Odense through to semi-finals after thriller
Odense Håndbold are ready for the semi-finals of the Women’s EHF Cup, but they were unable to decide the tie against Handball Club Lada until the very last minute.
Still, though a 34:30 win, the Danish team are through 62:61 on aggregate.
- Odense were leading by five early in the second half, but Lada ensured a tense finale ensued
- Odense will take on reigning champions Siófok KC Hungary in the semi-final
- Ingvild Bakkerud scored six goals for Odense, Valeria Kirdiasheve seven for Lada
QUARTER-FINAL, SECOND LEG
Odense Håndbold (DEN) vs Handball Club Lada (RUS) 34:30 (20:16)
In the beginning, Lada defended their 31:28 lead from the first match well, leading by a goal or two, but towards the end of the high-scoring first half, Odense took over and led by four at the break.
Odense opened the second half by increasing their lead to five goals a couple of times, but Lada fought back and cut the deficit to a single goal on a couple of occasions.
Odense went four ahead again, and when Mie Højlund made it 34:29 with 27 seconds left, the matter was decided and the Danish club booked a semi-final date against defending champions Siófok.
“We knew it would be a tough match because we know it is a really strong team that we had to meet.
“I think we got a fighting win today and that we as a team did it. Everyone fought so hard and everyone did their part, which is why we got the win today,” said Højlund.