The next stage of this Women’s EHF Champions League 2018/19, the principal round, came to a conclusion on Sunday after six rounds of stimulating competition. Even the 16 teams that began the race to the prize past October have now been reduced to eight, now ready to play with the quarter-finals in April 5 to 14.
Two teams, both in Scandinavia, reach the quarter finals for the very first time ever: Vipers Kristiansand in Norway and Danish side Odense HC. Rounding out that the Quarterfinalists are French club Metz Hand-ball, Hungarian team FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria, and Montenegrin group Buducnost.
The eight quarter finalists reached the knockout stage after procuring places one of the top four in their respective major round classes. Six many games were played at the home round, after the six rounds at the band games phase.
The current champions Györi Audi ETO KC have caused it to the phase of the season with a best album. Contributing to their six wins in the group games, the side conquered Vipers and CSM twice each in the home round. The only blemish in the otherWISe perfect album has been that the results against domestic rivals FTC, against whom Györ played exciting draws.
Because of their own 18 points, Györ topped chief across Team two ahead of Vipers and FTC on 12 points. Krim and Thüringer H C are so out of their running for the 2018/19 name, because their season’s have arrived at an end with the last matches in the main round.
Back in Group 1, Metz hand ball have drawn substantial focus on their impressive form during the main round particularly. The French side, headed by new Netherlands women’s trainer Emmanuel Mayonnade, had won each of won almost each of their primary round games up before a defeat in the previous match to already eliminated Kobenhavn hand ball. Nevertheless, they had already secured first place in the category, finishing the phase on 15 points.
Buducnost placed third with 11 points, while supporting them two Danish clubs fought for the last ticket to the quarter finals. Though Odense and Kobenhavn both accumulated eight things, it had been a success over Kobenhavn at Round 5 that clinched Odense’s place at the knockout stage. Kobenhavn ranked French and fifth team Brest Bretagne hand ball put first with three things.
In the quarter finals, CSM will meet Metz, Odense will face Györ, FTC will play Rostov-Don and Buducnost will simply need on Vipers.