Dazzling Dmitrieva sends CSKA to Budapest

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#DELOEHFCL Quarter-finals second leg CSKA vs CSM Bucuresti 24:19 (12:11) 51:51 on aggregate – CSKA win on away goals By Chris O’Reilly Before the match For all their apparent dominance in the first leg last week, CSM Bucuresti came away with a solid but not unassailable 32:27 lead heading into Sunday’s clash. As goalkeeper Jelena Grubisic said, CSM had to …

Vipers return to the FINAL4

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#DELOEHFCL Quarter-finals second leg Rostov Don – Vipers Kristiansand  23:23 (11:12) Total: 50:57   By J. Schuetz   Before the Match The injury list remained unchanged for both teams. Rostov had a mountain to climb and were facing a 7-goal deficit after the first leg match, a day earlier. The Result A 6:1 run in the first ten minutes was …

FINAL4 Calling

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#DELOEHFCL Quarter-finals first leg Vipers Kristiansand – Rostov Don  34:27 (19:12)   By J. Schuetz   Before the Match Given the ongoing Covid pandemic and quarantine restrictions Vipers agreed to play back-to-back quarterfinal matches in Rostov. Although Rostov’s left wing, Kristina Kozhokar, was listed on the team sheet she did not play and neither did Polina Kuznetsova and Anna Vyakhireva.  …

CSM not home and dry, despite dominance

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#DELOEHFCL Quarter-finals first leg CSM Bucuresti vs CSKA  32:27 (20:12) By Chris O’Reilly Before the match Both teams flirted with elimination in the previous round, CSM surviving a second-leg comeback by Valcea and CSKA turning things around against Krim, but now found themselves 120 minutes away from the DELO EHF FINAL4. That was not enough to keep Jan Leslie in …

Player Ratings – Montenegro vs Romania

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Olympic Qualification Tournament – Podgorica Montenegro vs Romania 25:28 (15:15) By Chris O’Reilly Montenegro are off to Tokyo this summer, despite losing to Romania on Sunday. In a match where the home side looked certain to win, they suffered a ludicrous collapse in the final five minutes before escaping with a three-goal loss, while Romania were left to rue wasted …

“This was the longest second half I’ve ever experienced”

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Olympic Qualification Tournament – Podgorica Montenegro vs Romania 25:28 (15:15)   By J. Schuetz Before the Match Romania needed a five-goal win and score more than 30 goals against the host after their loss on Saturday versus Norway.  In this case the 2020 EURO champions would not make it to the Olympics scheduled for later this summer. The Controversy In …

Courageous fight by Odense but Vipers go to quarterfinals

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#DELOEHFCL Round of Last 16 Second Leg Odense HB vs Vipers Kristiansand 26:30 (14:19) Vipers win 65:62 on aggregate   By J. Schuetz   Before the Match After the first leg match a week ago and the narrow win, Odense was facing an uphill battle as Ayaka Ikehara (right wing), Rikke Iversen (line player) and Mie Hojlund (center back) extended …