Mathieu WARNIER, Media365, published on Tuesday April 05, 2022 at 8:56 p.m.
If Nantes got the better of the Füchse Berlin (30-33) and will see the quarter-finals of the European League, Toulouse has not confirmed its success in the first leg against Benfica and leaves the competition (36-30).
Nantes will be there for the quarter-finals of the European League. After winning the first leg at home by the narrowest of margins against Füchse Berlin, Alberto Entrerrios’ side had a huge challenge ahead of them against the two-time winners of the competition under their former identity. Thanks to Kiril Lazarov (5 goals on 6 shots), the “H” got off to a good start, racing in the lead for the first 20 minutes before seeing the Berlin club come back up and complete the first act with a length of ‘advance. Driven by their public, Lasse Andersson’s teammates (5 goals from 11 shots) kept control of the game, with a three-goal lead just over a quarter of an hour from the end of the game. It was then that Emil Nielsen (14 saves at 33% efficiency) put the Füchse Berlin attack in difficulty. On the other side of the field, Théo Monar (6 goals from 7 shots) and the Nantes attack fired all the way to completely reverse the trend and, in turn, lead by three goals with seven minutes still on the clock. The end of the game saw the Berlin attackers fail to exploit Nantes’ errors, missing their last four shots. The “H” wins (30-33) and validates its ticket for the quarter-finals (58-54).
Toulouse could not confirm
Nantes will not be accompanied by Toulouse in the next round. The Fenix, who remained on a four-goal victory in the first leg against Benfica, could see it coming … but ended up cracking. A return match on Lisbon soil that Toulouse were able to launch in the best possible way. With a Nemanja Ilic in form (8 goals from 13 shots), Danijel Andelkovic’s players had a no less than four-goal lead after just nine minutes. However, Benfica had resources, Petar Djordjic (14 goals on 18 shots) putting the defense of Fenix to the torture. The Portuguese capital club made their comeback just over four minutes from half-time and, finishing the first half 3-0, went two lengths ahead at the break. A match which then completely escaped Toulouse, who saw the gap swell quite quickly on the return to the floor. Lacking efficiency against the opposing net, the Fenix attackers lost control of the situation, Benfica passing in position to qualify eight minutes after the restart. Returning to three goals at the start of the last ten minutes, the Fenix players were unable to continue their momentum and lost six goals (36-30), seeing their European journey come to an end (70 -68).
HANDBALL – EUROPEAN LEAGUE (H) / ROUND OF 16 RETURN
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Benfica – Toulouse: 36-30 >>> Benfica qualified (70-68)
Pelister- Nexe : 21-22 >>> Qualified Nexe (51-47)
Fuchse Berlin – Nantes : 30-33 >>> Nantes qualified (58-54)
GOG – Bidasoa Irun: 33-31 >>> GOG qualified (63-59)
Savehof – Schaffhausen: 34-28 >>> Schaffouse qualified on away goals (60-60)
Wisla Plock-Lemgo: 28-28 >>> Wisla Plock qualified (59-56)
8:45 p.m.: Magdeburg – Sporting Portugal (first leg: 29-29)
8:45 p.m.: Nimes – Velenje (first leg: 22-29)