QUARTER-FINAL REVIEW: Saint-Raphael Var Handball become the only non-German team to qualify for the LIQUI MOLY EHF Cup Finals by adding an eight-goal win to their 30:26 victory at home.
Saint-Raphael break German EHF Cup dominance
Saint-Raphael Var Handball will be in the draw with three German teams for the LIQUID-MOLY EHF Cup Finals following a clear win in Kassel on Saturday night. The aggregate victory sends the French team to the Men’s EHF Cup Finals for the first time in four attempts, after they won 30:26 at home in the first match.
"We’re absolutely disappointed. We didn’t come into the match despite a sensational crowd and couldn’t use our chances. That’s not enough at this level of play," said Melsungen captain Müller. "We missed a spark to make our emotions explode. Therefore, it was a well-deserved success for the French team through two matches and we want to wish them all the best for the FINAL4."
"The most important for us was the first 15 minutes of the game. We prepared especially for that period," said Saint-Raphael coach Joel Da Silva. "When we stayed close Melsungen began to doubt their own strength. That was our match plan and we made it."
At the draw on Tuesday, Saint-Raphael will be in the bowl together with Füchse Berlin and SC Magdeburg, who both qualified earlier on Saturday, along with organisers Frisch Auf Göppingen.
TEXT: Peter Bruun / cg
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