Sporting, Nantes book first quarter-final tickets

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EHF / Danijela Vekić

Sporting CP and HBC Nantes are the first two confirmed quarter-finalists after both teams locked up the top position in their respective group of the EHF European League Men main round on Tuesday. Sporting beat titleholders Füchse Berlin for the second straight week to win group IV, while Nantes had a straightforward victory at Górnik Zabrze to secure top spot in group I. Rhein-Neckar Löwen and RK Nexe also had important wins to wrap up round 3 action.

220240227 ELM Review 2 Quote Hannover
We got off to a good start. But after that, Löwen clearly showed us our limits. We have failed too often because of a strong David Späth, who played an outstanding game. Löwen then had the momentum on their side and played it to the end in a disciplined manner. Our attack was too predictable today.
Christian Prokopp
Head coach, TSV Hannover-Burgdorf
220240227 ELM Review 2 Quote Löwen
Unfortunately we had a very nervous start. But my team improved in attack and also did what we had planned in defence. David (Späth) was a very important stabiliser today and kept us in the game with his saves, especially in the first half. This meant we were able to extend our lead later and leave the court as the deserved winners.
Sebastian Hinze
Head coach, Rhein-Neckar Löwen
Tomasz Strzabala
Nantes played in a very good way. However, I cannot be satisfied with our play, because again we did not take advantage of one-on-one opportunities. Without these goals, it is difficult to fight against a rival like HBC Nantes.
Tomasz Strzabala
Head coach, Górnik Zabrze
220240227 ELM Review 2 Gallery 21
We finished at the first place in the group, so we are very happy. Maybe the result suggests that we won easily, but it was a hard game and we need to fight for every goal.
Grégory Cojean
Head coach, HBC Nantes
220240227 ELM Review 2 Quote Nexe
We were aware that we played the match in Velenje badly, we were in a certain psychological block, and we needed this victory to get back into a positive rhythm and to show character.
Ivan Sršen
Right back, RK Nexe
220240227 ELM Review 2 Quote Velenje
At the beginning, it was already clear that it would be an interesting match. We played well in the first half, while in the second half we lost the rhythm of the game. RK Nexe have a wider bench as well as more experience, and that was the deciding factor in the end.
Enej Slatinek Jovičić
Left back, RK Gorenje Velenje
220240227 ELM Review 2 Quote Sporting
We knew we had to be even better than we were in Berlin and I think we did that. Leo Maciel was crucial. We were also better in the last minutes. We want to be in the EHF Finals. The atmosphere was the best I've experienced in Pavilhão João Rocha.
Ricardo Costa
Head coach, Sporting CP
220240227 ELM Review 2 Quote Füchse
In the first half we didn't start well, but took the draw and were back in the game. In the start of the second half, we were good, but Sporting CP took the lead really fast. We knew what they wanted to do, but we didn't have the ability to do that. The goalkeeper [Leo Maciel] was also very good today and we missed some chances. Big respect to Sporting CP, they deserved it."
Jaron Siewert
Head coach, Füchse Berlin

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