The only undefeated team of the competition, Vardar travelled to Metz to extend their unbeaten run. However, Les Arénes de Metz is not the easiest place to win – last year, the later CL-finalists Vardar suffered a big defeat in France. This year, they were looking for revenge. The Macedonians started the match this way – after just 5 minutes played, they were leading by three goals (1-4). Metz came back after the slow start (6-6) but Vardar managed to keep a narrow lead until the 22nd minute when Ana Gros’s two goals in a row meant the first home lead in the match (10-9). There was only one goal scored in the last 7 minutes of the half and it was scored by Alexandra Lacrabere so the teams went to the locker room with 10-10.
Not much changed for the second half, the teams were going hand in hand and none of them managed to lead by more than one goal until the 50th minute when Vardar’s advantage grew to 2 goals (18-20). This was a wake up call in time for the home team as the French champions scored 4 goals in a row to have a 2-goal lead for the first time in the match (22-20). As the time was passing, it became even more urgent for Vardar to score to save at least one point, but Metz managed to keep the Macedonians behind in the last few minutes. When Laura Flippes scored in the last minute of the game, Metz basically won the match (24-22) – Vardar suffered their first defeat in this edition of the Women’s EHF Champions League. It also means there is no more unbeaten team in the women’s competition this season.
EHF Champions League – Main Round Group II – Round 4
Metz – Vardar Skopje 24-22 (10-10)
Metz: G. Zaadi 8, M. Houette 4, A. Gros 4, L. Landre 2, L. Flippes 2, O. Kanor 1, X. Smits 1, B. Edwige 1, H. Sajka 1
Vardar: A. Lekic 5, A. Penezic 3, B. Lazovic 3, J. Radicevic 3, P. Kuznetsova 3, A. Lacrabere 3, T. Khmyrova 1, D. Cvijic 1