Women’s EHF Champions League
- Stine Jørgensen, team-captain for Odense is out due to a knee injury
- Two Norwegians, Bakkerud and Jakobsen have Odense in their squad, both nominated in the wide squad of Norway for EURO 2018, meanwhile, Mari Molid is missing from this squad
- Larvik needs the two points in order to get closer to a Main Round berth
- Odense HC has a wider squad with many experienced players compared to Larvik, which is a young team
Larvik HK started best the match, 1-4, but Odense cracked the code in defense, Wester improved in the goal and the team of Jan Pytlick took back the lead, 7-6, 9-7. Rivas Toft, Molid and Christensen scored for Larvik, meanwhile, Offendal, Bakkerud, and Østergård netted on the Danish side. Larvik did no give up, 10-11 (23.minute), fighting for every ball. Odense had a problem to score in the last ten minutes of the first half when Norwegians managed to run and score on fast breaks. Halftime: 13-14.
The second half brought a better start for the host, Odense taking back the lead quickly, 16-14. The biggest goal-difference in Odense favor was four goals, 22-28, 26-22 and 27-23. This was the final result of the match in an encounter where Larvik showed a good fight, an improved game compared to their earlier matches, but Danish runnerup was simply stronger.
Odense HC – Larvik HK 27 – 23 (13 – 14)
Referees: Christidi/Pappamethou (GRE)
Odense: Wester 1, Reinhardt (GK) – Bækkhøy 1, Cohrt 4, Bakkerud 4, Jakobsen, Quintino, Tranborg 5, Kristensen, Hald 1, Østergård 7 (2), Offendal 3 (2), Højlund 1, Heindahl, Schaffer
Larvik: Rundbråten, Gluic (GK) – Møller 1, Bergum 1, Andenæs 2, Løken 3, Molid 4 (2), Rivas Toft 2, Lund, Ramberg, Roth Berglie 2, Figenschau, Wolff, Hjertner 3, Christensen 5
Suspensions: 4 minutes; 4 minutes
7 meters: 7/4; 3/2