Rapid seal dramatic point; Esbjerg write history against Vipers
Big games require big performances in the EHF Champions League Women and that is exactly what Team Esbjerg produced on Saturday evening, clinching a huge win for their season, 38:37, against Vipers Kristiansand.
In the Match of the Week, FTC led by as many as six goals, but only mustered a draw against Rapid, 24:24, after an exciting comeback from the Romanian side.
It was a very intense game. After the timeout in the second half, we came back into the game and continued to fight. For me this was the toughest game in the Champions League so far. Our team achieved the sensation with a lot of passion and a will to win.
It was really fun to be pusheded in a different way. I think we fought very hard and gave everything out on the pitch, so I am happy for the victory and the way we responded.
The first half of the game didn’t go as it should have but luckily we were able to come back in the second half. This draw definitely feels like a win for us, as it is always hard to play away games. Our souls and the team spirit needed this one point to get our confidence back.
We did a much better job in defence in the second half, but Team Esbjerg did great in the first half. I think we have to build on this, though. We were five-six goals down and managed to claw our way back. We were there at the end of the match, and that shows the mentality of our players.