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Hamburg got a point and reach the semi-finals in Pamplona (32-32).

HSV win "group of death"

Hamburg and Portland made a draw, perfect for Germans. It was a game full of emotions that the two sides played in Pamplona. Hamburg reached the semi-finals, while Portland lost their last chance to get among the four best teams of the competition.

HSV celebrated at the end of a dramatic gameYoon, who was decisive again, scored 11 goals. The Korean player scored 26 goals against Portland in the two Main Round matches.

The Spanish team tried to take their chance with a very effective Malmagro in their team. The young Catalonian handballer scored 12 goals, but not even his good performance was enough to win the game. Portland knew that they needed to win by four goals to have a chance to reach the semi-finals. This put pressure on the team of Cabanas, which was not easy for the. They played in a hurry.

The first half of the game was very equal and Portland went to the changing room with a small advantage (15-14) after the German team taking the lead at the beginning of the game due to their strong defence. In addition, the atmosphere of the UPNA Pavilion and the goals of Malmagro were also important in the first half.

However, Hamburg were better in the second half. The German defence was very hard and strong. The hosts could not play effectively against it and Bitter had a great match in the goal. Hamburg kept the control over the game quite easily the game.

Balic and Kjelling were trying to make a miracle in the last minutes, but it was late.

Hamburg took a draw in Pamplona and they qualified to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Portland end their European season and now they can only have an objective: to qualify for the next edition. The Spanish will have a great fight for this target with Ademar Leon in the Asobal League...

TEXT: Fernando Urra Goñi