In the last round of the Champions League, ETO had a return match against Rostov. After a difficult start, ETO had got energized by the end of the game. In the second half, ETO was playing an energetic game and advanced to the master rounds.
The court players are Görbicz, Korsós, Amorim, Broch, Groot and Bódi with Kiss in the net. The first goal of the encounter is shot by Görbicz. Managarova equalizes in the 3rd round, then Rostov takes the lead in the 5th minute thanks to Makeeva. Korsós gets to the ground in the 6th minute, her injured knee hurts. The second ETO goal is scored by Mörk. Bódi scores the 3rd one in the beginning of the 7th minute. The Russian equalize in the 10th minute from an immediate attack. Broch takes the lead, but the reply comes soon from Grigel. Mörk comes with another goal, then Barbosa is successful from the Russian team, still draw. Puhalák scores too in the 13th minute, ETO takes the lead, then Russia equalizes again, Broschenko scores the 6th Russian goal. Rostov takes the lead by Chernoivanenko’s goal. Slivinskaya wants to stop Groot, but the referees suspend her. Puhalák immediately takes advantage of their missing player and scores from the left side. Then Győr gets two goals scored by Barbosa and Dembele, then Broch reduces the difference. Petrova gets the ball and scores from pivot. Tóth scores her first goal too, then Vyakhireva is unstoppable on the right side, Kendlikova scores to Lunde. Petrova gets suspended, Tóth immediately finds the whole on the wall, the reply comes from Makeeva, then Broch scores, then Vyakhireva gets suspended. Mörk scores the first penalty of the half. Rostov requests a timeout 4 minutes before the end. Then Groot performs a quick body trick and scores her second goal and then another one. (15-12)
Amorim scores the first goal of the half increasing the advantage to 4. Kiss saves beautifully in the net. Hársfalvi gets suspended, then Amorim blasts two goals in a row. Broschenko scores the first Russian penalty, ETO is leadin 20-15, when Rostov requests a timeout. Hársfalvi tricks Lunde, then Orbán scores followed by Görbicz. Kiss shows her tricks in the second half too. Makeeva reduces the difference in the 20th minute, then Kendlikova replies, then Rostov comes with another. Görbicz scores a penalty then two more goals in a row. Managarova scores 2 goals, then Pál from the youth scores her first CL goal. Standing ovation in the arena. Mörk scores another one, then Managarova replies, then Kendlikova sets the final result (32-25) ETO advances to the Master Round with six points and unbeaten at home.
Ambros Martín: Emotions are twirling inside related to the performance of the team. I’m very worried about Korsós, we don’t know how serious her injury is. Rostov played really good today, they were a hard opponent. We played confidently after some mistakes in the beginning. We could increase the advantage in the second half gradually so we were calmer in this part of the game. The first part of the CL has come to an end, we have to be content. Our team had to deal with extra mental and physical work. Now the national team period is coming and we will return stronger and more determined. Merry Christmas to everyone. – said the head coach of ETO.
Jan Leslie: We came to win, but obviously we couldn’t. We could reach our goals in the first half, the 3-goal disadvantage was due to a series of unlucky situations. We started weaker in the second half and we couldn’t take advantage of the situations so we missed taking the lead. Despite this, the team was really organized and fought hard without our key players. We are not satisfied but it’s a fact. Good luck to Ambros Martin.
Makeeva Kseniya: Congratulations to ETO. We played well in the first half, but made some mistakes, however, our defense was very good. We lost, but we functioned as a real team, at least we can see how to improve.
Yvette Broch: Of course, I’m satisfied, and I’m very happy, we are filled with good feelings going to the nationalteam. We had some mistakes that Rostov could take advantage of, but we can be satisfied.