the opposite: the difference between the two sides grew constantly as Vardar had the chance to score easy fást break goals. Dragana Cvijic was especially in top form and at halftime, Vardar was leading 15-9. Not much changed for the second half, the difference was constantly moving over 5 goals. The leaders of Vardar were Cvijic and Penezic while Metz’s most successful player was Helene Sajka: neither Ana Gros, nor Xenia Smits had a good day and Metz wasn’t able to handle the bad performance from the key players. There were no questions regarding the outcome of the match in the second half, Vardar could add one more victory to the account, this time a less difficult one and are still the only undefeated team of the competition.
EHF Champions League – Main Round Group II
Vardar – Metz 29-23 (15-9)
Vardar: D. Cvijic 7, A. Penezic 6, A. Lekic 4, A. Lacrabere 4, B. Lazovic 3, J. Radicevic 2, T. Khmyrova 2, P. Kuznetsova 1
Metz: H. Sajka 6, G. Zaadi 4, M. Houette 3, X. Smits 3, L. Flippes 2, B. Edwige 1, A. Gros 1, M. Nocandy 1, L. Landre 1, J. Luciano 1
Penalties: 3/4 ; 5/7
Suspensions: 4 minutes ; 6 minutes