Staggering Rostov sweep Metz
Last week, coach Per Johansson concluded that his team, Rostov-Don, beat Bietigheim by pure luck.
But the Russian club have learned from their mistakes and came out roaring against Metz, with luck no longer an issue. Their convincing 30:26 win puts them top of the standings for now, ahead of Vipers Kristiansand's match against Team Esbjerg on Sunday.
Rostov-Don (RUS) vs Metz Handball (FRA) 30:26 (16:12)
- a 6:1 run spurred by former Metz centre back Grace Zaadi helped Rostov open a 15:11 lead, with Metz able to score only once for much of the second quarter
- a new-look Rostov impressed with their fast-paced game, scoring three goals via fast breaks in the first half
- Metz’s away woes continued this season, as the French side lost their second away game in a row
- Rostov leapfrog Vipers to first place in the standings, with seven points after four matches; Metz are still third, with four points in four games
- despite choosing to play a fast-paced game, Rostov scored an impressive 17 goals via their back line, or 56 per cent of their total of 30
Zaadi inflicts pain on her former team
After 10 seasons wearing Metz's shirt – her entire senior career – Grace Zaadi decided to move on this summer and joined Rostov. The 27-year-old centre back needed a few games to get going, but she looks the perfect fit for the Russian side.
Against her former team, Zaadi scored five goals and dished out three assists, while also looking sharp in defence, where she recorded one steal. More of this and Rostov will become one of the teams to beat this season.
We showed good speed, but the first half was not good. We missed fast breaks from Metz, but then we started to act more disciplined. We showed character and I’m satisfied.
It was a very hard game for us. We did not play as we planned, we made a lot of mistakes.