Euroleague (women)

Kinef wins in thrilling final and clinches 2nd European title

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Kinef Kirishi (Russia) managed to defend the winning trophy in the LEN Women’s Euro League.

Kinef was the host of the Final Four tournament, as well as last year when the Russian club clinched the 1st European title in its history. Besides the team from Kirishi, Orizzonte (Italy), Sabadell (Spain) and UVSE (Hungary) took part in the two-day competition.

A thrilling final game was the highlight of the very exciting tournament.

Kinef faced the four-time winner Sabadell in the final. The match offered a lot of twists and turns. Sabadell led 3:2 in the 7th minute. Darya Ryzhkova equalised a second before the end of the first period. The Russians added two goals in the second quarter and they were 5:3 up at halftime.

Before the last quarter, the home side was one goal ahead (6:5). The Spaniards came back early in the fourth period. Sabadell netted two goals in a span of 23 seconds to earn a new advantage (7:6). The hosts responded with two straight goals. They were very close to a win 1:08 before the final buzzer, when Daria Ryzhkova found the net from a penalty for 8:7. That was her 3rd goal this evening. Sabadell immediately replied with a goal from a penalty with 0:46 remaining on the clock (8:8). The last attacks didn’t change the result, so the encounter was decided in a penalty shootout.

The Russians scored five goals in a penalty series, while Kinef goalkeeper Anna Karnaukh stopped Judith Forca’s shot. Kinef retained the title with a 13:12 win.

Sabadell went through finals by beating UVSE Budapest with ease in the semifinal (17:8).

The second semifinal saw a thrilling battle between Kinef and Orizzonte, which have won 7 titles in the Euro League. Kinef had a 4-goal lead early in the fourth quarter (13:9). Orizzonte came back strongly, with three goals in a row (12:13) 2:50 from time. 45 seconds later, the Russians converted a 6 on 4 for 14:12. Orizzonte managed to reduce the gap, but it was too late, with 27 seconds to go (14:13).

The match for the bronze medal was decided in a penalty shootout, as well as the final. Orizzonte beat UVSE 11:10.

LEN Euro League FInal Four (Kirishi, 20 – 21 April)

Final game

Astrapoll Sabadell 12:13 Kinef Kirishi
(3:3, 0:2, 2:1, 3:2, 4:5)

Sabadell: Neushul 4 (1 penalty), Espar LLaquet 2 (1), Ortiz Munoz 2 (1), Garcia Godoy 2 (1), Domenech Morales 2.
Kinef: Ryzhkova 4 (1), Krimer 2, Zubkova 2 (1), Prokofyeva 1 (1), Simanovich 1, Diachenko 1 (1), Khamazaeva 1 (1), Soboleva 1, Ivanova 1.

Bronze medal game

UVSE Budapest 10:11 Orizzonte
(0:3, 3:0, 1:2, 2:1, 4:5)

UVSE: Sevenich 3 (1 penalty), Szucs 2 (1) , Keszthelyi 2 (1), Csabai 2, Steffens 1 (1).
Orizzonte: Garibotti 4 (1), Bianconi 2 (1), Marletta 2 (1) Aiello 1 (1), Palmieri 1, Van der Sloot 1 (1)

Semifinals

Sabadell 17:8 UVSE Budapest
(4:4, 5:2, 3:1, 5:1)

Sabadell: Ortiz Munoz 5, Forca Ariza 5, Farre Colomina 2, Espar LLaquet, Garcia Godoy, Pena Carrasco, Neushul, Domenech Morales.
UVSE Budapest: Steffens 4, Keszthelyi 2, Parkas, Csabai.

Orizzonte 13:14 Kinef
(3:3, 3:4, 3:5, 4:2)

Orizzonte: Van der Sloot 6, Bianconi 3, Aiello 2, Palmieri 1, Marletta 1.
Kinef: Krimer 5, Ryzhkova 4, Simanovich 2, Zubkova 1, Prokofyeva 1, Soboleva 1.

All Winners

1987–88 Donk Gouda (Netherlands)
1988–89 Donk Gouda (Netherlands)
1989–90 Nereus (Netherlands)
1990–91 Donk Gouda (Netherlands)
1991–92 Brandenburg (Netherlands)
1992–93 Szentes (Hungary)
1993–94 Orizzonte Catania (Italy)
1994–95 Nereus (Netherlands)
1995–96 Nereus (Netherlands)
1996–97 SKIF Moscow (Russia)
1997–98 Orizzonte Catania (Italy)
1998–99 SKIF Moscow (Russia)
1999–00 Glyfada (Greece)
2000–01 Orizzonte Catania (Italy)
2001–02 Orizzonte Catania (Italy)
2002–03 Glyfada (Greece)
2003–04 Orizzonte Catania (Italy)
2004–05 Orizzonte Catania (Italy)
2005–06 Orizzonte Catania (Italy)
2006–07 Fiorentina (Italy)
2007–08 Orizzonte Catania (Italy)
2008–09 Vouliagmeni (Greece)
2009–10 Vouliagmeni (Greece)
2010–11 Sabadell (Spain)
2011–12 Pro Recco (Italy)
2012–13 Sabadell (Spain)
2013–14 Sabadell (Spain)
2014–15 Olympiacos (Greece)
2015–16 Sabadell (Spain)
2016–17 Kinef Kirishi (Russia)
2017–18 Kinef Kirishi (Russia)

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