Holstebro keep frail quarter-final hopes alive
TTH Holstebro pulled level on points with HC Dobgrogea Sud Constanta after beating the Romanian club 28:22 in a solid away performance. The win means the two sides are tied for second in Group C ahead of tomorrow's match between first-placed FC Porto Sofarma and last-placed Liberbank Cuenca.
- With four points each, both teams still have a chance of reaching the quarter-finals
- Holstebro had a nine-goal lead at one point
- Janko Kevic scored six goals for Constanta
- Magnus Bramming also scored six for Holstebro
HC Dobgrogea Sud Constanta (ROU) vs TTH Holstebro (DEN) 22:28 (8:16)
Holstebro kept a theoretical chance of a place in the quarter-finals alive with a clear win against Constanta. The six-goal difference might also prove crucial in the event of a direct comparison with a second-placed club from one of the other groups.
Holstebro had the upper hand from the start of the match.
A successful 5-1 defence in front of a stellar Sebastian Frandsen in goal allowed the visitors to take an early two-goal lead, and an effective established attack as well as an even more effective fast break phase enabled to them to increase their lead steadily throughout the first half.
By pushing their defence more forward, Constanta managed to reduce the deficit to five goals at 20:15, but it did not take Holstebro long to read this new defensive formation by their opponents and increase their lead again.
Both teams will now have to wait until the last match day next weekend to know their fate in the competition.Author: Peter Bruun/jh