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EHF CL: Dramatic defeat for Baia Mare in Gyor



Romanian debutants HCM Baia Mare lost on Saturday in Hungary 26-28 (14-14) against Gyor in the women handball Champions League Group A, after a dramatic fight in which they had at a certain moment a two goals lead against the European champions. Gyor had not only secured their main round berth, but also the first place in the group before the last match day. The reigning EHF Champions League winners also became the only team this to go through the Group Matches without losing a single point. The hosts had to fight hard to book their sixth win out of six, though. From the beginning, the home team seemed to be in control, leading with three or four goals most of the first half. However, five goals in succession from the visitors changed the score from 12:8 to 12:13, at which point the Romanian fans among the 1,900 spectators could really be heard, and they still could, when the first half ended 14:14. The second half also became equal, but when Baia Mare got up 21:19, a surprise seemed to be lurking. At this point, however, it was Györ´s turn to score five goals in succession and take the lead back at 24:21. Even the rest of the match also was tight, but Gyor did not give the lead away again. For Baia Mare, the defeat means that they will have to await the Sunday match between Thuringer HC and Hypo Niederosterreich (plyed after the closing of this edition) in order to know their destiny in European handball for the rest of this season.

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