SUMMARY: Esbjerg and FTC join Vipers and Györ in Budapest
The four EHF FINAL4 participants were confirmed this weekend in the second leg of the EHF Champions League Women quarter-finals. Vipers Kristiansand and Györi Audi ETO KC took the first two spots; FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria and Team Esbjerg joined them after away victories on Sunday to complete the line-up ready for history in Budapest.
It was a really tough game. It’s always special to come here, it’s one of the hardest away games to play. Bucuresti is a tough team, they will never give up, they will fight hard, and we needed to work really hard to get the win today.
You can feel the audience the whole way. Every time you make a mistake or miss a goal, you know they will just make more noise than they did the last time. So we were really under pressure, but we have a good base and we know what we need to do to win, and we found that in the second half.
We played really bad today, almost everything missed. We missed so many shots in the end and we played stupid in defence. It’s really embarrassing and I’m really disappointed. We needed to be more concentrated during the whole game. We know FTC is an experienced team with a lot of experienced players who play really good. We needed to win this game for all these amazing fans, and we are really sad and disappointed about ourselves and the performance we made today.
This is my dream, why I started to play handball, why I play outside of my country, and we dd not come here to lose. We just fought for what we could today, we did everything, and this is what happened. I’m so happy.
We had some ups and downs during the season, we could play really good, we played really bad, but I know one thing for sure – we fight like hell and we will never give up.
I’m so happy and I’m so proud of us. We’re finally there, we’ve been waiting for this game for so long. Finally we are here, and to do it at home in this arena is amazing.
We couldn’t really play our game today. Our defence was not as good and tough as it was last week, then we also don’t help the goalkeeper so much of course, then you see it’s hard for us to run the counter-attack in which we are quite good. If we don’t have a good defence and don’t have the saves then we cannot run. Then we made a little bit too many technical mistakes.
It was a bit of a rough start, they came with a lot of speed so we were struggling in the first half. But in the second half we really stepped up in defence, and it was really good.
We did what we could, we tried to do our best. It wasn’t enough, of course Vipers were the better team in both games. We had a good season, it was the first time for our team in the Champions League and I am really proud of everything that we did this year.