Duisburg-Essen and Stefan Cel will compete in the great final of the 9th European Universities Handball Championship

Malaga and Barcelona will fight at 11:30 at the CTA for the fifth position in a match that promises to be really exciting

A thrilling university handball championship will come to an end tomorrow at 19:00 with a high voltage final between Duisburg-Essen and Stefan Cel Mare of Suceava. The Duisburg-Essen team was able to smile at the end of a nerve-wrecking match against its compatriots from Frankfurt. Both teams entertained the audience with superb moments and extraordinary actions. The first finalist was defined in the final minutes of the game, with a score of 22-26. The semifinal that was played later, Montpellier vs. Stefan Cel, had a similar script to the previous one. The Romanians took the wheel of the game but couldn’t manage to get some distance from their rival. The French University players held their ground, kept calm and got closer on the scoreboard, managing to get within a single goal just before the end. However, they missed two chances in a row that translated into the victory for the Romanian team and its qualification for the finals.

The CTA venue, like in the previous case, witnessed the reaction of yet another of the pre-championship favorites. The University of Malaga hammered Basel (38-21), thus arranging a date with Barcelona tomorrow at 11:30, which will reenact the Spanish University Championship finals.
The warriors from Malaga acted as a compact and brave team. The ball was thrown around smoothly in search of the best shooting positions. At the other end of the court, hard work was carried out to keep the goal safe. Carlos Barbero was well in tune with his team's well-doing, making great saves. The second half, after the score of 19-12 achieved in the first, became a competitive training session. The host team kept rotating their players, trying to keep all players plugged in for the final match for 5th place against the other Spanish team.

The other results of the day, which were decisive for the final positions, ended as follows: Minho 34-36 Split for 11th place and Marmara 24-30 Porto in the fight for 9th.