Three teams join Lada in the Last 16 of Women´s EHF Cup
FC Midtjylland Handball, HC Zalau and ŽRK Vardar SCBT joined Lada Togliatti on the list of the Women´s EHF Cup Last 16 participants after they succeeded during the first weekend of the Round 3. Twelve more teams will complete the list over the next weekend (16-18 November).
The draw of the last sixteen will take place on 20 November at 11:00 hrs local time in Vienna´s EHF headquarters.
The last season´s runners-up Zalau qualified only after a thrilling double-header with Valur Reykjavík with both matches played in Iceland. The Romanian team lost the Friday game by one goal (23:24), but won on Saturday 22:21 when they were listed as the home team (despite trailing by seven after the first half) and with aggregate score tied (45:45) they qualified thanks to higher number goals scored on the opponents´ court.
Macedonian club ŽRK Vardar SCBT won both matches in Skopje with Greece´s A.C. Loux Patras – 28:19 and 27:16 and also proceeded.
The Danish side FC Midtjylland Handball easily sailed past Spain´s Helvetia Balonmano Alcobendas after winning both matches on the home courts in Ikast. On Saturday the 2002 and 2011 trophy holders won 37:14 in the Sportscenter Ikast and added another clear result on Sunday in the Brande Hallerne 37:18.
Another Danish participant Team Tvis Holstebro, who remained just four goals shy of scoring 100 goals in Round 2, continued with an impressive shooting show against Lugi as they defeated the Swedish hosts in Lund 39:24.
Last season´s Women's EHF Challenge Cup winners HAC Havre from France dominated in the Netherlands against the home team Westfriesland SEW 38:22 as Julie Dozet scored ten goals for visitors.
Three more teams made a huge step towards last sixteen in the first leg as Norway´s Tertnes Bergen beat German team Frankfurter HC 34:22, Slovenia´s RK GEN-I Zagorje defeated Kosovo´s KHF Prishtina 43:22 and Russia´s Astrakhanochka won over Siófok KC-Galerius Fürdö from Hungary 41:28. Annamaria Bogdanovic from the guests´ team became the top scorer of the weekend in the EHF Cup netting 11 goals.
The second Hungarian side ETV-Érdi VSE gained the promising six goal cushion before the second leg as they beat the seeded French club Metz Handball 37:31.
Russia´s Lada Togliatti was the first team qualified for the Last 16. After their Round 3 opponents ASD Sassari Citta dei Candelieri from Italy had withdrawn, the reigning trophy holders were awarded with a default 20:0 win.
Photo: Roland Verebélyi
Find the results of the of the Women´s EHF Cup Round 3, first leg here
TEXT: EHF / br