DELO Women’s EHF Champions League
Flying start av Vipers sends the Norwegians to lead 3-0. Metz has problems with returns and defense, Løke scored quickly 4 goals and Vipers had an 8 -5 advantage. This moment was Mayonnades timeout-call, which seemed to be efficient as Metz came back 8-8 then 8-9. Vipers managed to stay close, 9-9, 10-10, but Metz just shifted the gear and ran from Vipers, 11-15, 14-17. Half time 17-21. Flippes, Sajka, Zaadi or NGouan were the main scorers for Metz, and Løke, Tomac, Dahl or Aune for Vipers.
In the second half, Metz started better, increased the lead to six then eight goals, 20-28. In the Norwegian goal the Chinese goalkeeper Yurou got playing time, but with no success. Gjekstad took his timeout and expressed his irritation about the bad defense and nonfunctional attack. Pedersen got back to the Vipers goal and had some important saves, helping her team to reduce the gap and make a phenomenal comeback, 28-30 (45.minute), 31 – 32 (51.minute). With a massively improved defense and goalkeeper performance, and with the crackers of CL-debutant Ragnhild Valle Dahl (7 goals)(21), led by Emile Hegh-Arntzen, scoring 8 goals also, Vipers managed to level the game in the dying minute of the match, keeping one point home. Metz made a fantastic thirty minutes, but this was not enough to win in Kristiansand. Despite Grace Zaadi’s 12 goals, the French powerhouse got only one point here.
Vipers Kristiansand – Metz Handball 38 – 38 (17 – 21)
Referees: Antic, Jakovlevic (SRB)
Vipers: Pedersen(19%), Yurou (0%) – Hegh-Arntzen 8 (4), Løke 6, Tomac 6, Dahl 7, Aune 3, Waade 5, Refsnes 1, Sulland 1 (1), Andenæs, Næss Andersen 1, Morais
Metz: Kapitanovic (21%), Portes – Zaadi 12, Sajka 4, Flippes 3, Peredery 5, NGouan 4, Kanor 5, Nocandy 1, Houette 1, Maubon 1, Luciano, Burgaard 2, Di Rocco, Bouktit
7 meters: 5/4; 1/0
Suspensions: 2 minutes; 8 minutes