Hungarian team Győri Audi ETO KC have triumphed in the women’s handball Champions League by defeating its Macedonian opponent Vardar Skopje 31:30 in Budapest on Sunday.
In front of the sold-out crowd of 12.000 spectators in the Papp László Budapest Sportarena the team with the best defence of the competition prevailed over the best attacking side and the newcomers in the final, the tournament’s official website reported. “It was almost just like last year, but the better team has won. Great defence and good enough offence, that was what we needed. We wanted to be in the final of the FINAL4 but with a little difference: We wanted to win,” Győr coach Ambros Martin was quoted as saying.
After victories in 2013 and 2014, the Hungarian team won the Champions League for the third time. CSM Bucuresti finished in third place and Butucnost Podgorica in fourth.
EHF WOMEN’S HANDBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL FOUR GYŐRI AUDI ETO KC– VARDAR SKOPJE 31–30 (15–12, 26–26, 29–28) – after extra time
Papp László Budapest Sportaréna, attendance: 12 000; referee: Christiansen, Hansen (Denmark)
GYŐR: GRIMSBÖ – Bódi 2, N. MÖRK 6, GROOT 6, Broch 2, Amorim 3, GÖRBICZ 7 (3). Subs: Kiss É. (goalkeeper), TOMORI 3, Knedlíková 2, Al-Gaui, Hársfalvi
VARDAR: Leynaud – RADICSEVICS 4, Lazovics 1, LEKICS 4, Covic, Penezic 4, Mavsar 3 (1). Subs: Szuszlina, Pessoa (goalkeepers), LACRABERE 6 (3), ALTHAUS 6, Herrem 2, Hmirova, A. Klikovac.
Sentoff: 12 and 10 minutes
Penalties: 3/3 and 5/4