Nantes hope to squeeze into quarter-final

EHF / Danijela Vekić, Adrian Costeiu, Sergey Nikolaev

Six of the eight quarter-finalists of the EHF European League Women 2021/22 have already been confirmed ahead of the final round of the group phase this weekend.

While all has been decided in groups A (Sola and Besancon) and D (Viborg and Valcea), there is still a lot to play for in groups B (winners Bietigheim) and C (winners Herning-Ikast), with a total of five teams still hopeful to finish as runners-up and grab one of the two remaining quarter-final spots.

In group B, third-ranked titleholders Nantes (currently on four points) need a misstep from second-ranked Baia Mare (five points) in order to be able to overtake the Romanian side.

And in group C, three teams – Storhamar, Cisnadie, and Lada – have at least a mathematical chance to join Herning into the quarter-final.


Motherson Mosonmagyarovari KC (HUN) vs HC Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO)
Sunday 20 February, 14:00 CET, live on EHFTV

  • both teams have no chance of progressing further
  • the Hungarian team won the reverse fixture 22:19
  • they might be last in their European League group, Lokomotiva are doing well in the Croatian league where they lately beat Umag 38:20 for first place
  • Mosonmagyarovar are welcoming Lokomotiva after a clear 34:25 win over Érd in the Hungarian league, but they still deal with injuries

Sola HK (NOR) vs ES Besancon Feminin (FRA)
Sunday 20 February, 16:00 CET, live on EHFTV

  • Sola are looking to finish the group phase with a perfect six wins from six matches, while Besancon are aiming for their fourth victory
  • Besancon are coming off a 25:18 win over Paris 92 in the French League, where they are still in fifth place
  • Sola clearly beat Follo HK Damer in the Norwegian league: 39:21
  • Sola have scored 162 goals so far, the highest number of all 16 teams in the group phase


CS Minaur Baia Mare (ROU) vs SG BBM Bietigheim (GER)
Saturday, 19 February, 16:00 CET, live on EHFTV

  • Baia Mare book their quarter-final spot if they beat already-qualified Bietigheim; a draw or a defeat will make them wait for the result of the other group match on Sunday
  • one team that competed at the EHF Finals Women last season will miss the quarter-final this season: either hosts Baia Mare of champions Nantes
  • Baia Mare have conceded 154 goals in the group phase; only Hungarian side Vaci NKSE had more goals scored against them
  • only Sola in group A (162) scored more goals than Bietigheim (160) so far
  • Baia Mare suffered their biggest defeat in Europe in the reverse fixture in Germany (39:20) but have lost only once in seven home games against German teams

Les Neptunes de Nantes (FRA) vs MKS Zaglebie Lubin (POL)
Sunday, 20 February, 14:00 CET, live on EHFTV

  • Nantes will know at the start of their match if they still have a chance to reach the quarter-final and, if so, what result they need
  • Nantes (on four points) can only advance if Baia Mare (five points) have dropped one or two points against Bietigheim the day before
  • If Nantes and Baia Mare end up with the same number of points, the French side will go through thanks to the better head-to-head comparison
  • the reigning champions have already lost more games this season – three – than in their title-winning campaign: two
  • Lubin have so far failed to win an away match in France in any European competition
20220218 ELW Nantes Placzek Quote
We know that this is a really important game for us. We are aware that we have to win if we want to think about qualifying for the quarter-final. I think the key to our success will be a strong defence game.
Adrianna Placzek
Les Neptunes de Nantes goalkeeper


Magura Cisnadie (ROU) vs Herning-Ikast Handbold (DEN)
Saturday 19 February, 18:00 CET, live on EHFTV

  • Herning-Ikast boast a perfect record of five wins from as many matches and are certain to finish top of the group
  • third-ranked Magura still have a chance to advance but even a win against Herning-Ikast do not guarantee them a quarter-final ticket
  • Magura need to earn more points than Storhamar (visiting Lada) to go through; if they finish level, Storhamar have the tiebreaker
  • Magura have won both home encounters in the current group stage: 33:28 against Storhamar and 27:24 against Lada
  • Herning won the reverse fixture 31:28, when Emma Friis scored eight goals

Handball Club Lada (RUS) vs Storhamar Handball Elite (NOR)
Sunday 20 February, 14:00 CET, live on EHFTV

  • an emphatic win against Magura lifted Storhamar to the second position with four points
  • a victory at Lada will secure Storhamar a spot in the quarter-final, but they may go through even when they fail to win
  • Lada lost all four matches they played; the match against Magura was cancelled and Lada were awarded a 10:0 win
  • Lada still have a minimal chance to go through, but only if Magura have lost to Herning-Ikast on Saturday; in that case, Lada must beat Storhamar by at least eight goals to advance
  • Storhamar won the reverse match against Lada by five goals: 34:29      


Viborg HK (DEN) vs Chambray Touraine Handball (FRA)
Saturday 19 February, 16:00 CET, live on EHFTV

  • after taking three points in two games against Valcea, Viborg secured top position in the group
  • the Danish team stay unbeaten, winning four of their five matches
  • Viborg head coach Jakob Vestergaard: “It is a slightly special match for both teams as it has no significance, but we will try to win the match so that we go undefeated through the group phase”
  • Chambray, ranked third with two points, have no chance of reaching the quarter-final
  • Viborg won the reverse fixture in France: 27:24

Váci NKSE (HUN) vs SCM Ramnicu Valcea (ROU)
Sunday 20 February, 16:00 CET, live on EHFTV

  • last week, Vác ended their four-game losing run when they beat Chambray 35:29
  • Vác have no more chance of progressing, as they have just two points
  • Valcea, who will finish as runners-up regardless Sunday’s result, suffered their first defeat in the current group phase in a rescheduled match at Viborg: 31:20
  • Asma Elghaoui's 11 goals propelled Valcea to a commanding 39:29 win over Vác in round 2

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