ROUND REVIEW: Seven teams joined the list of the EHF Cup Qualification Round 2 participants over the weekend. The last side to make the way from the Round 1 will be known on Tuesday as Maccabi Tyrec Tel Aviv host both legs against HC Lovćen Cetinje in Israel on Monday and Tuesday.
Thriller in Klaipeda, easy wins for Ankara
All but one teams are confirmed for the Qualification Round 2 of the EHF Cup after seven more teams followed the last week's steps of HC Brest Meshkov and HBC Ronal Jičín from the first round. Sporta Hlohovec, Klaipeda Dragunas, Fyllingen Bergen, Grundfos Tatabánya, Haukar Hafnarfjördur, BB Ankara Spor and Bregenz Handball cruised to the next stage.
Otmar's chase stopped
TSV Otmar St. Gallen was well on the way to erase eight-goal deficit against Sporta Hlohovec (21:29) as they led by five moments before the break (17:12). However, they could not maintain the pace in the second half and the 31:28 win of the Swiss team was far from enough for eliminating their Slovak opponents. Hlohovec will meet Borac m:tel Banja Luka from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Round 2.
Fyllingen started the second leg against Pölva Serviti with a three-goal cushion brought from Estonia and underlined their supremacy with a 32:22 result. Nordic rivals Mors-Thy Handbold from Denmark now await the Norwegian outfit.
Double joy in Iceland and Turkey
Both Haukar and Ankara used their double home advantage as good as it gets. Icelandic side beat twice Netherlands' OCI-Lions on Iceland (36:33 and 30:18), while both clashes of the team from the Turkish capital resulted in two lopsided victories over London GD (44:14, 38:18).
Haukar will meet Portugal's SL Benfica, while Ankara's scoring skills will be put to a tough test by Chambéry Savoie HB, last season's EHF Champions League participants and the recent winners of the French Champions Trophy.
TEXT: EHF / br
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