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1 month ago - 3/21/2019

GOG can secure second place behind Kiel

After four rounds, THW Kiel have already been confirmed as the winners of Group D and the first participants of the AKQUINET EHF Cup Finals on home court on 17/18 May. The big question now is whether Granollers or GOG will finish second - and if the runners-up will make it to the quarter-finals or not.

As hosts Kiel are seeded through to the finals tournament, only three quarter-finals will be played, meaning the fourth-best runners-up from the group phase will not advance. Currently GOG are in this position.

If GOG beat Azoty-Pulawy on Saturday after Kiel have defeated Granollers, the Danish side will have secured second place. In any case, the duel between Granollers and GOG in the last round next weekend will decide if a team from Group D will make it to the quarter-finals.

GROUP D

THW Kiel (GER) vs Fraikin BM. Granollers (ESP)
Saturday 23 March, 18:00 hrs local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • Kiel and Granollers are the only teams in the group phase which have won the EHF Cup under the old format

  • Kiel won the away game against Granollers by 11 goals (33:22)

  • Kiel can earn their 20th victory in 20 EHF Cup home games

  • Granollers must win to remain in the race for quarter-finals

  • Granollers’ wing Adrian Figueras is the competition‘s second-best scorer with 45 goals

GOG (DEN) vs KS Azoty-Pulawy SA (POL)
Saturday 23 March, 18:45 hrs local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • if Kiel have beaten Granollers in the earlier match, GOG can lock up second place with a win against Pulawy

  • GOG won the reverse fixture in Poland 31:28 thanks to a 4:0 run in the last four minutes

  • Pulawy lost both away matches so far and are out of the quarter-final race with one point

  • two top-10 scorers meet in this duel: Pawel Podsialo (Pulawy, 39 goals) and Emil Jacobsen (GOG, 33)

Author: Björn Pazen / ew