After both teams lost the semifinals on Saturday, CSM Bucuresti and Rostov-Don met in the bronze medal match of the EHF FINAL4. The Romanian fans put up a strong backup support for their team as they took the court. Bucuresti started strong in the match of two rather disappointed teams, they took an early lead right from the first minutes (7-2) and Rostov had to run behind once again. CSM was playing fast and effective, scoring many goals from fast breaks and fast finishes – the key of their game that was successfully stopped by Győr yesterday. The gap kept opening up between the two sides (12-5) and Rostov had no real responses to CSM’s speed. Jelena Grubisic was also stable in the Romanian goal and Bucuresti was already 8 goals ahead (16-8). After this, the Russians managed to score fast goals to decrease the gap to four goals (16-12). However, a goal from Iulia Curea and a save from Jelena Grubisic helped CSM survive this tougher period (17-12). These 5 goals remained until the half time whistle – CSM scored in the very last second of the half to make it 19-14.
For the second half, Galina Mekhdieva took the goal of Rostov-Don. In the first 10 minutes of the half, not much changed in the game flow – both teams kept scoring one after the other so the 5 goals became constant between the two sides (25-20). After this, Mekhdieva closed the gates to her goal and CSM wasn’t able to score for long minutes. During this goalless period from the Romanians, Rostov equalized (25-25) and Per Johansson took a time out. Oana Manea scored an important goal to put her team back on track but Rostov managed to put pressure on the opponent. However, some easy mistakes by the Russians put the Romanians back on 3 goals (30-27). With 7 minutes left, Fred Bougeant asked for his third and last time out to grab the last chance to come back into the game but Rostov couldn’t decrease the difference, CSM kept the advantage. The teams entered the last 2 minutes with 31-28 for Bucuresti and a missed chance from Dembele basically put an end to the game. CSM won 31-30 and took the bronze medal.
Women’s EHF Champions League – FINAL4
CSM Bucuresti – Rostov-Don (19-14)
CSM Bucuresti: Ungureanu, Grubisic – Udristoiu 3, Frafjord 1, Gulldén 6, Curea 5, Neagu 3, Jacobsen 1, Jörgensen 7, Ayglon Saurina, Bazaliu, Manea 1, Kurtovic 1, Niombla 2, Hagman, Mehmedovic 1
Rostov-Don: Mekhdieva, Pessoa – Slivinskaya, Managarova 1, Petrova 1, Sen 1, Vyakhireva, Sudakova 5, Makeeva 2, Kalinichenko 4, Dembele 2, Bulatovic 4, Ilina 3, Stepanova, Cabral Barbosa 2, Borschenko 5