Which team finishes the quarter-final line up?
Fourteen days ago, 16 teams started the guys ’s EHF Cup Group Phase with the hopes of making it into the quarter finals.
With the last matches at the four groups to be played in this weekend, most teams understand whether they will soon be featured in another of those two pots at the attraction for those quarter finals on Tuesday (2 April) at Vienna.
Hosts Kiel have been seeded through to the finals
THW Kiel have won their Group D, so that because the hosts, they’ve been seeded through to the AKQUINET EHF Cup Finals on 17/18 May.
Since Kiel are skipping this particular phase, the quarter finals will consist of 3 pairings: the 3 winners out of Groups A/B/C will take on the three best runners up from the 4 groups within two legs.
The 4 teams finishing second in their respective groups will soon be ranked based on (1 ) ) overall points, (2) goal difference, and (3) goals scored, with only the team finishing last at this ranking to overlook out at the quarter finals.
Three teams vying for final quarter-final spot
Going in the final weekend of the group phase, only 1 quarter final spot is still available, and three teams have a opportunity to grab it: GOG (Group D) come in the best position but HC Dobrogea Sud Constanta and t th Holstebro (both Group C) are abandoned using a slim opportunity to grab it.
The long tail duel between two Danish sides – GOG and Holstebro – makes the decision more alluring.
The five teams already secured of a quarter-final berth are Füchse Berlin, Saint-Raphaël Var Hand-ball, TSV Hannover-Burgdorf, Grundos Tatabánya KC and FC Porto Sofarma.
Only Porto already guaranteed at Pot 1 at draw
From this quintet, only Porto have been validated as category winners and so the side will be put in Pot inch to get the quarter final draw. Another 4 teams will merely find out this weekend whether they advance as category winners or as runners up – therefore whether they will be at Pot inch or 2 at Pot 2.
The draw will happen the EHF Office at Vienna on Tuesday at 11 hrs.
TEXT: EHF / ew