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EHF European Cup

AEK hope to make strong comeback

EHF / Sergey Nikolaev

CSM Bucuresti, the Challenge Cup winners in 2019, defeated AEK Athens HC in the EHF European Cup Men Last 16 first leg at home, 28:23.

Yet AEK, who were the finalists of the third-tier European club competition in 2018, hope to make a strong comeback on Sunday in Athens.

Six of the weekend's clashes will be streamed live on EHFTV.

  • besides the match in Greece, four more return-leg encounters will take place this weekend
  • it will be especially tight in Polva, as local side Polva Serviti and Russia's SGAU-Saratov ended the first-leg match in a 28:28 draw
  • in the Czech-Slovak derby, HC Robe Zubri need to defend a seven-goal advantage taken in the home game against MSK Povazska Bystrica (29:22)
  • two ties, Donbas vs CS Minaur Baia Mare and SC kelag Ferlach vs Sabbianco Anorthosis Famagusta, will be played as double-headers on Friday and Saturday
  • Ystads IF progressed to the quarter-final without playing, as their matches with SG INSIGNIS Handball Westwien were cancelled due to the Covod-19 situation 

Bosnian sides looking for home revenge

Bosnia and Herzegovina have two teams left in the competition, yet both lost their first-leg games away from home.

Following a 33:21 defeat at HC Neva SPb, Gracanica need a miracle in the return match in order to go through. However, RK Borac m:tel have a more realistic chance to turn things around, as they lost at RK Gorenje Velenje by only four goals, 32:28.

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