FINAL REVIEW: After losing the Men's Challenge Cup Final last year, the Romanian side have lifted the trophy this season despite a defeat against Athens in the return leg of the final
Turda take first European title on second attempt
A direct free throw after the buzzer gave A.E.K. Athens the win in the second leg of the Men’s Challenge Cup Final on Sunday night, but AHC Potaisa Turda took the trophy.
Athens did have the better start, though, and led 2:0 and 3:1, but four straight Turda goals turned the tables. The Romanian side went from 5:3 up to 10:7, 12:8, 14:9 and - at half-time - 18:11.
That score increased their aggregate lead to 18 goals, so nothing could really threaten the Romanian triumph anymore in the second half - and the visitors were obviously aware of that.
But A.E.K. showed great morale and slowly reduced the gap. They first got back into the lead again (24:23) with five minutes and nine seconds left to play, and indeed grabbed the win thanks to a free throw after the final buzzer.
Julios Argyrou scored seven goals from seven attempts for A.E.K, while Alexandru Asoltanei netted five times for the champions.
Turda became the second Romanian team to win their maiden European Cup title this season. Earlier, SCM Craiova won the Women’s EHF Cup for their first European trophy.
TEXT: Peter Bruun / ew
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