GROUP C REVIEW: German team Thüringer HC secured a spot in the EHF Champions League Main Round after they drew with Krim and Györ beat Podravka
Thüringer HC progress after draw with Krim while Györ top group
Herbert Müller’s Thüringer HC squad did not have an easy task. They could not let Krim win in Germany.
The difference did not change significantly until the last few minutes as Krim always had an answer to THC’s goals.
However, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, they managed to grab one point at home after they lost in the first four rounds and finished group C with three points for wild celebrations at their end, although they will all be watching the final match of the group as Győri Audi ETO KC play against the other three-point team, Podravka Vegeta later today.
Györi Audi ETO KC (HUN) vs HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO) 37:17 (17:9)
Only six minutes after the start, Podravka coach Nenad Smiljanec had to call a timeout as Györ had already scored six goals and set the pace up high.
ETO's defensive wall was diamond-hard and thanks to a great performance by Eva Kiss, Podravka had a goalless period of six minutes.
With their future in the EHF Champions League at stake, Podravka changed in their third goalkeeper just before half-time.
However with Kari Grimsbø between the Györ posts, the hosts started the second half with three quick goals which decided the match as the difference increased to 11. Podravka's fans had to wait 12 minutes until their side scored again.
Györ conceded only eight goals in the second half, but scored 20 to secure their unbeaten record in the group matches. They finish with 12 points, the highest-scoring team of all groups, while Podravka drop out.
With these two points, Györ decided the question of the round and Thüringer HC will join Krim to continue in the EHF Champions League.
TEXT: Bela Muller/amc & jh
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