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GROUP A REVIEW: Buducnost had to sweat for their first two points this season, after a close game against Metz, which saw no less than nine lead changes in the first half
Buducnost earn first win after strenuous test
With a change of generation in progress and without key players in Neagu and Cvijic, Buducnost were far from their best, but managed to grab their first win of the season, 21:19, after a hard-fought game against Metz.
Based on their historical head-to-head results, Buducnost were clear favourites against their French counterparts, with seven wins from eight matches, Metz’s only success coming 13 years ago. However, the French side was far from being big outsiders, as Buducnost lost Majda Mehmedovic to CSM Bucuresti this summer, and Cristina Neagu and Dragana Cvijic could not play due to injuries. And the match was far from a walk in the park for the Montenegrin powerhouse.
Therefore, it was no surprise that Metz, who distributed their attacking plays close to perfection, were able to have only one goal to take back after 30 minutes, 11:10. Special game for Bulatovic
An improved second 30
The French side attempted to mount several comebacks, but could only reduce the difference to two goals, with no player managing to score more than three goals, with Gros, Flippes and Horacek leading the French team who came up empty as Buducnost claimed a 21:19 win.
The Montenegrin side’s win brought the team’s total in the Women’s EHF Champions League to 254 points, one shy of Hypo Niederösterreich’s record.
Dragan Adzic, head coach of Buducnost: "It was a difficult match. We have problems with important players being injured. It is enough to see just which players we did not have in comparison to last season, but also because of injuries. On the other hand, it opened the door to young players who have shown some quality. Against them (Metz Handball) it will be difficult in France, also."
Emmanuel Mayonnade, head coach Metz Handball: "Buducnost were not complete and were missing several players, but we were not at the required level to be able to hope to get a victory. We had problems due to the fact that we missed a lot of shots."
TEXT: Adrian Costeiu / bc