SEMI-FINAL REVIEW: The second Women’s EHF Champions League 2018/19 Semi-final saw a tough battle between Metz and Rostov, with the Russian side edging their opponents by two goals
Rostov survive Metz comeback to reach first ever final
Rostov-Don won the thrilling second semi-final of the DELO WOMEN'S EHF FINAL4 in Papp Laszlo Arena on Saturday afternoon, thereby qualifying for the Women’s EHF Champions League trophy match for the first time in their club’s history.
Rostov coach Ambros Martin, who steered Györ to four titles in six years, commented: "This week was very good for us. We could simulate every situations during the trainings and that is why we could control the game from the beginning. In the second half, Metz pushed so hard and we missed some chances so we made them confident. The key for the win was our teamwork."
The French side are widely known for their exceptional defence, but it was Rostov that won that battle in the first half. Rostov’s Anna Sedoykina had a great opening 30 minutes in goal, winning the fight between the posts against Laura Glauser as she saved at a huge 53 per cent.
Grace Zaadi was a powerful factor for Metz, tallying a total of nine goals and leading the comeback in attack. Rostov’s Ksenia Makeeva received her third two-minute suspension with the last quarter beginning, as her team just held the edge at 19:17.
"I am very sad that we could not qualify to the finals. We prepared for this game and I do not want to blame our lack of experience for this defeat. Our team had a really good season. Rostov played very well especially in the first half and they did not let us play our game. I am very proud of our performance in the second half, we could show what we are capable of," Zaadi said.
TEXT: Courtney Gahan / ew
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