Day review 2: Dramatic battle for main round spots in late matches
Four more teams progressed to the main round of the EHF European League Men in the late matches of round 5 on Tuesday. The biggest upset happened in Schaffhausen, where Kadetten had a stunning comeback for a 25:24 win over SG Flensburg-Handewitt. HBC Nantes, Bjerringbro-Silkeborg, and Sporting CP also made it through.
With the three teams progressing earlier Tuesday and the seven teams who had already done so last week, 14 of the 16 tickets for the main round have been booked, leaving just two open spots to be contested in the concluding round 6 of the group matches.
We are very happy to win this game because we confirm our presence in the next round, and it was the first time that our club win away at Benfica. Benfica had a lot of injured players, including the two goalkeepers, and that gave us some confidence for this game.
First of all, it ended up being a very tough match. I think we started excellent on both sides of the court – in defence and in attack. But two times we let them back in the game and that was really disappointing. In the end we won, but it was too close a match as we had everything under control.
It was incredible tonight. I just have to praise my team and the staff of Kadetten Schaffhausen. I'm so proud to be part of it.