Before the last round of the Main Round, both Vardar and Buducnost had their quarterfinal tickets booked: Vardar had already taken the first place while Buducnost could be neither better, nor worse than 4th in Main Round Group I. Vardar was playing without Andrea Lekic, but even without her, they were in control throughout the whole game. Buducnost is not the most comfortable opponent for any team, this was proven once again as they were sticking to their opponent during the whole first half. In the last 10 minutes of the half, Vardar managed to catch some air taking a four-goal lead for the first time in the match (11-15). Buducnost scored one more until the halftime whistle so Vardar took a three-goal lead to the locker room (12-15). Buducnost entered the second half better, and the three-goal guest lead faded away quickly (15-15). However, Vardar woke up quickly after the slow start and after 10 minutes played from the second period, they were back on 3 goals again (18-21). Buducnost was led by Milena Raicevic, while Vardar’s leader was Andrea Penezic – both players netted 10 times in the match. In the remaining time, Vardar kept this comfortable 4-5 goal lead and won the last match of the Main Round. Vardar will meet FCM while Buducnost will face Győri Audi ETO KC in the quarterfinals.
EHF Champions League – Main Round Group II
Buducnost – Vardar 25-30 (12-15)
Buducnost: M. Raicevic 10, S. Premovic 4(3), D. Ujkic 4, D. Jaukovic 3, C. Laslo 2(1), T. Brnovic 2
Vardar: A. Penezic 10, A. Lacrabere 7(5), T. Khmyrova 5, J. Radicevic 4, B. Lazovic 2, D. Cvijic 1, P. Kuznetsova 1
Penalties: 4/7 ; 5/5
Suspensions: 14 minutes ; 12 minutes