Jovanka Radičević is the hero of the game in Stožice

The Krim Mercator handball players have fulfilled their first New Year's resolution: they won their first game in 2024. And in what a way! Jovanka Radičević scored exactly four seconds before the final buzzer sounded. For the final 25:24 victory against Romanian Rapid and two new points.

Slovenian handball fans watched a completely evenly matched performance of both teams in Stožice Arena. Guests were in the lead throughout, but the home team did not give up. They resisted their rivals well and even tied the score a couple of times.

This was also the case in the playoffs. With a minute and a half to go, the head coach of the Krim family, Dragan Adžić, took a time out and ended it with a single sentence. It worked! Itana Grbić scored from long range to even the score at 24:24. Another minute of timeout by the Romanian team followed, but it didn’t pay off.


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Barbara Arenhart defended a shot by Orlana Kanor. But then it was the home side – on the attack for the win. Grbić to Barbara Lazović, she passes the ball behind her back to Jovanka Radičević and the ball landed in the net with four seconds left. For the final score 25:24.

The Montenegrin duo was in the mood with 11 goals (Grbić 6 and Radičević 5), while Tamara Mavsar added five.

Next stop for the Tigers will be the Norwegian Vipers. They will play there on Saturday, 13 January, at 18:00.

Check out photo gallery and highlights of Krim Mercator – Rapid.

Jovanka Radičević, player of RK Krim Mercator: »I am overjoyed. It’s a special day for me because tomorrow I celebrate Christmas. I could not have asked for a better present. We fought and played goal-for-goal throughout the whole game. This win is everything we needed after this long break. A great motivation for the future.«

Krim Mercator : Rapid (ROM) 25:24 (11:12)
EHF Liga prvakinj 2023/24 (Round 9); 6 January 2024 (18.00); Arena Stožice, Ljubljana.

Referees: Tomas Barysas, Povilas Petrusis (Lithuania); delegate: Zuzana Füleova (Slovakia)
Krim Mercator: JuričJurič, Radičević 5, Stanko 1, Mavsar 5, Spreitzer, Dmitrieva 3, Arenhart, Klemenčič, Vojnovič, Varagić, Ngombele, Lazović 2, Brnović 3, Rosiak, Abina, Grbić 6.
CS Rapid Bucuresti: Gonzalez Ortega, Buceschi, Da Cruz Kassoma 2, Ciuca, Sandru, Lopez Herrero 1, Mogensen 2, Korsos 8, Kanor L. 1, Kanor O. 4, Kapitanović, Ostase, Fraga Fernandez, Serrador Hernandez 1,Badea, Janjušević 5, Grozav.
7-meters: Krim Mercator 3 (2), CS Rapid Bucuresti 6 (5).
2 minutes: Krim Mercator 4 minute, CS Rapid Bucuresti 2 minuti.