ETO hosted the danish team, Nykøbing in the second round of the Main Round of the Champions League. Our team started confidently in the first half and they increased their lead during the whole match, and got their two points at the end. However, ETO couldn’t enjoy their victory because Nora Mörk suffered a seemingly serious injury - we will keep you informed about her state.
Final result: 32-23
ETO started the match with the combination of Görbicz, Tomori, Groot, Broch, Mörk and Bódi with Grimsbö at the net. The first goa of the match was scored by Groot, then Westberg equalized. Mörk came with the second goal, and after a some-minute uneventful period, Görbicz scored another one. Groot scored 2 more goals and the lead got increased to 3 (5-2). The opponent worked hard to catch up with ETO and they decreased the difference to 2 after Mörk had scored another goal. The ding-dong fight continued and the result in the 18th minute was 7-6. Then Krisitansen equalized 8 minutes before the end of the first half, then ETO took the lead by 3 goals again. Grimsbö saved brilliantly, strengthening the defense and Groot bursted a goal into the opponent’s net. Görbicz scored a 7-mete throw and half a minute before the end Ambros Martín requested a timeout. Tomori scored from the attack and Győr finished the first half with a 5 goal lead.
Half time result: 14-9.
Westberg scored the first goal in the second half, then Mörk and Bódi replied increasing the lead to 6 for the first time. Ikeahar, Mörk, Pedersen and Broch scored and the difference remained. (18-12). Kiss saved a 7-meter throw and got a standing ovation from the spectators. After Mörk had scored her 8th goal, she fell on the floor badly, she was taken off from the court with hurting knee. Goals were scored by both teams but the difference stayed, then Groot and Broch increased the lead to 8, 7 minutes before the end. (28-20) After Görbicz’s 2-minute suspension Kendlikova increased the difference to 10 then Westberg scored the last goal of the match.
Final result: 32-23
Number of spectators: 5116
Jakob Larsen: “We expected a serious match, I wanted my team to fight. ETO performs fantistically in one on one play, our goal was to keep the match tight. It is really hard to win a game where we face such a great goalkeeper performance. Győr did great, and I wish Nora Mörk a soon recovery.
Celine Lundbye Kristiansen: “This was a tough match and we gained a lot of experience. It was great to play in front of a great audience with a superb atmosphere. We are on the right track, but we have to fight a lot to reach good results.”
Ambros Martin: “First, I would like to congratulate Nykobing, they fought well today. It was not an easy victory for us at all, even if the 9 goals shows this. We had to fight hard today, when we stopped fighting they started to get closer. Our defense and the performance of our goalies were excellent so we could be effective. It’s not easy for us due to Nora’s injury, but I hope it will make us even stronger. This is the time for us to work as a team, because we want to achieve what we have planned for the season.”
Kari Aalvik Grimsbö: “We took our opponent very seriously, I was nervous and excited before the match. I tried to do my best and control the defense and I think it worked. We played against a great opponent, who didn’t let us relax, we had to concentrate the whole time. I’m aware that we will have a tough match in Denmark.”