«dec 2019»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2526272829301
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
303112345
«jan 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
303112345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
272829303112
3456789
«feb 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
272829303112
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
2425262728291
2345678
«mar 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2425262728291
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
303112345
«apr 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
303112345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930123
45678910
«may 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
27282930123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
1234567
«jun 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293012345
6789101112
«jul 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
293012345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
272829303112
3456789
«aug 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
272829303112
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31123456
«sep 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
31123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
2829301234
567891011
«oct 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2829301234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930311
2345678
«nov 2020»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2627282930311
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30123456
AlbaniaAndorraArmeniaAustriaAzerbaijanBelgiumBosnia HerzegovinaBelarusBulgariaCroatiaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkSpainEstoniaFaroe IslandsFinlandFranceGreat BritainGeorgiaGermanyGreeceHungaryIrelandIcelandIsraelItalyKosovoLatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMoldovaNorth MacedoniaMaltaMontenegroMonacoNetherlandsNorwayPolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSloveniaSerbiaSwitzerlandSlovakiaSwedenTurkeyUkraine
 
EnglandScotland
Other EHF Sites 

05.11.2015, 11:30
Buducnost and Sävehof eye main round berths
«Go back »Print Version


GROUP D PREVIEW: After two away wins in the last matchday, Lublin and CSM Bucuresti hope to bounce back
 

Buducnost and Sävehof eye main round berths

While all eyes will be on the Buducnost – CSM Bucuresti derby, it could be the other game, between Sävehof and Lublin, that produces another qualified team.

If both of the away wins are confirmed on home courts, Buducnost and Sävehof will have safe passage through the main round of this year’s competition.

IK Sävehof (SWE) vs MKS Selgros Lublin (POL)
Friday, 6 November, 19:00hrs local time, live on ehfTV.com

A game that promised to be one of the most balanced of the last round became the second most lopsided, as Sävehof earned an impressive victory against Lublin, 34:21.

Not only Lublin recorded one of their biggest defeats ever in the competition in the first game against Sävehof, they nearly lost any chance of proceeding for the main round phase.

“It was a perfect storm even from the start and we could not get on top,” lamented Lublin’s coach, Sabina Wlodek, after last week’s game.

Now, the Polish side have a mountain to climb and it is do-or-die for them in Sweden. A second defeat against Sävehof means that the Swedish side will proceed to the next phase, no matter the results in the last two games.

For starters, Lublin will have to improve their abysmal shooting from the first game, as the Polish side finished with a low 43% shot efficiency. “We were inefficient in attack from the first minutes and that did not change until the end,” added Wlodek.

It is also the defence who will have to be improved for Lublin, a team that had at least 31 goals scored against in each of their first three matches.

Both teams are coming into the game after big wins in their local championships this week. Lublin disposed easily of Piotrcovia Piotrków Trybunalski, 36:23, while Sävehof also earned a 12-goal win, 35:22, against Kristianstad.

Buducnost (MNE) vs CSM Bucuresti (ROU)
Sunday, 8 November, 19:00hrs local time, live on ehfTV.com

If any team were to bounce back and count on their experience after a painful defeat, it should be CSM Bucuresti.

The Romanian champions lead the age average ranking in this year’s Women’s EHF Champions League, with 28,3 years/player. By comparison, Buducnost has an average age of 22,5.

“We have a very young team, but we already know what to do. We are a very good group, we know each other well and Buducnost will not underestimate any opponent”, said Cristina Neagu, the team’s top goalscorer, after the current champions beat CSM 28:22 last weekend.

It was a tough wake-up call for CSM, who won convincingly in the first two matches, against Lublin and Sävehof. It will be even tougher when the Romanian side will feel the pressure of the fans in Moraca.

The first objective for CSM will be to reinforce their defence, after an off-night in the home leg against Buducnost.

The Romanian champions failed to stop Neagu and Bulatovic, who scored 16 goals between them, while Mayssa Pessoa only got going in the second half, as CSM’s goalkeepers provided only two saves in the first 30 minutes last Sunday.

“We have to play better in defence and bring the game to them”, said Cristina Varzaru, one of CSM’s most experienced players, who is in her 13th season in the European premium competition.

Varzaru’s calling was exactly what Bucuresti did in their championship game on Wednesday, when the Romanian champions won against Unirea Slobozia, 28:17.

After losing the first half, 12:10, Bucuresti turned up the pressure, while their opponents could only score a goal in the first 20 minutes of the second part.

But Buducnost are on an 19-game unbeaten streak in the competition and will look to earn their berth for the Main Round with a win on their home court.


TEXT: Adrian Costeiu / br
 
Share
CONTACT FORM