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June 28, 2022
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Handball CL: First triumph for Oltchim

In Women Handball Champions League Group 2, Oltchim Valcea got their first main round points, as they left Zvezda Zvenigorod last in the group through a 29:25 home win on Saturday night in Valcea. Oltchim may now still hope for the semi-finals, while things are beginning to look really gloomy for Zvezda Zveningorod who are still without a point in the group, according to ehfcl.com.During the entire first half, both teams seemed to be more interested in attacking than in defending, and the 2,873 spectators witnessed 30 entertaining minutes, played at high pace and with a lot of goals.Both teams were equally good at this aspect of the game, and although the hosts had the lead most of the time, the first half also ended equal, 16:16. In the second half the match turned into a more tactical affair, and at the same time it became more nervous due to the fact that neither team could really afford a defeat.Valcea were better at controlling the nerves, and at the same time they managed to tighten their defence, so after an equal start to the second half, team home team managed to not only take the lead again, but also to increase it to five goals before finally winning the match by four. In Group 1Gyor took a huge step towards the semi-finals through this clear win (24-18) in a full Arena Larvik which had been sold out since Friday at noon. At the end it was the many Hungarian fans among the 4,900 spectators who had reason to celebrate, but they had suffered quite a lot, before it came that far, as the home team had the upper hand for the first part of the match.The game was a duel between two legendary Norwegian goalkeepers, Cecilie Leganger from Larvik and Katrine Lunde Haraldsen from Gyor, and they put their marks on the game.37 year old Leganger got the far better start to that duel, and it took the visitors 6 minutes and 30 seconds to even get the ball past her – and as Jovanka Radicevic scored her team´s first goal, Larvik had already scored three times. Gyor are now leading Group 1 with six points after three matches, with Larvik in second position, two points after.

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