Women’s EHF Champions League
Quarter finals, first leg
FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria – Rostov Don 26 – 29 (13 – 14)
Topscorers: Katrin Klujber, Noemi Hafra (FTC) 7 goals each and Yulia Managarova (Rostov) 7 goals
Absences: Danick Snelder, Djurdina Malovic, Dóra Hornyák (FTC) and Anna Vyakhireva, Ana Paula Rodriguez (Rostov)
In the first leg of the quarterfinals in the Women’s EHF Champions League Rostov Don took a secure victory in Hungary against FTC. The young Hungarian team showed a good fighting spirit, but there combinative attacking play seemed powerless in front of the rock hard Russian defense. Ambros Martin, the head coach of Rostov knows very well FTC and he prepared a special defensive system against them which seemed to be successful. Rostov was in lead during the first half, but FTC managed to equalize at the end, Russians went to the break with a slight one-goal advantage.
In the second half FTC managed to fight back and led by Háfra and Pena, Hungarians took back the lead for a short period in the match, but as a quick response, Ambros Martin called a timeout and adjusted the defensive system in a way that stopped again the hosts. Managarova scored 7 goals and Rostov won the match by three goals advantage, which may be enough for them to make it to the Final4 again. FTC has to improve a lot if they want to turn over the quarterfinals and qualify to the Final4 in Budapest.