The University of Malaga, after losing 34-29 against Ovidius, will compete against Valencia for the 7th position
Aveiro qualifies for finals to the rythm of goals and will face the powerful Cologne, which closed the groups phase with only victories behind. The Portuguese team sought a wide victory that would allow them to beat Akdeniz in the Group A classification. The Turkish team started the day in the first position, but knew that the Portuguese could surpass them. Aveiro’s game was in line with expectations, as they defeated a Primorska that had nothing at stake (52-26). This wipe out, to which Rita Ribeiro contributed with 13 goals, sets a record in the Championship.
At the Fernando Argüelles venue, the other finalist, Cologne, had more trouble to beat the Valencian warriors. In the first half, the Spanish team set up the pace on the scoreboard and went to half time leading by a goal (13-14). At the beginning of the second half, Valencia kept adding scores, but in the last few minutes were not able to restrain the German energy (26-24).
The University of Malaga faced a deciding game from the second place of Group A. The host team’s options to qualify for finals were minimal, whereas fighting for the bronze medal seemed more feasible. Ovidius showed a great level of professionalism on the court and put Malaga’s female team in a difficult position during what turned out to be a tough match. The Romanian team kept its defenses high and was always in the lead by 4 to 6 goals. The result was 34-29, which meant that the host team will not be able to fight for medals despite the continuous attacks made by Patricia Fuentes (12 goals).
On the other hand, Group B had more clearly defined positions, and it held the match of Aksaray vs. Radboud Nijmegen at the CTA. The Dutch team dominated from beginning to end (23-30) and reached its goal of competing tomorrow for the bronze medal against Akdeniz at 11:30.