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June 25, 2022

Handball CL: Big guns Oltchim and Gyor march on in grand style

Champions League’s top two contenders to capture the elusive trophy enjoyed superb performances and emphatic wins over their rivals, with Romania’s Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea strolling to success at Buxtehuder SV (34-15) while Hungarian side Gyori Audi  ETO engineered a clinical five-goal win against U Jolidon Cluj (30-25), eurohandball.com informsAfter these games, two players of the Romanian teams are nr 1 and nr 2 two scorers of the competition: Katarina Bulatovic (Oltchim) and Mihaela Ani Senocico (Jolidon)Romanian champions Oltchim showed just why they are this season’s favourites to win Europe’s elite club competition for women, despite entering the EHF Champions League with a new-look team.Oltchim’s resounding win in the second round of the Group Matches will have sent a clear message to all rivals that they have only one thing on their minds this season, as the 19-goal win against German surprise package Buxtehude in no way flattered the visitors.Katarina Bulatovic, who won the coveted trophy with Podgorica last season, took no time to settle at Oltchim and having steered her team to a convincing home win over Hypo last weekend, the unstoppable Montenegrin right back led the charge once again with a game-high seven goals against last season’s runners-up in the German league.   U Jolidon Cluj, who advanced this season to the Group Matches from the preliminary qualifying rounds for the first time in the club’s history, were still able to hold their heads high after the match against Gyor, in which they were clearly up against a stronger and more resourceful team.The Hungarian champions have clearly not hit top gear yet but there is no doubt their form will improve gradually and take a familiar upward curve, as they strive to erase the bitter memories of last season’s final defeat by Podgorica on away goals.The depth of Gyor’s bench made all the difference against Cluj, as four players scored three goals apiece.

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