Distance battle between Berlin and Saint-Raphael for first placeArticle
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GROUP A PREVIEW: With their quarter-final places already secured, last season’s Men’s EHF Cup finalists are focused on the fight for first on the table in the final round of the group phase

Distance battle between Berlin and Saint-Raphael for first place

The finalists from last season of the Men’s EHF Cup, Füchse Berlin and Saint-Raphael Var Handball, can still hope for first place in Group A. The two teams have secured tickets for the quarter-finals and are currently level in first place with eight points. 

The maths is quite simple: If the German side win at home against Balatonfüredi KSE, they will finish first. Any scenario where the French team records a better result than Berlin will see them grab first spot.

BM Logroño La Rioja (ESP) vs Saint-Raphael Var HB (FRA)
Saturday 30 March, 19:15 local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • In the French league, Saint-Raphael have only won two of their last nine games

  • La Rioja became the first to take a point from Barça Lassa in this seasons ASOBAL league on Wednesday

  • In the first leg of the confrontation between the teams, the French side won by four, 30:26

  • Saint-Raphael can still hope for first place, but they need a better result than Berlin

Füchse Berlin (GER) vs Balatonfüredi KSE (HUN)
Sunday 31 March, 16:00 local time, live on ehfTV.com

  • Berlin suffered their first defeat in the EHF Cup since November in Saint-Raphael last weekend

  • With a win, the German side will secure first place in the group

  • Balatonfüred took their first points in the group phase against La Rioja in the previous round

  • Berlin’s Hans Lindberg is currently the third top scorer of the competition (48 goals), while Balatonfüred’s Dominik Mathe is not far behind, with 44

TEXT: Kevin Domas / cg