EHF FINAL4 2nd Semifinal – FTC Rail Cargo vs. Group Esbjerg 30:29 (13:17)
by Sascha Staat
Emily Bölk (FTC Rail Cargo) scored the buzzer-beating profitable aim towards Esbjerg within the second EHF FINAL4 semi-final in Budapest. The shot from the 10-meter mark set the record-setting crowd of 20.022 right into a frenzy and FTC into the ultimate towards Vipers, on Sunday. After the match she talked in regards to the dying moments of the sport.
Congratulations, Emmy, on making it to the ultimate. Please take us via the final sequence of the sport. What did your coach say within the timeout? What was your plan for the final assault?
EB: Really, I nonetheless should ask as a result of I understood one thing totally different than Andrea Lekic did. It didn’t end up the best way our coach defined it through the trip, however ultimately there was not a lot time left. I simply thought, okay, let’s attempt to get a shot off to at the least have an opportunity to get a aim. And, then it turned out properly – I actually didn’t see what occurred, nevertheless it simply turned out to be a aim. It’s simply loopy to play within the ultimate tomorrow.
It’s greater than half an hour after the ultimate whistle and you’re nonetheless completely pumped…
EB: Sure, I’m. I additionally don’t know if I ought to cry now? Ought to I chortle? Or scream? I don’t know. It’s simply actually unimaginable. It’s simply unbelievable that we’re in a position to take part right here. It’s a historic achievement for the membership. For a lot of the gamers, it’s the primary time. And, then to qualify for the ultimate match and have the ability to play in entrance of such a crowd is simply an superior expertise. It’s so cool to be a part of this staff right here.
The gamers of Esbjerg mentioned that for them it didn’t make a distinction to play in entrance of those followers. However, I assume for you it did make a distinction?
EB: Sure. It’s a giant benefit for us to have this crowd behind us and push us ahead. However, I used to be additionally a bit afraid if it’s an excessive amount of perhaps. We need to play particularly properly after which it could end up the opposite approach, generally it occurs like this. However, I feel we discovered a great way. In fact, we would have liked a while to seek out our rhythm, however I feel it’s regular. I imply, it’s the Final4 of the Champions League, the largest handball occasion in Europe. I’m simply so pleased that we will take pleasure in this occasion, this semifinal, along with our followers, and that it turned out profitable. It’s nice.
Will you have the ability to relax?
EB: Now we have to – sure. I feel for now, all people is simply actually excited. I’ve the sensation that these previous couple of days have been similar to driving a wave of pleasure. Every thing is so new. It’s only a dream coming true for a lot of the women. And, no person actually knew what to anticipate. To play in entrance of greater than 20,000 folks, being a part of a world document in girls’s handball – it’s a brand new expertise. In fact, we’re in a position to play the ultimate, now. We have to get better after which put together for tomorrow. It is going to be onerous, however we’re going to take pleasure in it.
In case you can decide one tactical a part of the sport which has to work out completely tomorrow, which half is it?
EB: Operating again, I feel, as a result of they’re loopy quick. And, if we will beat Lunde, it could end up properly. As I mentioned, Vipers can do it a all. It’s going to be a tough process for us.
Dragana Cvijic (FTC Rail Cargo) was on fireplace after the EHF FINAL4 semi-final win towards Group Esbjerg. Afterwards within the combined zone she set free all of her feelings.
Congratulations, Dragana. Please take us via the ultimate moments of the sport. How did you expertise them?
DC: I wished to inform Emily Bölk to play two towards two. However there wasn’t time to say one thing and time was working. Then she scored – it was not luck. That is the results of her onerous work all season lengthy and all these years. She deserved to attain the final aim. And, I’m actually pleased for her.
However, you’re additionally very pleased proper now.
DC: In fact, I’m pleased as properly. I’m actually excited. I can not look ahead to tomorrow. I can play now. In the event that they need to come, we will play instantly. Actually! This environment, these folks round us, this help, we by no means gave up. They led by 5 and we simply got here again and stored believing till the top. Now we have proven many occasions that we will play when it’s troublesome and that we will come again. We all know how to do that and to be sensible. Within the final assaults, we did it once more. At present, we have now present yet another time that we have now monumental energy. I can not say that we’re the most effective staff on paper, however we have now the largest coronary heart, probably the most feelings and vitality. I feel this staff has all of it.
Why was it so troublesome for you within the first half?
DC: We simply didn’t do what we would have liked to do. In fact, we have been watching video, however we didn’t play towards them this season. Someway you must adapt. And, then after we realized what they’ll and what they can not do. In some unspecified time in the future it began to work.
You mentioned you possibly can play proper now. Preserving some vitality will probably be a key for tomorrow.
DC: Sure, for certain. Vitality is at all times the important thing. In handball it doesn’t matter if you’re drained or not drained. Vitality is at all times the important thing as a result of you possibly can beat a lot better groups in case you have vitality, for those who actually need it. We all know for what we struggle. We struggle for Ferencvaros, we struggle for a extremely massive membership and there’s no such factor as not having vitality. You see at the moment how many individuals have been supporting us. That is wonderful. I used to be flying on the court docket.
Will you have the ability to take out the tempo of the Vipers recreation? At present towards Esbjerg it labored fairly properly.
DC: I’m too outdated and I have to relax. I’m joking, in fact. We performed two video games towards Vipers this season, one draw and the opposite time we misplaced by one aim within the final second. They’re working very properly, however so does Györ. Vipers was simply in a position to put some tempo within the recreation. Tomorrow, will probably be new recreation and you must get better. I don’t suppose they are often that quick once more and I’m certain we will run again properly. Now we have an opportunity. Many people can play 5 minutes after which change and relaxation. We are going to do the whole lot to keep away from them scoring plenty of straightforward objectives.