Les Dragonnes will be the first French team to advance to the semi finals of this continental tournament. CSM Bucuresti certainly will miss the final stage of the competition for first time and finished the season.
After the 5-goal advantage obtained in Bucharest on the initial leg of this quarter finals (26 31 ), Metz played with the house game minus the pressure of needing to chase later CSM Bucuresti on home land.
The game was very even and until the 13th minute, CSM Bucuresti was the lead (5-7), but intentions with Meline Nocandy and Grace Zaadi connected the encounter. For 8-7, Beatrice Edwige, that played her last Champions League game at home as a Metz player, scored on the 21st minute. After that, the squad controlled by Dragan Djukic would trail until the very end of this game. The initial half finished 11-9.
The Romanian side got as close as -1 on many occasions on the second half (15-14, 17-16, 18-17, 22-21), but they were unable to turn around the score. Besides a good performance from Ivana Kapitanovic under the posts (finished with 35% save speed ), Metz took good advantage of the many misses from CSM players that fought, but couldn’t receive near the qualification.
Nocandy was the very best scorer of this game with 6 goals along with Andrea Lekic has been the highest scorer for CSM Bucuresti. Without Amanda Kurtovic, the Cristina Neagu and Dragana Cvijic, the Romanian team finishes a season earlier than expected, after having had to bear with a lot of minor injuries and also a number of training team changes also.
Last year’s DELO Women’s EHF Final 4 will be the first to witness the look of a French team; and will also be the first variant that doesn’t welcome Lekic, Majda Mehmedovic and Jovanka Radicevic, that were the 3 players from CSM who could’t graduated in Budapest for its first time time in the same amount of tournaments. Katarina Bulatovic, by Buducnost, was the other player who would’t achieved exactly the same tally.