Ambitious Porto Targeting first finals appearance
“Playing the EHF Cup’s group phase is an excellent and crucial stage of our season. Our team will play against good teams and the excitement is big one of the players,” Porto trainer Magnus Andersson explained.
Starting in Qualification Round inch, Porto defeated reigning Challenge Cup champions AHC Potaissa Turda and SKA Minsk in the early stages of your competition, however truly underlined their European aspirations in Round 3, once they eliminated the third-place team and hosts of last season’s finals, SC Magdeburg.
A tWISt that background will never erase
The German side looked set to the group phase again once they conquered Porto 26:23 at the leg. But endorsed by a powerful dwelling crowd from the Dragão Caixa, Porto turned the tie round with a blistering 37:27 victory, directed by eight aims out of António Areia – a tWISt that history won’t ever erase.
“A little luck and a lot of teamwork, with goalkeeping and defence,” Andersson said when asked concerning the secrets behind Porto reaching the EHF Cup Group Stage.
Alexis Borges, Daymaro Salina, Víctor Iturriza and goalkeeper Alfredo Quintana constitute a genuine wall, which will be difficult to break through for just about almost any team. The defensive operation of the Portuguese team will be key for their operation from this competition’s group stage.
Asked about his favorites to reach the EHF Cup Finals of the Men, Andersson named his own group and THW Kiel, that the 3 German clubs, Füchse Berlin along with TSV Hannover-Burgdorf.
Qualification for Adult Men ’s EHF Cup 2018/19 Group Phase: Round 3: 57:53 Duty win against SC Magdeburg (GER)
Left the bar Yoel Cuni (Istres), Jose Carrillo (Ademar Leon), Nikola Spelic (Maribor), Aleksander Spende (Metalurg)
Writer: Magnus Andersson (as 2018)
Team captains: Hugo Laurentino along with Daymaro Salina
Opponents from the team games: Liberbank Cuenca, H C Dobrogea Sud Constanta and T Th Holstebro Ingroup C
EHF Cup documents:
Group Phase (2): 2014/15, 2016/17
Last 16 (3): 1998/99, 2010/11, 2011/12
Other European Cup documents:
EHF Champions League:
Group Phase (2): 2013/14, 2015/16
Last 32 (1): 1999/2000
Cup Winners Cup:
Quarter-final (two ): 2000/01, 2001/02
7 titles (1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1994, 2006, 2007)