Attacking Master-class lifts Györ to victory
The side, that are one of the surprise packages of the growing season, could only rival the Hungarian power for 35 minutes, together with 2 runs that limited Vipers to only two goals scored lifting Györ to another impressive win.
- The Hungarian side is your fourth largest team to play 200 games from the EHF Champions League, following Buducnost (244), Krim (238) and Larvik (202)
- drama in her home nation, contrary to the Norwegian champion, Stine Oftedal had been Györ’s top scorer, with seven goals
- Györ will confront Odense at the next phase of the contest, while Vipers can earn a DELO WOMEN’S EHF FINAL 4 berth should they eliminate Buducnost
Vipers Kristiansand (NOR) vs Györi Audi ETO KC (HUN) 26:33 (17:17)
Both sides had procured their positions at the standings, however these certainly were motivated to really go for the win. Györ had the ability to expand their 20-match unbeaten series, while another great match would surely boost Vipers’ spirits until their quarter final against Buducnost.
Relying more on defence than in previous games, Györ tried yet more to go all out attack and these were so on firing on all cylinders, carrying a 7:5 guide, together with four players scoring at the first ten minutes.
But a 3:0 streak from Vipers, whose first nine goals were played by seven different players, saw the match turned on its mind, with the side carrying the lead for the first time, 9:8.
It was Györ’s rear court who were at top form for Györ, as playmakers Stine Oftedal and Nycke Groot along with abandoned Eduarda Amorim, that made her comeback after an accident, found easy ways to score.
But it was Norwegian Stine Oftedal who really excelled in her home coming, scoring six days in the first half, yet it wasn’t enough, and the deadlock wasn’t broken at half-time, 17:17.
The 4:1 conduct to start the second half for Györ, spurred back with their rear court, was critical into the match’s outcome — as was a second 5:1 jog for Györ which prompted Vipers to take a time out.
But it was too little, too late, together with Györ producing an abysmal 27:20 lead.
The 33:26 win helped Györ expand their unbeaten streak to 21 matches, which is one shy in their record at the EHF Champions League.
The title holders won the band and certainly can face Odense at the next phase, while Vipers ended 2nd and can meet Buducnost.