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GROUP A PREVIEW: The defending Men’s EHF Cup champions from Berlin will lock up top spot in the group and a place in the quarter-finals if they earn at least a point in France on Saturday.
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Füchse visit Saint-Raphaël with group win at stake

The clash between Saint-Raphaël Var Handball and Füchse Berlin, scheduled for Saturday night, will decide a lot of things in Group A of the Men’s EHF Cup Group Phase.

The title-holders from Germany will win the group and earn a ticket for the quarter-finals if they get at least a draw; the hosts from France will need a five-goal win to get a reasonable chance of finishing the group in first place.

In the other game, already-eliminated Balatonfüred host La Rioja. The Spanish side can only maintain their slim chance of finishing second if Saint-Raphaël have lost to Füchse the day before.


Saint-Raphaël Var HB (FRA) vs Füchse Berlin (GER)
Saturday 23 March, 20:00 hrs local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • clash between Nos. 2 (currently on six points) and 1 (eight), with Füchse securing the group win if they do not lose

  • in the reverse fixture in Berlin, Füchse won by five goals, 34:29

  • both teams also met last season, when Füchse won in France, 34:25

  • Saint-Raphaël will have to do without centre back Daniel Sarmiento

Balatonfüredi KSE (HUN) vs BM Logroño La Rioja (ESP)
Sunday 24 March, 14:00 hrs local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • still on zero points, Balatonfüred are out of the quarter-final race

  • to keep their qualification hopes alive, La Rioja must win and hope Saint-Raphaël get beaten in the other game

  • La Rioja won the home game against Balatonfüred by five, 29:24

TEXT: Kevin Domas / ew