PREVIEW: Team Tvis Holstebro are expecting to play their first match against Belarusian champions in fron of the capacity crowd in the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning as the first leg matches of the Women's Cup Winners' Cup Round 3 will be played over the upcoming weekend.
Third round match with 7,500 spectators
Usually, one would probably not expect 7,500 spectators for a match in the third round of the Women's Cup Winners' Cup, but nevertheless, this is the expected attendance when Team Tvis Holstebro receive BNTU BelAZ Minsk Reg.
Last season, Team Tvis Holstebro won the Women's EHF Cup, this season they are trying their skills in the Cup Winners' Cup, and they certainly enter the tournament in style. More than 5,000 tickets have been sold in advance for the first leg of this weekend´s double-header against BNTU BelAZ Minsk Reg. who failed to qualify for the EHF Champions League this season, just like the Danes.
Viborg enter the run for their maiden EHF Cup trophy
Three times have Viborg HK won the European top flight, and three times the EHF Cup – but never the Cup Winners' Cup. After having digested the disappointment from not qualifying for the EHF Champions League Group Matches this season, the ambitious Danes are determined to take the next European trophy they do not have yet.
Zvezda eager to shine again
Just like Viborg, Zvezda Zvenigorod have also felt the triumph of lifting the EHF Champions League trophy, although only once, in 2008, the year after they won the EHF Cup. This season the Russian side is striving to fulfill their ambitions in the Cup Winners' Cup, where their first opponent is Mecalia Atletico Guardes from Spain. The first leg will start in the Sport hall Zvezda in the late afternoon hours Sunday.
Neither Byasen Trondheim nor LK Zug Handball managed to make it to the group of the Women's EHF Champions League from the qualification tournament earlier this season. However, Zug have managed to qualify for Round 3 of the Cup Winners' Cup, where Byasen are entering the tournament. This weekend, the two teams are deciding which one is to proceed to the round of the Last 16, when the Swiss ladies from Zug are visiting Norway for both matches.
Find the complete overview of the Round 3 matches here
TEXT: Peter Bruun / br
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