FTC’s backs shine to extend unbeaten run

EHF / Adrian Costeiu

FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria extended their unbeaten streak in group A of the DELO EHF Champions League 2021/22 to five games with a hard-fought 28:27 win against Brest Bretagne Handball. In the process, the Hungarian champions joined Rostov-Don on eight points.

FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria (HUN) vs Brest Bretagne Handball (FRA) 28:27 (15:17)

  • there were six lead changes in the first half, but Brest ended the half with a 3:0 run that propelled them to a 17:15 lead at the break
  • but the Hungarian champions jumped the gun in the second half with a 6:3 run and never relinquished their lead
  • FTC are now on a six-game unbeaten run in the DELO EHF Champions League, two shy of their longest streak in Europe's premier competition, while Brest suffered their third consecutive away loss this season
  • Brest right wing Alicia Toublanc had her best outing in a DELO EHF Champions League match, scoring eight goals
  • the hosts secured their best start in the competition since the 2015/16 season, when they won five games and drew another in the group phase

FTC find new ways to keep up with the top sides

For all FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria's speed and free-flowing attacking spirit, a stellar game from their back line earned them a hard-fought, old school win against Brest. 

German left back Emily Bölk, influential in both attack and defence, shone with eight goals, while Katrin Klujber (six goals) and Szandra Szöllosi-Zácsik (five goals) were close behind.

It was a good game. FTC was really strong in attack and had big goals from back players. It is difficult now because we played well, fought a lot in defence, wanted to play fast, but winning was not possible.
Pablo Morel
Brest Bretagne Handball head coach
It was a good game for the fans but not for us: the coaches on the bench. We suffered less goals in the second half, that was the key to the game and the goals of our back players, as my colleague said.

Gabor Elek
FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria head coach

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