ROUND PREVIEW: Two second legs and two double headers will determine the teams in the semi-finals of the Women's Challenge Cup.
Le Havre and Biganos-Begles head for all-French semi-final
No less than six quarter-final games in the Women's Challenge Cup are taking place all over Europe this weekend. The reason is, of course, that two of the four quarter-final ties are being carried out as double-headers this Saturday and Sunday.
In the Saturday match, Ardesen will have to make do without left back and with 39 goals the second best scorer of the competition Asli Iskit who has been suspended for this match by the Court of Handball due to an incident in an earlier match.
In Bordeaux, Union Mios Biganos-Begles are defending a seven-goal lead against DHC Sokol Poruba who visit the Salle Jean Dauguet on late Sunday afternoon. Having won 31:24 in the Czech Republic in the first leg, Biganos-Begles are obvious favourites to proceed to the semi-finals.
Another French team is in an even better position. HAC Handball are leading by eight goals against WHC Knjaz Milos Arandjelovac. Having won 33:25 in Serbia last weekend, HAC are very close to the best four before the second leg in the Docks Ocean on Sunday afternoon. If both French teams finish their jobs, they will face each other in the semi-final.
TEXT: Peter Bruun / br
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