EHFCL Round 2 Preview: Veszprem host Kiel, Vardar against Porto Sofarma
The first round of the EHF Champions League was extremely interesting for SEHA clubs. Two of them secured important victories, while other five clubs showed incredible strength and team spirit on the court.
Eurofarm Rabotnik will officially open the second round and try to secure their first victory in this competition. Even though they lost their debut match on the EHF Champions League court, the second round brings them a fresh opportunity to win the points. In their first guest appearance, Eurofarm will meet with the Swedish team IK Savehof on Wednesday, the 18th of September. The home team had an amazing opening of the season with a victory in the first round. A tough match is in front of Eurofarm, but their ambition for good results will carry them on the court.
The second round for SEHA clubs will continue on the 21st of September when Telekom Veszprem will host THW Kiel. Hungarian champions will once again play on the home court and have the support from their fans. After their incredible win against Motor Zaporozhye in the previous round, they will be motivated to continue the winning streak. On the other hand, incredibly successful German team will also be eager to win the points after PGE VIVE Kielce managed to tie the result in the last moments of the first round match. There is no doubt, the match between two handball giants will raise much heat and bring excitement to the court.
On the same day, Belarusian Meshkov Brest will meet with the French Montpellier. This time, they will play on the home court which will give them additional strength to win their first points of the season. They are definitely looking for a confidence boost after they lost to Porto Sofarma who completely surprised everyone in the first round. Montpellier also didn't have a great start of the season as Vardar beat them in the opening round.
In the second round, Slovakian Tatran Presov will travel to Portugal where they will play against Sporting CP. They will be fully motivated in this away appearance as they didn't manage to secure the points in the first round. Slavko Goluza's squad will have a tough job as Sporting showed incredible play against Eurofarm Rabotnik in the opening round.
Sunday, the 22nd of September will be reserved for PPD Zagreb and Aalborg Handbold match. Croatian champions will travel to Denmark and will seek the redemption after a tough loss against Paris Saint Germain on the home court. Danish team started the season with a big victory in the opening round, so they will be motivated for another great result. This will be the first time these two teams meet so it will be interesting to see how will they adapt to each other's playing styles.
SC Jane Sandanski will once again be the home of amazing handball. Reigning European champions Vardar will continue their defence title journey on the home court against Porto Sofarma on Sunday. Amazing squad from Skopje will be eager to continue their winning streak, while Porto will try to win another precious points. It won't be easy as Vardar will have a huge support from their always present, loyal fans.
The clash between PGE VIVE Kielce and Motor Zaporozhye will finish this weekend's action. In the second guest appearance, Ukrainian gem Motor Zaporozhye will once again meet with a tough opponent. After losing to Telekom Veszprem in the opening round, the guest squad will be driven to secure a victory. The home team also had tough clash in the first round against THW Kiel, but showed amazing resistance and secured precious point with a draw. These two teams know each other very well as they met a couple of times in the previous seasons. Motor Zaporozhye were better two times, while Polish team secured a single victory. Other two matches ended with a tie.
Wednesday, 18th of September
19:00 IK Savehof – Eurofarm Rabotnik (Group C)
Saturday, 21st of September
17:30 Telekom Veszprem – THW Kiel (Group B)
17:30 Meshkov Brest – Montpellier HB (Group B)
19:30 Sporting CP – Tatran Presov (Group C)
Sunday, 22nd of September
16:50 Aalborg Handbold – PPD Zagreb (Group A)
17:00 Vardar – Porto Sofarma (Group B)
20:00 PGE VIVE Kielce – Motor Zaporozhye (Group B)