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Handball - 11. January 2010.

Viborg, Valcea and Larvik follow Krim to the Main Round

Title defender Viborg HK has qualified as second team after Krim Mercator Ljubljana for the main round of Women’s Champions League. The Danish champion won against Byasen and due to the victory of Leipzig in Koprivnica, Viborg is the winner of group A before the last match day of the group phase.

Leipzig need one point against Byasen in the last match to go on to the next stage.
Krim remain spotless after beating Metz and is the winner of group B. Dinamo Volgograd kept their chances for the main round after beating FCK Copenhagen, like Hypo after the victory against Aalborg.

Like Krim and Viborg the teams from Larvik in group D and Valcea in group C have qualified for the main round. As the Norwegians didn’t have problems to beat Buducnost, Valcea had to shiver and shake, before they had won against Itxako. Györ won the top match against Zvezda and can hope for the next stage.

Group A:
Viborg HK – Byasen Trondheim 29:22 (13:10)
Viborg had a great start and led with a four goal difference. Upcoming Viborg player Marit Malm Frafjord (top scorer for her team with in total six goals) played strong, but couldn’t bring her team from Norway closer to the Danish.

Viborg defence stood strong and was the key to the 13:10 at halftime, even as Byasen goalkeeper Grimsbö showed some great saves. The host extended the lead to intermediately six goals, but Trondheim fought hard against the defeat. In the end the counter attacks of Mikkelsen and Varzaru (both with seven goals for Viborg) decided the match, which was very clear in the end.

After the match Viborg published the news that goalkeeper Katrine Lunde Haraldsen won’t extend her contract at the Danish champion after this season. “Unfortunately we couldn’t find a solution for the finances. We tried hard to keep Katrine, but now we’re going to start to find a substitute for her”, VHK director Peter Cassoe said.

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