Metz failed in the Women’s League semi-final against Kristiansand

Metz failed in the Women’s League semi-final against Kristiansand

Czech from Kristiansand Markéta Jeřábková (middle) against Messines Grace Zaadi and Sarah Bouktit.

The march was too high for the Metz handball players in the semifinals of the Champions League, against the defending champion Kristiansand, played by the Norwegian goalkeeper Katrina Lundeová and the Czech left defender Marketa Jeřábková on Saturday in Budapest.

Metz’s first experience in the Champions League final three three seasons ago was frustrating. With the prestigious team (Béatrice Edwige, Laura Glauser, Laura Flippes, Manon Houette, Grâce Zaadi, Méline Nocandy, Orlane Kanor), the players of Emmanuel Mayonnade missed the first fifteen minutes against Rostov and lost a small goal.

Three seasons later, Zaadi was still present, as were Nocandy and Kanor, but the Messines left the Budapest Cathedral on Saturday, June 4 without much regret, defeated by six goals (33-27), and stumbled for sixty minutes by goalkeeper Katrine Lunde, who in at the age of 42, he continues with exceptional performances (16 interventions). “Lund, she beats us herself, she kills the game herself.” And we, in the back, can’t lock everything up so our goalkeepers can do more. “summed up very well Méline Nocandy, who will leave her training club in Paris 92, after Sunday’s match for third place against the Danes from Esbjerg.

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The Messines managed to recover in the first period from the first difference of five goals in favor of Kristiansand (13-8), returning forward just before the break to the goal of the left winger Laura Kanor (15-14). The return to Messin was made possible by the great entry of Mélanie Halter, who released the ball from +6 to Nora Mork, which caused a riot. “If I caricatured a bit, I would say that Mélanie’s entry allows us to stabilize the gap and come back, and its shot from the worse second half allows the opponent to recreate the gap. We should have been constant for an hour “notes coach Metz Emmanuel Mayonnade.

“We are missing a lot of little things”

Because after managing their return from the locker room, the Messines rejoined Lundem, and Halter’s surprising effect on the Norwegian attack completely evaporated. Unlike the first period, Kristiansand did not completely waste his seven-goal lead and managed to control the end of the match.

“In their game, we knew everything they would do.”, the plague of Méline Nocandy as Messines defeated Kristiansand twice in group stage matches, in Moselle and Norway. Czech left defender Markéta Jeřábková was undefeated in the attack, 12 goals, all in the game, and a cheeky 75% success rate.

“We are missing a lot of little things about the transition. In the middle of the second half, we have an air pocket from which we clearly have a headache. We never found the resources to come back because the enemy brought us into trouble. “adds Emmanuel Mayonnade.

The Dragonnes have about twenty hours to rest and try to take third place so as not to leave Hungary as in 2019 with two defeats. “I’m going to have to find resources in five minutes, explaining that in the desire of the structure to advance, we have to confirm this kind of match for 3rd place.”slipped out after Mayonnade’s meeting.

The European title will be followed from the stands of the Budapest Cathedral – 14,800 spectators on Saturday – Kristiansand’s challenge against Györ’s dream team (Stine Oftedal, Estelle Nze Minko, Silje Solberg, Laura Glauser) and Amandine Leynaud. farewell to handball after a controlled success against Esbjerg (32-27) from the Hungarian club.

World with AFP


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