An extremely important victory in the fight for the European quarter-finals

Krim Mercator's handball players won the first match of the EHF Champions League Women play-off! With loud support from the stands of Ljubljana's Stožice, the Tigers brought Romanian CS Rapid Bucuresti to their knees with a final score of 29:24 on Sunday, March 19, and are thus one step closer to the quarterfinals of the most elite handball competition on European soil!
Krim Mercator : Rapid Bucuresti (ROM) 29:24 (12:13)
Sunday, 19 March, at 14:00, Arena Stožice, 4800 spectators, #MOTW
Referees: Christian Hannes, David Hannes (Germany); Delegate: Arijana Vojić (BiH)
Krim Mercator: Radosavljević 4, Radičević 8, Stanko 8, Abina, Žabjek, Dmitrieva 4, Arenhart, Klemenčič, Ljepoja 1, Varagić, Ngombele, Lazović 2, Kovarova, Risović, Rosiak 1, Svetik 1.
Rapid Bucuresti: Buceschi 4, Perianu, Ciuca, Sandru, Lopez Herrero, Gutierrez Bermejo 2, Korsos, Kanor 5, Kapitanović, Ostase 1, Fernandez Fraga 4, Azenaide 1, Hernandez Serrador 1, Badea, Polman 3, Grozav 3.
Penalties (7-meters): Krim Mercator 7 (5), Rapid Bucuresti 7 (6)
Suspensions: Krim Mercator 8 minutes, Rapid Bucuresti 10 minutes

Dragan Adžić, coach of RK Krim Mercator: “In the first half, we adapted to the game of Rapid Bucuresti and their attacking performance, and in the second half we gave every atom of our strength to win the match. Victory doesn’t mean much, we’ll have to take that from the game to be even better.”

Barbara Arenhart, goalkeeper of RK Krim Mercator: “Even before the match, we were prepared for a very demanding battle, because the Rapid Bucaresti team is very strong this season. We had a lot of problems in the first 20 minutes, but I’m happy that we succeeded in the end. Five goals is not a big advantage, but still very important for our confidence before the second leg. We will have to be focused until the end in Bucharest if we want to progress in the EHF Champions League Women. I am very satisfied with the team and I believe that we can do a lot more!”