Reigning EHF Champions League winners Györi Audi ETO are the first team in the Main Round of this season’s tournament. The Hungarians are the first team to qualify for the Main Round. Saturday evening, the team under head coach Martin Ambros overcame a difficult start at home against Thüringer HC to book a 29:22 win – their fourth consecutive win in Group A.
Györi Audi ETO (HUN) vs. Thüringer HC (GER) 29:22 (13:11)
With four clear wins in four matches, Györ have left no one in doubt who is the best team in this group so far. However, the defending Champions League winners had to overcome an extremely troublesome start at home against Thüringer HC, before they could celebrate their qualification for the next stage as the first team this season.
The German champions offered excellent resistance, even on a day, when Champions League top scorer Sonja Frey did not even hit the net. In fact, the visitors were leading by three goals a couple of times in the first half, and only when Györ were six field players against four towards the end of the first half – for a few seconds even six against three – did the hosts manage to create a two goal lead at half time.
In the second half, though, there was no doubt who were the better team, and with a magnificent Katrine Lunde Haraldsen in goal and fine attacking performances by Anita Görbicz and Katarina Bulatovic, the home team could increase their lead to seven goals at the end.
Katarina Bulatovic scored seven times for Györ, while Thüringer HC had the most scoring player of the match, as Cabral Barbosa hit eight times.