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Summary: Kielce, MHB, Veszprém and PSG join quarter-finals

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The second leg of the Machineseeker EHF Champions League play-offs saw the four remaining quarter-final places decided.

On Wednesday, Industria Kielce and Montpellier HB booked their quarter-final tickets with wins over GOG and HC Zagreb, respectively. On Thursday, Veszprém secured their spot in the next stage as they beat Szeged, before PSG won their second leg against Plock to follow suit. 

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The goal was to be qualified and it’s done. Before the game, we knew Plock was a tough team and they showed it again tonight. We missed some actions but we fought until the end. It’s crucial for the dynamic. We have several games coming. The step of round of 16 is done and now we have to stay focused.
Mathieu Grebille
Left wing, Paris Saint-Germain Handball
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Paris played a fantastic game. I think that I can be proud of my team and my players. One more time, we showed that we have a high level. We came here with ambition, and this is the most important for me. We improved year by year — not still at the level of PSG but I am sure that if we continue, we will be soon.
Xavi Sabate
Head coach, Orlen Wisla Plock
20240404 Veszprem Szeged 35 Kentin Mahe (1)
I am very proud. The work is not done yet. I am very proud that we managed to defeat Szeged twice in a row. Both teams respected each other, and that is how it should be. We fight. We move on.
Kentin Mahé
Centre back, Telekom Veszprém HC
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Roland Mikler said that whoever knocks this Veszprém out of the Champions League deserves to win the series. I agree. We had a lot of technical mistakes. With this, you cannot win a match. We were at a big disadvantage and we carried that with us throughout the match. It turned into a running game, which favoured Veszprém. Unfortunately, we only had moments in this duel. We have to pull ourselves together physically and mentally and try to somehow surprise Veszprém in the Hungarian Cup or the championship.
Krisztián Kárpáti
Head coach, OTP Bank - Pick Szeged
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We played a not so good first half, and an even worse start to the second half. After a timeout we regrouped the defence, played some good fastbreaks, better realisation and 100 per cent shots. We deserved to win. It’s really hard to play the Champions League, we have to be really proud that we qualified to the quarter-final and hope we will not stop there.
Stas Skube
Centre back, Montpellier HB
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We are very satisfied. Everybody knows that it is difficult to play this game when you have nothing to win. GOG showed today why they are a pretty interesting team. Next round we will play against the best team in the world. Magdeburg is twice world champion and Champions League winner, for 99 per cent they win German Bundesliga again. We are very motivated playing against one of the best teams in the world.
Talant Dujshebaev
Head coach, Industria Kielce

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