In the match between Thüringer HC and Buducnost in Germany, the home team needed to keep the points at home in order to keep the quarterfinal hopes alive. On the other hand, an away win would have sent the Montenegrin champions Buducnost to the quarterfinal. Buducnost started better and grabbed the lead right in the first moments of the game, but THC didn’t let them go out of sight. After 5-7, three Luzumova goals meant the first home lead of the match but it was the first and last time in the match when THC was closer to the victory. In the rest of the match, Buducnost was in control of the game. After the first 30 minutes played, the guests had a narrow lead (11-12). The Montenegrins arrived to the second half with a bigger momentum and as a result, their lead grew to 4 goals (15-19). Three THC goals in a row meant the German comeback but when the best player of THC, Iveta Luzumova was out of the match due to an injury, things weren’t looking good for the hosts. In this period, Anika Niederwieser stood on the top of her troop, but this wasn’t enough for THC to turn the match around. When Buducnost’s lead grew to 3 goals with 5 minutes left (21-24), the match seemed to be decided. THC could still make the last minutes of the game exciting, but didn’t manage to turn the score. This meant that Buducnost grabbed the 4th place of the group with this away win – and the last quarterfinal ticket from Main Round Group II.
EHF Champions League – Main Round Group II
Thüringer HC – Buducnost 24-25 (11-12)
Thüringer HC: A. Niederwieser 7, I. Luzumova 6(3), G. Mitrovic 5, S. Lang 2, M. Schmelzer 2, L. Jakubisova 1, P. Batista da Silva 1
Buducnost: D. Jaukovic 6, S. Premovic 5(4), T. Brnovic 4, D. Ujkic 4, D. Malovic 2, M. Raicevic 2, I. Grbic 2
Penalties: 3/3 ; 4/7
Suspensions: 4 minutes ; 8 minutes