HBCN players congratulate each other in the 2020-2021 Champions League.


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Despite many absences on the rear base (Gurbindo, Ovniceck and de La Bretèche), HBC Nantes did it.

He went for the feat in Poland by winning against Kielce 34 to 31 in the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League, and qualified for the quarter-finals of the queen of European handball competition.

On the first leg, a week ago at the H Arena, the “H” had yet lost (24-25) against this former winner of the biggest European competition (2016).

For a place in Final 4, Alberto Entrerrios' players will face Veszprem or Vardar Skopje in the quarterfinals, with the Hungarians on a favorable waiver after a success in the round of 16 first leg in Macedonia 41 to 27.

😳 THEY DID IT (again)!

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- HBCNantes (@HBCNantes) April 7, 2021

Nantes were able to count on an excellent game from center-half Aymeric Minne (8 out of 10), yet back from injury, and Danish goalkeeper Emil Nielsen (15 saves), while veteran Macedonian Kiril Lazarov (41 years old) May 10) proved to be extremely valuable in the last ten minutes.

“I have a thought for those who stayed at home but played the first leg.

It is also thanks to them that we won this match and that we qualify today.

It was a big fight.

This is my first year in the Champions League and I'm already experiencing such emotions and it's great, ”said Minne.


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