The only certainty is that FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria are through to the main group stages, the other four qualification places will be decided tomorrow.
The Hungarians followed their 40:26 first leg win over IUVENTA Michalovce with 31:22 one to ease to a 71:48 aggregate win – for everyone else there are finals to be played.
In Viborg it is Viborg who will play Vistal Laczpol Gdynia and the hosts must be favourites. Byasen Trondheim are another host who is through to their final and they face Buxtehuder of the Bundesliga – again I’ll back Scandanavia. The third group also saw the hosts proceed to the final: Cluj came from behind to overwhelm their Turkish opponents 34:26 and they now face Rostov-Don of Russia. I’ll back the Russians.
In the wild card tournament it’s two games played and one to go. Leipzig beat Issy Paris Hand by 5 but then lost by the same margin to Zvezda Zvenigorod. Tomorrow Issy play Zvezda. A Zvezda win in front of the French crowd would make it simple but if the home side win then we’ll be looking at points difference to see who proceeds. Again, I’m going for a Russian win though.
On a final note, the #battleofbritain twixt Holly Lam-Moores of Viborg and Kathryn Fudge of LC Bruehl finished even at 3-3 even though Viborg won the match 30:14.