Baia Mare lost to reigning champions Györ 29:23, European Handball Federation reports.
Györi Audi ETO KC (HUN) vs HCM Baia Mare (ROU) 29:23 (12:10)
The eurohandball.com said, as Györ were sure to qualify for the quarter-finals, sitting comfortably at second position in the group, the back-to-back champions had nothing at stake when they took to the court on Sunday.
The situation was completely different for Baia Mare, who are in a battle with Viborg and Metz for the last two quarter-final tickets.
According to EHF, it was obvious the visitors had a lot to fight for. A tactically well-prepared Baia Mare were leading by one or two goals for most of the first half before Györ turned the momentum and finished the first 30 minutes leading by two goals.
In the second half, Györ left no doubt as to who would take the victory. The home team were leading by three goals for large parts of the second 30 minutes – a lead that later increased to five goals and then to six in the end.
The eurohandball.com said, despite the defeat, Baia Mare still have their fate in the own hands. A win at home against Viborg HK next Sunday will send the Romanian champions to the quarter-finals.