In the Main Round Group I, Győri Audi ETO KC was just one step away from finishing the Main Round on top: this one step to take was defeating Krim Ljubljana in Győr. In February when the two teams met in the Slovenian capital, Győri Audi ETO won by 11 goals so all the odds were on the home side before the match, even despite Yvette Broch’s ankle injury. Győr started slowly as it took more than 6 minutes for the title holders to raise the roof of the packed Audi Aréna Győr – at that time, Krim has already netted three times (1-3). The guests weren’t giving their lead away as the first time Győr was in front came after 18 minutes (8-7). Stine Oftedal was once again fast as lightning and was a true leader of her team in attack – the Norwegian playmaker was standing by 5 goals after 20 minutes played. After 10-10, the home team changed speed and until the halftime whistle, the advantage grew to 5 goals (17-12).
Kari Aalvik Grimsbö arrived to the goal for the second half, and her saves helped her team increase the difference. The Hungarian champions were completely in control of the happenings and despite lacking the concentration that was seen in the match against CSM Bucuresti two rounds ago, the home team was clearly superior during the whole second half. Krim had better periods in the game and wasn’t easy to break, but the Hungarians kept them in a comfortable distance in the second period. In the last minutes of the game, head coach Ambros Martín gave some playing time to the young players like Tamara Pál, Sára Afentáler, Csenge Fodor and Emőke Varga, and some of them proved they have a lot of potential for the future. Győri Audi ETO KC took a confident, 34-25 victory over the Slovenian champions and grabbed the first place of the group. Their quarterfinal opponent will be an old friend: Buducnost Podgorica.
EHF Champions League – Main Round Group I
Győri Audi ETO KC – Krim Ljubljana 34-25 (17-12)
Győri Audi ETO KC: S. Oftedal 11, N. Groot 7(3), B. Bódi 5, J. Knedlikova 2, Cs. Fodor 2, A. Görbicz 2, A.M. Hansen 2, S. Afentáler 1, Sz. Puhalák 1, Zs. Tomori 1
Krim Ljubljana: A. Koren 9(3), T. Stanko 5, A. Benko 3, N. Zulic 2, O. Perederiy 2, M. Marincek 2, E. Omoregie 1, L. Tsakalou 1
Penalties: 3/6 ; 3/4
Suspensions: 8 minutes ; 8 minutes