Dortmund win on the buzzer; Ikast claim easy victory over Nantes

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EHF / Danijela Vekić

After the opening two matches on Saturday, the excitement in the group phase of the EHF European League Women 2022/23 continued on Sunday.

Significantly, three EHF European League debutants – HC Podravka Vegeta, Molde Elite and Fana – lost their away matches. Former EHF Champions League participants BV Borussia 09 Dortmund were lucky at home as Alina Grijseels scored a buzzer-beater to give them a one-goal win against Molde.

In the clash of two powerhouses in group B, Ikast Handbold handed former champions Neptunes de Nantes a double-digit defeat (30:20), while SCM Ramnicu Valcea won 40:30 over Praktiker-Vác in group D.

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We were superior for 45 minutes, but then we didn't score again for eight or nine minutes. In the final seconds I didn't think twice – I just wanted to get the ball into the goal somehow. At first, I even thought the goal was out of time.
Alina Grijseels
Captain, BV Borussia 09 Dortmund
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We did very well defensively and were very well prepared for their big star, Léna Grandveau. The times when we had control over her, we also had control over the team. In addition, Jessica (Ryde) puts up a really good fight, so I'm very happy about our performance today.
Kasper Christensen
Coach, Ikast Handbold
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We were prepared for the game, so I was not stressed, not even in the first part. We scored 21 goals in the first half. One of my mistakes was to send in too many new players at the same time, and we lost some rhythm. I'm happy about the second half when we wrapped up the game.
Bent Dahl
Coach, SCM Ramnicu Valcea
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I am very proud to be captain for this team. It’s very nice to get a good start in the group phase, and we were determined to work to get a proper start. Now we have to keep up our good game and continue working for the next games.
Martine Wolff
Line player, Sola HK

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