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LAST 16 PREVIEW: Following the 33:33 draw in the first leg in Ukraine, the tie between Motor and the 2016 champions is still wide open when both teams meet again in Poland on Saturday

Kielce hope to get job done at home

Artem Kozakevych’s penalty in the last second secured HC Motor Zaporozhye a 33:33 home draw in the exciting first leg of the VELUX EHF Champions League Last 16 against PGE Vive Kielce.

But the Ukrainian champions are expected to have a tough match in Poland. Of course, they harbour hopes to be competitive again and upset the 2016 title winners, yet the more experienced Polish side is regarded by many as favourites in this duel.

With the home advantage in the decisive leg on Saturday, Kielce have a solid chance to clinch a home victory and seal a quarter-final ticket.


PGE Vive Kielce (POL) vs HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR)
Saturday 30 March, 16:00 hrs local time, live on
First-leg result: 33:33

  • the 33:33 in Zaporozhye last week was Kielce’s first draw in the competition after seven wins and as many defeats in the group phase

  • Motor lost six away games, only beat Nantes (27:23) in France

  • Kielce won their 101st straight Polish league game Tuesday, beating KS SPR Chrobry Glogow 35:27

  • Motor have a perfect record in the Ukrainian league with 19 wins from 19 games, but leaders are ZTR which have played three matches more

TEXT: Sergey Nikolaev / ew