Round of 16 second leg results
The return legs of the Velux EHF Champions League rond of 16 ties were played over the weekend weekend, and now Paris Saint-Germain Handball know who they will face in the quarters. Check out all the results.
Kielce - Zaporozhye: 34-29
After a 33-33 draw in Ukraine in the first leg, Kielce were favourites to qualify heading into their clash at home to Zaporozhye on Saturday afternoon. And the Poles wore that tag well, keeping Zaporozhye at arm's length throughout the match and going as far as six goals in front at one point in the second term (42’: 26-20). Led by the goal-scoring duo of Alex Dujshebaev and Uladzislau Kulesh (six goals each), the 2016 European Champions punched their ticket for the quarter-finals, where they will face Paris Saint-Germain Handball.
Veszprém - Sporting: 35-29
Despite spending the first 50 minutes of the first leg (28-30) very much on the back foot, Veszprém turned things right around in the second leg as Sporting came calling at the Veszprém Arena. Macedonian left-winger Dejan Manaskov's magnificent strike was emblematic of the style that the home side injected into proceedings, and now Kentin Mahé and his teammates are through to the quarters, going one better than they managed last season.
Nantes - Rhein-Neckar: 30-27
The clash between Nantes and Rhein-Neckar was perhaps the most suspenseful of the return leg matches after a 34-32 win for the Germans in the first leg. The tension remained intact for most of the match too, as the two sides duked it out for a place in the quarters (55’: 28-27), but the outcome was decided in an instant as Nantes' France international Romain Lagarde - with his side's last attack of the match - fired home from nine metres out to leave Nantes on front at the final buzzer. Thierry Anti's men now face Barcelona in the quarters.
Vardar Skopje - Zagreb: 32-30
2017 winners Vardar Skopje seemed to have stitched things up in the first leg in Croatia, beating Zagreb by a large margin (18-27). In the second leg, the Macedonians maintained the upper hand for the first 30 minutes, conceding 13 goals as they bagged 19 of their own. Almost certain of qualifying, Ivan Cupic (9 from 10) and his teammates took their foot off the gas somewhat in the second term, but they did enough to stitch up the quarters berth against their SEHA League rivals. They will face Szeged in the next round.
Szeged - Wisla Plock: 23-16
Just like compatriots Veszprém, Szeged had to battle hard in the first leg against Wisla Plock (20-22) in order to head into the return leg in the driver's seat. On Sunday, it seemed the Hungarians had learnt their lesson, especially in defence, where they limited the Poles to just eight goals in each half. At the other end of the court, Bence Banhidi led the way with 7 from 7 to see his side through to the quarters.
Flensburg - Meshkov Brest: 30-20
Finally, Flensburg played host to Meshkov Brest on Sunday to round out the second-leg action. After winning 28-30 in the first leg, the German side were favourites to qualify and they lived up to their status comfortably, with 'keeper Benjamin Buric's vigilance (48% save rate) posing the visitors plenty of problems. On the other hand, Hampus Wanne cut loose with several spectacular moves including a brilliant one-on-one finish past Ivan Pesic. Flensburg go through to the quarters.