Romanian women handball team Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea won the first game of the season in the Champions League groups, beating RK Krim Mercator (Slovenia) 35-21 (16-13) in an away game on Saturday, according to eurohandball.com.
Coach Radu Voina´s team collected two important away points, whilst Krim will have a tough time if they aim to reach the semi-final of this year’s edition of the EHF Champions League.
Quick attacks followed, paying little regard to defensive work on either side, but neither of the teams could increase the lead to a greater margin.
The returning Luminita Dinu-Hutupan in the Oltchim goal started several counter attacks that resulted in goals, but the 40-year-old veteran had massive problems blocking the sharp shots of the Krim back line. The Oltchim defensive wall didn’t help their goalkeeper much either.
“We started on the right foot and that’s very good. It’s the first game that Oltchim wins here, we’re all glad, but we have to remain down to earth. It’s the first game in the group. We fought hard in defence and the girls badly wanted to win, they were confident and they fought. They have proven that they are a real team. Everything is wonderful when it ends with a win, not to mention the manner in which we have won. We no longer need to remind ourselves of how many players the team is missing, but this is what being a team means, to win when it’s difficult,” Voina stated for Digi Sport.
“I was nervous to play in Krim, the place that was home away from home for six years in my career. I’ve helped the girls out today, I congratulate them and the coaches for the brilliant way in which they’ve prepared this game. Let’s not talk about the semifinals so early, we still have five games to play. We’re thinking about the next game and then we’ll see,” player Luminita Hutupan Dinu stated.