DELO Womens EHF CL, play-offs
Vipers Kristiansand – Odense HC 35 – 36 (16 – 17)
Referees: Smailagic, Smailagic (SWE)
Topscorers: Reistad 10, Sulland 8, Arntzen 4, Jonassen 4 (Vipers) and Abbingh 9, Iversen 6, Quintino 5 (Odense)
The first leg of this play-off should have been played in Kristiansand, but the Norwegians pandemic restrictions do not allow to play matches in the country so Vipers had to find another option for a home-court.
Vipers had to play without Heidi Løke, Nora Mørk, Silje Waade, and Karoline Olsen, all of them injured for longer or shorter periods. In addition, Vipers did not have any domestic matches this year, they have only played their CL games when they have decided to take on a tour around Europe.
Since there are no spectators these times at the matches the home-court has no many advantages, and Vipers played in Ikast against Odense. It was a match with loads of scorings, running, fast play, where the two teams followed each other tightly, and Odense won by one goal at the end.
The encounter is still totally open, next week in Odense will be a fierce clash in order to decide which team will qualify to the quarter-finals.