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Historical – Vardar and three French teams in the Velux EHF Final4 in Cologne

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Historical – Vardar and three French teams in the Velux EHF Final4 in Cologne
Ibolya Szekeres

A historical moment in the Velux EHF Final4 as three French teams has qualified for the final weekend and this is special because earlier before three teams from the same country has never managed to qualify for Cologne.

The quarterfinals of the Velux EHF CL has been played and after Paris Saint-German Handball qualifying yesterday against Polish PGE Vieve Kielce, winning in both matches 28 –  34 (10 – 22) in Kielce, and 35 –  32 (17 – 15) in Paris. Today was the time for the other three spots from the Velux EHF Final4 from Cologne to be decided.

In Denmark SkjernHandbold could not stop HBC Nantes, 33 –  27 (18 –  12) in the first leg and 27 –  27 (12 –  15) in the second leg, the team with Lazarov, Gurbindo, Klein, Balaguer, Tournat, Claire or Dumoulin being the second Frech club qualified to Cologne.

In Skopje, Vardar played a hard game against Kiel and even if Germans managed to get the one-goal victory 27 – 28 (13 – 13), the title holders form Vardar advanced to the Final 4 due to more goals scored in the first leg on the away court, where the result was 28 – 29 (12 –  14) for Vardar. The Macedonian played in the Jane Sandanski arena supported by a full house and has the chance to defend their title.

The last quarterfinal started from the result of 28-28 (17 –  15), after the first match between SG Flensburg-Handewitt and Montpellier HB. In Germany the match was equal, but in France, this evening nobody could stop the French team, Montpellier  won 29-  17 (14 –  9)and become the third club from France getting a Final4 spot in Cologne in the 2017/2018 season. Fabregas, Porte, Gerard or Guigou will not be the only Frenchmen in Germany.

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    April 30, 2018 at 19:02

    Couple of corrections:

    In the first leg, Vardar won 28-29, ie +1 vs Kiel; and not 28-28.

    At home, Montpellier won 29-17, ie +12, and not 29-27…

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Ibolya Szekeres

Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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