Lublin and Bistrita share the spoils
The two teams traded blows for the whole game, with six lead changes, yet neither could deliver the final blow, as the match ended in a stalemate, 22:22.
- Dziyana Ilyina was Bistrita’s top scorer with six goals
- Right back Natalia Nosek scored seven times for Lublin
- Bistrita will host ERD, while Lublin travel to leaders Odense next
MKS Lublin S.A. (POL) vs CS Gloria 2018 Bistrita-Nasaud (ROU) 22:22 (10:12)
It was Bistrita’s first ever game in the group phase of the Women’s EHF Cup and the experienced Romanian side took to it well from the throw-off.
Then it was Darly Zoqbi de Paula’s superb saves that helped Bistrita open a 12:10 gap at the break, as the Spanish goalkeeper, fresh from winning the silver medal at the IHF World Championships in December, was once again in great form.
A 7:3 run to start the second half for Lublin turned the game on its head. But a sturdy Bistrita side managed to keep their composure. Helped by a six-goal game from playmaker Dziyana Ilyina, the Romanian side took back the lead, 20:19, with three minutes to go.
Ultimately, the two teams shared the spoils, 22:22, as neither could score the winning goal. Therefore, Odense are the first leaders of the group, with two points, while Bistrita and Lublin follow them with one point each.
Darly Zoqbi de Paula was again the hero and she spoke saw today as a point gained, not a point dropped, "We are happy to have one point playing in Poland against a quality team. I saved 3 penalties from my ex-teammates Achruk and Gęga but it was a mental fight that I won this time. Next time may be different. This draw will give us more confidence against ERD next week."Author: Adrian Costeui /at