Men's Challenge Cup semi-finals certain to feature a Czech team
With two Czech clubs and two Romanian clubs through to the Men's Challenge Cup quarter-finals, there was a good chance the draw would throw up a national derby - and that was exactly what happened on Tuesday.
HCB Karvina will play compatriots HC Dukla Praha in the quarter-finals, with Karvina taking the first home right.
Defending champions CSM Bucuresti avoided a quarter-final against their fellow Romanians AHC Potaissa Turda. Instead, Bucharest will travel to Russia for the first leg against HC Victor, who have reached the quarter-finals for the third year in a row.
The third quarter-final is a rematch of the 2018 final, with 2018 champions Potaissa Turda drawing A.E.K. Athens. The Greek team, who also reached the semi-finals in 2019, take the first home right.
The final quarter-final will be a Nordic derby between Norwegian side Halden Topphandball and Icelandic club Valur.
Men's Challenge Cup quarter-final draw:— EHF European Cup (@ehf_ec) February 18, 2020
QF1 - HC Victor vs @CSMBucharest
QF2 - HCB Karvina vs HC Dukla Praha
QF3 - @aek_official vs @AHCPotaissa
QF4 - Halden Topphandball vs @valurhandbolti pic.twitter.com/FEyD8nSpx8
In the semi-finals, the winner of the quarter-final between Halden and Valur will play either Potaissa Turda or Athens. The second semi-final pairing will see either Karvina or Praha taking the first home right, with Victor or Bucharest playing at home in the second leg.
The first leg of the quarter-finals will be played on 21 and 22 March, with the second leg the following weekend. The first leg of the semi-finals will take place on 25 and 26 April, with the second leg a week later.
Author: EHF / jh