Krim uncompromising to the eighth European point

In the remaining match of the 11th round of the Delo EHF Champions League, the Krim Mercator handball players played against Metz, France, which is fighting for a direct place among the quarterfinalists. After a turnaround in the second half, the Ljubljana handball players scored a new point (27:27). On Saturday, at 16.00, they will play against the European champions, the Norwegian Vipers.
Metz (FRA) : Krim Mercator 27:27 (17:15)
sreda, 9. februar, ob 18.45, Metz, France – 3152 spectators
Referees: Christian Hannes, David Hannes (Nemčija); Delegate: Antonio Marreiros (Portugalska)
Metz: Almeida de Paula 4, Bouquet 1, Mičijević 1, N'gouan 2, Nocandy 2, Horaček 2, Kapitanović, Bont 2, Kanor O. 1, Burgaard 5, Kanor L. 1, Jacques 3, Bouktit 2, Cardoso de Castro 1, Sako.
Krim Mercator: Radosavljević, Stanko 5, Sercien Ugolin 2, Pineau 2, Žabjek, van Kreij 4, Arenhart, Klemenčič, Ljepoja 4, Varagić 2, Ngombele, Gomilar Zickero 1, Krpež Šlezak 5, Risović, Lekić, Svetik 2.
7-meters: Metz 4 (1), Krim Mercator 3 (3)
Suspensions (2min): Metz 4 minute, Krim Mercator 4 minute

Nataša Derepasko, coach of RK Krim Mercator: “We managed to realize the things we agreed on during the preparation for the match. I’m glad we managed to stop their outside players. Congratulations to the Metz. I wish them all the best in the continuation of the competition.”

Tjaša Stanko, handball player of RK Krim Mercator: “I would like to congratulate all the girls and the entire staff for this hard-earned point. I think we showed that we are a team and that we can play. I am sorry that we are not leaving with both points, but we will find the victories we need to advance.”

Jovana Risović, handball player of RK Krim Mercator: “I am proud of all my teammates, how we played. Of course, there is some disappointment that we didn’t take both points as we took the lead in the final minutes. This draw means a lot to us for the next matches, which are really very important. I’m glad we didn’t give up and I believe we will be even more motivated for the Vipers now.”

Tija Gomilar Zickero, handball player of RK Krim Mercator: “We certainly didn’t start the match as well as we finished it. We were too aggressive. As soon as we fixed that we took the initiative and also had a chance for a two-goal advantage. In the end, our dragon Risović saved us with his defenses. We can be happy for the point, but also a little disappointed that we didn’t take the victory.”

Obramba Krimovk je v drugem polčasu domačinke spravljala v obup, posledično je po skoraj pet minutah igre Stanko zadela za izenačenje pri 19:19. Dodatne tri poskuse so ljubljanske rokometašice potrebovale, da so po natančnem strelu Harme van Kreij prešle v vodstvo (20:21). V 49. minuti je Tija Gomilar Zickero svojo ekipo popeljala do dveh zadetkov prednosti (22:24), a dve minuti kasneje so domačinke znova ujele priključek.

Ljubljančanke so še naprej zadevale za minimalno prednost, za 24:25 je zadetek dosegla Nataša Ljepoja, nato Harma van Kreij in Oceane Sercien Ugolin. Po obrambi Ivane Kapitanović so rokometašice Metza, ki se z Vipersom bori za naposredno mesto v četrtfinalu, krenile v napad za zmago, a sledila je izjemna obramba Jovane Risović. Nataša Derepasko je pravočasno zahtevala minuto odmora, a strel prek celotnega igrišča ni našel poti v mrežo. Rokometašice Krima Mercatorja se bodo iz Francije podale z novo veliko točko!

Pet zadetkov sta dosegli Tjaša Stanko in Katarina Krpež Šlezak, ki tako ostajata skupaj na vrhu strelk celotne evropske sezone (53). Pomembno delo sta s štirimi zadetki opravili tudi Harma van Kreij in Nataša Ljepoja. Velike zasluge za točko gredo vratarki Jovani Risović, ki je ob 12 obrambah ustavila tudi zadnji francoski strel za zmago.

Krimovke že v soboto proti norveškemu Vipersu. Tekmo boste od 16.00 lahko spremljali na Arena Sport 2!


Nataša Derepasko, trenerka RK Krim Mercator: »Uspeli smo realizirati stvari, ki smo se jih dogovorili med pripravo na tekmo. Veseli me, da smo uspeli ustaviti njihove zunanje igralke. Čestitam ekipi Metza in jim želim vse dobro v nadaljevanju tekmovanja.«

Tjaša Stanko, rokometašica RK Krim Mercator: »Čestitala bi vsem puncam in celotnemu štabu za to težko prigarano točko. Mislim, da smo pokazale, da smo ekipa in da lahko igramo. Žal mi je, da ne odhajamo z obema točkama, a našle bomo zmage, ki jih potrebujemo za napredovanje.«

Jovana Risović, rokometašica RK Krim Mercator: »Ponosna sem na vse soigralke, kako smo odigrale. Seveda obstaja nekaj razočaranja, da nismo vzele obeh točk, saj smo v zadnjih minutah vodile. Ta remi nam za naslednji tekmi, ki sta res zelo pomembni veliko pomeni. Vesela sem, da nismo odnehale in verjamem, da bomo zdaj še bolj motivirane za Vipers.«

Tija Gomilar Zickero, rokometašica RK Krim Mercator: »Tekme zagotovo nismo začele tako dobro, kot smo jo končale. Premalo smo bile agresivne. Takoj, ko smo to popravile smo prevzele pobudo in imele priložnost tudi za dva zadetka prednosti. Na koncu nas je z obrambami rešila naša zmaj Risović. Lahko smo vesele za točko, po drugi strani pa tudi malce razočarane, da nismo vzele zmage.«

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