Lunde came in after the break and delivered strongly through the round despite the fact that she was halfway down for counting with glue in the eye.
The 40-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in May 2019 in the Champions League final in Budapest and had therefore not played a match in 504 days
Before the break, the Germans followed the Vipers and were only the goal behind after 30 minutes played, but a strong period midway through the second half, including three goals in four minutes by Henny Reistad, secured the southerners a lead they held the match.
Nevertheless, Nora Mørk was the top scorer with nine goals, against Reistad’s seven.
With the victory, the Vipers move up to 2nd place in the Champions League group A, on a point-by-point basis with CSM Bucharest, which is the Kristiansand team’s opponent in the next round on 10 October.
Dark big game
The teams followed each other closely throughout the first half. The Vipers were mostly in the lead, but never got more than a two-goal lead. The teams went to the break with 15-14 to the Vipers.
One of the real bright spots in the first place was Nora Mørk, who at times seemed to be back in good old fashion. During the first 30 minutes, she scored six goals.
Mørk is back in Norwegian handball this season after four years in big foreign clubs. After struggling with extensive injury problems, she played her first Champions League match since the semi-final against the Vipers for Györ in 2019 two weeks ago.
The Vipers started the second half strongly and quickly gained a two-goal lead. They also had a long three-goal lead, but after overtime play for Bietigheim, the lead was down to one goal twelve minutes into the round.
After that, the Vipers moved away again and led 26-22 five minutes later. At most, they led with five goals in the second half, and managed to stay away despite a strong finish from the home team.
Heidi Løke incurred her third two minutes towards the end of the match and received a red card.
The Vipers had their Champions League match against FTC Hungaria postponed last weekend. This happened after two players with the opponent took a positive corona test. This weekend, all three other matches that were to be played in the Vipers’ group were postponed after positive corona tests.
Vipers started the Champions League with an away win 27-26 over Crimea Ljubljana two weeks ago.