ROUND REVIEW: The last seven teams for the Last 16 of the Women's Challenge Cup are found, the pots for the Tuesday's draw have been determined.
Colegio de Gaia celebrate Last 16 ticket in Finland
Like it is often the case with double-headers, the three ties, in which both legs were played this weekend in the Women's Challenge Cup, ended with clear decisions.
The smallest difference was found in Helsiniki, where HIFK were hosting Colegio de Gaia from Portugal.
After 19:19 at half-time, the visitors won the first leg 36:29, and even though they were down 15:14 after the first 30 minutes of the second leg, they were never in danger of being sent out from the tournament, and ended by winning the second match too, 32:29 this time.
The difference was bigger in the Netherlands, where it was the hosts who held the upper hand. Schuler Afbouwgroep/DOS were receiving ABU Baku from Azerbaijan.
The Dutch hosts simply won the first match on Friday by eight goals – 27:19 – and the second leg Saturday by one goal less, 29:22.
However, this did not make the Polish women relax the following day, as they beat their visitors almost as big, 37:17 on that occasion.
On the contrary. Izmir won again, this time 27:23 and made no doubt about their Last 16 berth.
Pots for Last 16 draw announced
The Last 16 draw will take place on Tuesday 24 November at 14:00 hrs at the EHF Office in Vienna.
The teams are divided in two pots:
POT 1 (8 teams)
CZE DHC Sokol Poruba
TEXT: Peter Bruun / br
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