Four out of four for French clubs in the European League (ex-EHF Cup). While Nantes was directly qualified, Aix-en-Provence, Nîmes and Toulouse played their qualification this Tuesday evening after positive results in the first leg. The three French clubs won their second round second leg and qualified for the group stage of the competition.
Aix knocks out Arendal
In the first leg, Aix-en-Provence could not bring back better than a draw (27-27) from Norway against Arendal. This Tuesday evening, the Provencals did not tremble and won (40-22) against the Norwegians. The PAUC was able to count on a huge Alejandro Romero Carreas in the goals, with almost 50% saves. A walk that allowed many players to stack goals, starting with the Kristjansson-Loesch-Brasseleur trio (6 goals each). Thierry Anti’s men obviously did not want to let their chance to play Europe go this season.
Toulouse in control
The Toulousans had ensured a comfortable lead of 6 goals at the end of the first leg against Malmö (30-24). They knew how to manage it and did not tremble during their trip to Sweden. An easy victory (29-25) with good shooting efficiency (66%), starting with that of Erik Balenciaga Azcue (6/7) who finished top scorer of the match.
Nîmes managed the advance of the first leg
If the Gardois had largely won at home (36-29) against Moscow, the trip to Russia was more perilous on Tuesday. Nîmes draws a draw (29-29), in particular thanks to the efficiency of winger Mohamed Hisham Sanad (9 of 11 shooting). The Gardois got in trouble by taking too much of 2 minutes (7 in total) but always managed the result, without ever being left behind during the game.