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EHF Champions League

Lekic salvages draw for FTC; Metz extend winning run

EHF / Sergey Nikolaev

The first EHF Champions League Match of the Week in 2024 was extremely hard-fought, and while Ikast Handball were closer to a win, FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria ultimately drew level in the dying seconds.

Also in group B, Metz Handball took another step towards a top two finish, beating titleholders Vipers Kristansand, while in group A, Odense Håndbold and CSM Bucuresti celebrated victories.

Gjekstad Quote
This was an important win for us. It was hard to play with both teams fighting for 60 minutes. Bietigheim was the better team in the first half, but in the second we did better.
Ole Gjekstad
Head coach, Odense
Smits Quote
We had a quite good defence, but we didn't stay to the match plan in some situations so they scored some easy goals. I am really disappointed, because it was an important game.
Inger Smits
Centre back, Bietigheim
20240107 CSM Buducnost Flippes
We haven’t played together for a long time and I am happy we played the way we did. It is very nice to play in front of a full arena, I am very happy with the result.
Laura Flippes
Right back, CSM Bucuresti
Niakate Quote
We didn’t put up a good fight tonight. We knew it would be hard to win here but we could have played better! We are now focusing on our next games.
Kalidiatou Niakate
Left back, WHC Buducnost BEMAX
FTC Heine Quote
When you look at the last three minutes, we are pretty happy of the result and it felt like a victory.
Allan Heine
Head coach, FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria
Ikast Coach2
I'm really proud of our preformance. Congratulations to FTC, but it also shows that when FTC is so happy to get a point here that we respect each other.

Kasper Christensen
Head Coach, Ikast
Mayo2 Quote
I'm not satisfied with the way the match went. We're still very happy with second place, even if we still have to qualify for the last eight and we'll see if we can finish first or second in this group stage.
Emmanuel Mayonnade
Head coach, Metz Handball
Schulz Quote
We were leading and then we made some silly mistakes. And, we know full well that Metz always take advantage of those mistakes to regain the lead. So we managed to readjust our mistakes, but it was too late.
Luisa Schulze
Line player, Vipers Kristiansand

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