First win for Besancon
It was the clash between two teams still waiting for the first points in the competition. French side wanted to redeem after a clear loss against Sola, while Lokomotiva travelled to France without five standard players but still with the aim to put on a good fight.
It seemed like everything is done when home team hit the nine-goal lead, however fighting spirit of Lokomotiva gave them extra power in last ten minutes closing the gap to only one goal.
- French side started much more confident, Lokomotiva only had Andrea Sedloska in full power, scoring all six Lokomotiva’s goals in first 15 minutes
- Nenad Sostaric’s team paid a price for their lack of experience, ending first half at 41 per cent efficiency, while their opponents were at 62%
- Besancon’s lead grew to nine goals after 37 minutes
- Lokomotiva closed the gap in last ten minutes of the match, mainly with Josipa Mamic’s goals, reducing the gap from four to only one goal
- Sebastien Mizoule’s squad recorded first win after three rounds played, Lokomotiva remain at zero
Lokomotiva’s bright star
Even though they lost against Besancon, Lokomotiva can be proud of their young team. One of their bright stars was 18-year old Andrea Sedloska. Macedonian left back was a key player for her team, playing like she was much more experienced than she really is. Sedloska enjoyed her time on the court and found the back of the net 11 times.
Sedloska joined Lokomotiva in 2020/21 season from Vardar after her family changed the address. Her father Goce, former Macedonian national team football player, became a coach in Dinamo Zagreb academy.
Sebastien Mizoule, Besancon coach: "I am happy for our win because we lost our first two EHF European League games. We did some very good things but I have mixed feelings. We had a nine-goal lead and I thought I could count on all the players but the rotations didn't bring what I wanted. It's still a good night and a good win. I knew the Croatians would be always fighting. But I'm happy that we have won."
Juliette Faure, Besancon centre back: "This victory is logical considering the way the match went. We didn't think we would get a gap so quickly. It's a pity because we are stronger in defence but we were afraid at the end. But it's finally a first victory."
Marko Bubalo, Lokomotiva coach: "We came with four players from the young team. The average age of our team was 20.5 years. In this group anyone can beat anyone. The ones who qualify will be the ones who make the least mistakes."
Andrea Simara, Lokomotiva left back: "We learned a lot from this match. It's the first game I've played so much and I'm proud of the team for showing character."