Champions League

FTC got the victory after thriller when facing Vipers

photo: FTC facebook
FTC got the victory after thriller when facing Vipers
Ibolya Szekeres

In Group D of the Champions League, FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria met Vipers Kristiansand, this time in another home-arena, in Érd. In the first half, FTC got early a three-goal lead 7-4, 8-5, 9-6 –  and seemed that the Hungarian girls had the control of the match already in this early stage. Vipers had to experience one of their biggest fear when in the first minutes Lunde got injured after a collision with Kovacsics and the 38-year-old hat to take a break, but she could continue after a while. FTC had a good pace and Kovacsics, Snelder, Pena, and Hafra were efficient, meanwhile, Bíró had a good performance in the goal. The host had a seven-goal advantage at 17 – 10, but the first half ended 17-14.

photo: Terje Refsnes

In the second half, Vipers changed their defense, it got more compact and focused in front of FTC’s one against one playing system and Hungarians were forced to shoot from distance, which was more favorable for Lunde, showing a serious improvement in the Norwegian goal. Reistad, Sulland, Kristensen, and Kristiansen managed to put the ball behind Bíró and Vipers equalized at 23-23, after being down with four goals, 23-19.

A new match has started twelve minutes before the end, Vipers had the lead 24-25 (Kristensen scored), then FTC took back the advantage with a Snelder scoring, 25-26. Vipers scored fro a draw two minutes before the end by Reistad and had the attack to decide the match, but Kovacsics was very awake as always, has stolen the ball and scored on a fastbreak, keeping the two points home for her team in a match where we saw very controversial halves from both teams. Final result: 27 – 26.

FTC Rail-Cargo Hungaria –  Vipers Kristiansand 27 – 26 (17 –  14)

Referees: J.Bonaventura/Ch,Bonaventura (FRA)

Goals:

FTC: Bíró, Szemerey – Kovacsics 7(3), Snelder 6, Pena 5(4), N.Háfra 5, Schatzl 2, Lukács 1, Mészáros 1, Hornyák, Márton, Faluvégi, Klivinyi, Farkas, Háfra L.

Vipers: Lunde, Fagerheim – Sulland 6(2), Reistad 5, Kristiansen 4, AUne 3, Kristensen 3, Jonassen 3, Tomac 1, Hegh-Arntzen 1. Refsnes, Yttereng, Næs ANdersen, Olsen, Waade

7 meters: 8/7; 2/2

Suspensions: 6 minutes; 16 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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