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Győri Audi ETO KC defended the Champions League title

photo: Márta Kállai
Győri Audi ETO KC defended the Champions League title
Ibolya Szekeres

Women’s EHF FINAL4, Papp László Sportarena, Budapest

Final

After winning their semifinals on Saturday, Győri Audi ETO KC (26 – 20 against CSM Bucuresti) and Vardar (25 – 19 against Rostov Don) the two teams will re-edit last years final. Defending champions from Győr have the support of their fans and Hungarian spectators in the Papp László Sportaréna, meanwhile, Vardar will play their last game together as a team before they will be dismembered. Both teams have huge motivations an reasons, at Győr, this will be Ambros Martin’s last game in the CL with the team, as the Spanish coach will leave Győr at the end of the season, he is heading to Rostov.

Győri Audi ETO KC –  HC Vardar  27 – 26; 24 – 23 ; 20 – 20 (9 – 9)

Goals:

Győri Audi ETO KC: Grimsbö, Kiss – Afentáler, Hansen 3, Mörk, Görbicz 3 (2), Pál, Oftedal 2, Amorim 6, Althaus, Groot 8 (3), Borch, Fodor, Bódi 4, Gonzalez

Vardar: Suslina, Leynaud – Radicevic 4(1), Klikovac, Sazdovska, Kuznetzova 2, Lazovic 3, Penezic 3, Keramichieva, Canadija 2, Lacrabére 3 (1), Khmirova, Cvijic 1, Lekic 6, Petrovic, Ristovska 2

7 meters: 6/5; 5/2

Suspensions: 12 minutes; 8 minutes

The final started with a compact Győr defense as in the semifinal, the Hungarian wall was not allowing so much for Vardar players. Leynaud and Grimsbø got into the game and after 16 minutes played Győr had a 7-4 lead, where Groot, Broch, Amorim, Hansen, and Oftedal were efficient, on the opposite side of the court Lekic, Penezic and Lacrabere were the most dangerous players to Grimsbøs goal. After a timeout from Vardar bench, the Macedonians managed to play more patiently in attack and moved the Hungarian wall in a way to be able to find corridors to the goal. Ristovska replaced Radicevic on the right wing and she scored two very important goals when Vardar leveled the game at 7-7. After Ambros Martins timeout in  25.minute of the match, Kuznetsova netted for the first Vardar lead in the final, 7-8. Romanian fans were rooting for the Macedonian team, securing the tense atmosphere in the hall. Lekic was suspended for 2 minutes and Győr managed to level the match from the rightwing, when Bódi scored, 8-8. Penezic made it to a new Vardar lead 8-9 with a long distance shoot, but Görbicz finalized the halftime result from a 7 meter, 9-9.

The second half was started much better by Vardar, with a fantastic defense and Amandine Leynaud continued with an impressive performance in the goal. Vardar scored two goals, 9-11 meanwhile Gyor did not manage to put the ball behind Leynaud for 8 minutes.10-11, 11-13, then 13-13 was the evolution of the result, Anne Mette Hansen scoring two important goals for Győr. Görbicz scored from leftwing for a new lead, but Penezic equalized immediately 14-14. Leynaud saved a 7 m against G0rbicz and the match was draw all the time, 15-15, 16-16, 17-17 (25.minute). Gyor took the lead 18-17, but after Anja Althaus get suspended Lazovic leveled the game again, 18-18 and the Slovenian right back scored also for the lead, 18-19. Nycke Groot netted from the 7-meter line again, but Lekic got the lead for Vardar twenty minutes before the end, 19-20. Ambros Martin took his second time-out and right after that Amorim scored for the draw, 20-20. Nine seconds when Vardar called their third timeout and tried to win the match in the dying seconds but Győr managed to stop them so the match went to extra times again, like last year. The result after the regular time: 20 – 20

Extra times:

First 5 minutes:

Amorim scored, then Radicevic equalized from 7-meter. New lead for Győr with a new Amorim-goal, 22-21. After an attacking fault from Groot, Lekic leveled the match again, 22-22, Amorim took back the lead 23-22, playing amazing and Canadija netted from the line player position, 23-23. In the last seconds, Bódi took the lead for her team from a fastbreak, 24-23.

Second 5 minutes:

At the beginning of the second half of the extra times, Groot increased the lead from 7-meter, 25-23, then Bódi made it 26-23. Lazovic reduced fast the gap  26-24, then Canadija ran in a fast break 26 25, but the unstoppable Amorim scored again 27-25. Kiss saved a ball from Penezic, than Lekic scored again, 27-26. Stine Oftedal missed the ball in the last attack of Győr and  Vardar get the chance to make it draw again, but a cool-headed save from Éva Kiss secured the victory for Győr again!!!!

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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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