Lublin and Koprivnica to host the qualification tournaments
The two remaining places in the Women’s EHF Champions League 2018/19 Group Matches will be battled out on domestic courts of MKS Perla Lublin and HC Podravka Vegeta after the European Handball Federation together with EHF Marketing GmbH confirmed both clubs as hosts of the tournaments on Tuesday.
The semi-finals in each tournament will be played on Saturday 8 September, while the third place matches and finals will follow on Sunday 9 September. The exact playing times of the matches will be coordinated by the EHFM with all partners concerned and will be communicated in due time.
Only the winners of both tournaments will reach the group matches – the Group 1 winner from the event in Lublin will join CSM Bucuresti, Vipers Kristiansand and FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria in Group D, while the Group 2 winner coming from Koprivnica will encounter the defending champions Györi Audi ETO KC, Thüringer HC and RK Krim Mercator in Group C.
The second and third ranked team will continue their European campaigns in the Women’s EHF Cup Qualification Round 3, while the bottom ranked teams will enter the same competition already in the second round.
In their Globus Hall, the reigning Challenge Cup winners, Lublin will face Italian champions Jomi Salerno in the semi-final, while German runners-up SG BBM Bietigheim take on Spanish champions Super Amara Bera Bera in the second semi-final.
In the Fran Galovic hall in Koprivnica, the 1996 Champions League winners Podravka lock horns with Turkish champions Muratpasa Belediyesi SK and the reigning EHF Cup winners SCM Craiova from Romania meet Serbian title holders ZORK Jagodina in the semi-finals.