Russia - Olympic and World bronze medallist - is the first finalist of the Europa Cup, in Turin. She beats Hungary 15-14. The first break of the match comes after multiple reversals of the result and 18 minutes of actual play. Gorbunova and Karimova score two goals in 45 seconds for 10-8. Karimova also marks +3 (12-9), but the Magyars back to -1 until 13-12 which opens the fourth period. The game continues with an average of two goals per minute and the gap that increases and decreases with Russia ahead (14-12, 15-13) and Hungary that fails more opportunities in extramen to draw. The match ends 15-14 for Russia with 5 goals from Karimova, MVP of the game, and Keszthelyi. Last year's edition Russia take second place, losing the final game against Greece.
Alexander Gaidukov (coach Russia): "It was a very important game for us because we lost the last match with Hungary at European Championship of Barcelona. Hungary is a strong and fast team; we played very well in man down, not very well in extraman situations, but we are happy for this result and we are looking forward to play the final of tomorrow".
Attila Biro (coach Hungary): "We were a bit tired because of the hard match against Greece and we weren’t able to defend as well as yesterday. Russia was more rested and I think it made the difference".
Elvina Karimova (MVP / Russia): "I think it was an interesting match, we tried to play in a bit different way and we managed too. I’m happy for the MVP title but the support I gave to the team is much more important".