The Krim Mercator handball players did not manage to make a turnaround in the quarter-final match of the EHF Champions League in Kristiansand, Norway, so the Vipers handball players are traveling to the final tournament in Budapest. The last European match in the 2021/22 season for the Ljubljana representatives ended with a result of 33:24 (17:12) in favor of the hosts. Only Ana Gros was in the mood with eight goals, Katarina Krpež-Šlezak added five.
Krim Mercator’s handball players hosted Vipers Kristiansand in Ljubljana’s Stožice in the most important European match of the season, the first quarter-final match of the EHF Champions League. The Norwegians were still too hard for the Tigers in the seventh match, but not everything has been decided yet. The match in Kristiansand will decide on the promotion to the tournament of the best four of the Old Continent, where the Ljubljana team will try to make up for the seven goals behind.
Despite the defeat on the away match at the Erd Arena in Hungary, the Krim Mercator handball players defended their seven-goal advantage from the first match of EHF Champions League Woman play-off and ranked among the eight best handball teams in Europe. The away match ended with a result of 26:22 (8:10). The most cheerful players of opposite team were Ana Gros and Paula Posavec with four goals, three added by Nataša Ljepoja, Katarina Krpež-Šlezak and Andrea Lekić.
The Krim Mercator handball players won the first match of the play-off of EHF Champions League final with distinction. On the floor of the Hall Tivoli, the Hungarian FTC beat 33:26 (15:14) and have a nice advantage over the return match in Budapest. The most cheerful was Ana Gros, who shook the net 13 times, and Jovana Risović showed her best European performance this season in a blue jersey with 17 defenses.
Until the end of the season, Krim Mercator’s team will be strengthened by the best Slovenian player Ana Gros, also the captain of our national team. Krim recognized her exceptional talent and launched her into handball Europe more than a decade ago. After prematurely terminating her cooperation with CSKA Moscow in early March due to the tragic situation related to the war in Ukraine, she will now move to Ljubljana. Thus, after a dozen years, she will once again wear the jersey of the only Slovenian club that is currently participating in the elite European club competition.
Krim Mercator handball players have secured promotion to the round of 16 in Delo EHF Champions League! In the last match of the group stage of this competition in Stožice, they defeated direct competitors in the fight for sixth place in Group B. They were better than the Sävehof team after half of the match (12:9), but they also outplayed them in the second half rejoiced in the victory with 32:18. Tjaša Stanko contributed the most to the victory, scoring eight times, and Barbara Elisabeth Arenhart, who was in the mood with 14 defenses, also played an important role.
Krim Mercator’s handball players played the last away match of group phase of the Delo EHF Champions League against the current European champions in Norway. The home Vipers won the match with a score of 37:20, the final decision on the passengers in the continuation of the competition will thus fall in the last round.
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.
In the 2022/23 season, the ranks of Krim Mercator will be strengthened by experienced right-wing Montenegrin Jovanka Radičević. The best scorer of the Champions League from the 2020 season will move to Ljubljana from Kastamonu, Turkey.