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Rostov took the victory from Budapest

photo: Rostov Don official site
Rostov took the victory from Budapest
Ibolya Szekeres

EHF Women’s Champions League

Quarterfinals

The first quarter-final encounter between FTC and Rostov started with a Russian goal and a Hungarian unfortunate injury of goalkeeper Melinda Szikora, she could not continue the game. Blanka Biro replaced her with success, but Seedoykina in the Russian goal had also a good performance. After ten minutes the two teams had no advantage, 6-6 was the result, FTC operated from the wings, Schatzl scoring three goals, meanwhile, Rostovs scorers were Barbosa, Rodriguez, Dembele, and Vyakhireva. The first lead of two goals after 1-3 was taken by the Russians, 6-8, later 7-9. Hosts managed to level the game 9-9, 10-10, when Van der Heijden entered the court, showing a good offensive capacity, but some minutes later the team of Bougeant has found again the gaps on the Hungarian defensive wall, scoring fro a three-goal lead, 11-14, 12-15. Despite a better Russian period, FTC managed to reduce the gap before the break, halftime result was 15-16.

In the second half of the match, Rostov took a flying start and increased their lead to a more comfortable 16-20, after just three minutes. Pessoa had some good moments in the Russian goal, but after a short period, Sedoykina replaced her in order to perform at a high level, stopping many clear FTC chances. The five-goal lead had Rostov at 17-22, but FTC managed to reduce somehow, scoring mostly on wings, 20-22. Russians scored several times on fast breaks, increasing their advantage again 21-26, Dembele netting for the fifth times in this match. FTC seemed to not have a real leader in this game, they tried to solve the puzzle with a collective performance, but this was simply not enough against a much more sharp Rostov-team. When the team of Gabor Elek came back to 26-28, than Rostov scored three goals, taking back their five-goal lead at 26-31. In the last four minutes Ferencvaros managed to score three times, finishing this game with a two-goal defeat, 29-31.

OBO Arena. Dabas

FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria –  Rostov Don 29 –  31 (15 – 16)

FTC: van der Heijden 4, Schatzl 4, Lukacs 3, Kovacsics 3, Pena 3, Szucsanszki 4, Jovanovic 2, Snelder 3, Meszaros, Hafra, Faluvegi 2, Marton, Hornyak 1,

Rostov: Rodriguez 6, Vyakhireva 8, Managarova 5, Dembele 4, Barbosa 3, Bulatovic 2, Ilina 1, Makeeva 2, Sudakova, Borschenko,

7 meters: 3/2; 3/3

Suspensions: 8 minutes; 10 minutes

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Ibolya Szekeres

Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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