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EHF European League

Bietigheim clinch crucial away win against title holders Nantes

EHF / Adrian Costeiu

SG BBM Bietigheim had already announced themselves as one of the teams to beat this season in the EHF European League Women. On Sunday evening in Nantes, the German side proved that they are contenders for the EHF Finals Women with a 27:25 win over title holders Les Neptunes de Nantes.

GROUP B

Les Neptunes de Nantes (FRA) vs SG BBM Bietigheim (GER) 25:27 (16:17)

  • in spite of a 16-save game from goalkeeper Adriana Placzek, who boasted a 38% saving efficiency, Nantes could not find the attacking nous to put Bietigheim away
  • the German side took the lead in the 12th minute and didn’t relinquish it. They led by four goals late in the second half
  • a late 3:0 unanswered run spurred by two goals from right-wing Nathalie Hagman was not enough for Nantes to secure a point from this match, as Bietigheim held out
  • six players scored at least three goals for Bietigheim, with experienced left-wing Antje Lauenroth leading the charge with five goals
  • Nantes’ attack had a 46% efficiency, with the title holders needing wins in their next games, against Lubin and CS Minaur Baia Mare, to stay alive in the competition

Bietigheim shock title holders

Being the title holders, rather than the plucky underdogs, put a huge target on the back for Les Neptunes de Nantes, with the French side handed the toughest start in the group phase of the EHF European League Women.

SG BBM Bietigheim were already announcing themselves as one of the teams to beat this season in the EHF European League Women and victory in Nantes underlined their credentials.

The German side are very experienced in the DELO EHF Champions League and are unbeaten in all competitions this season, had a superb game, both in attack and in defence. They limited Nantes to only nine goals scored in the second half and clinching the win was paramount, in what is shaping up to be the most balanced group.

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I’m really proud of the girls because it’s one of our best games since the beginning of the season. We put a lot of intensity into this game. I just want to remind you that Bietigheim is a Champions League team so they have a lot of world-class players and the game we played tonight was, once again, one of our best games and I’m proud of my girls.
Guillaume Saurina
Nantes coach

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