women’s handball; Győri Audi ETO KC; FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria;
Győr Audi ETO KC, as hosts, surprisingly lost 28-24 to the French team Metz HB in the third round of the women’s handball Champions League group stage, on Saturday.
The last time the Győrs lost as a host in the BL was on October 25, 2015, when the Danish Midtjylland defeated them 26-21.
Result, group stage, round 3, group B:
Győr Audi ETO KC-Metz HB (French) 24-28 (14-18)
shots/goals: 38/24 and 46/28 respectively
goals from seven meters: 4/4 and 4/1
exhibitions: 4 and 16 minutes, respectively
Jelena Despotovic, Kari Brattset, and Line Haugsted were missing from the team of Győri, and although Stine Oftedal was named for the match, he could not play because he was hit in the face during one of the training sessions and felt severe pain.
The lack of a world-class manager was initially evident in his team’s performance. At 6-9 in the 13th minute, head coach Ambros Martín was forced to call a timeout because Metz was more focused in both attack and defense, which took advantage of home mistakes. The interruption of the game did not help either, the difference continued to grow, and the French team did not have a difficult time on quite a few occasions, as they scored easy goals after the domestic turnovers.
In the 24th minute, with a 14-8 deficit, Martín asked for a time-out for the second time, and since his team had a better start in the first half, Metz was “only” 18-14 ahead at the break.
At the beginning of the second act, the situation did not improve from the domestic point of view, Metz hardly had a weak point, so they already led 22-15. ETO had a man advantage twice in a row, winning the first 2-0, but in the second they gave the ball away twice. The third timeout didn’t help either, because the match was decided at 19-27 ten minutes before the end. ETO, which made a lot of mistakes, reduced its deficit in the first half, but it had no chance to equalize against the guests, who played handball at a high level almost throughout.
For the hosts, Anne Mette Hansen was the most successful with five goals, on the other side Chloé Valentini scored seven. Among the goalkeepers, Sandra Toft from Győr performed the best with eight saves.
In the tenth BL match between the two teams against each other, Metz won for the second time in addition to eight successes in Győr.
ETO, with two wins and one loss, will host Lokomotiva Zagreb of Croatia on October 9, while Ferencváros, with one win and two losses, will continue its performance in the BL group stage at the home of Slovenian Krim Mercator Ljubljana on the same day.
Group A: FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria – Brest Bretagne (France) 20-21 (9-12)
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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