Who’s gonna be the champions, my friends?

It’s the finals day!
In the female competition the European University title could go to University of Vincent-Pol or HfPV Wiesbaden.
Meanwhile, the boys of University of Minho and University of Cordoba will disput the gold medal.
The polish and the portuguese team have the opportunity to revalidate the title.

In one of the games counting the from 5th to the 8th places in this competition, the portuguese girls of Porto and Aveiro faced each other. It was predicted to be an intense game, as the University of Aveiro and Porto are the national champion and national vice-champion, respectively. The first half was balanced and University of Porto was on the lead and managed to reach the end of the first half with a goal advantage (14-13). The second half begun with much contention, with Aveiro to get the lead until the 36th minute. Then both teams tied at the 17th goal mark. University of Porto ended up managing to take the lead and maintaining it until the end of the game, winning 30-25.

University of Toulon-Var won against the turkish team of Marmara University by 43-25 ensuring a place on the match that will decide the 5th and 6th place of the female competition. The first ten minutes didn’t showed great difference between the teams, but along the time, the french team became better. The turkish team didn’t score from the 10th to 20th minute and the score passed from 5-3 to 13-3. Till the break, the difference raised, with a 19-7 score. With the beginning of the second half a better Marmara appeared, but the difference enlarged due to the strength and effectiveness of Toulon’s athletes. By the 45th minute, the scoreboard showed already a 17 goal difference (32-15) for the University of Toulon-Var. The turkish were more effective in the last quarter, that prevented a biggest advantage on the score for the french. Toulon-Var didn’t let their guard down and continued to attack the opponent goal, guaranteeing a strong result in a game with 68 goals.

The German team from HfPV of Wiesbaden meet the University of Konstanz. The germans got better at the game and despite successive draws, arrived at the end to win by 33-21. In the first half the match was disputed and at the break HfPV Wiesbaden were winning by 16-14.
In the second half University of Konstanz opened the marker). However, quickly the german team shows how to score a lot of goals in a few minutes, winning with ten goals difference at 45 minutes (26-16). HfPV Wiesbaden leaded the game and won 26-16.
There were a few more goals on the one hand and on the other to finish the game, making the final result of 33-21 in favor of the German Wiesbaden.

Still in the female competition, University of Malaga faced University of Vincent-Pol. The spanish team started better and reached the 1-3 advantage by the 5th minute. Although, the polish team scored 5 consecutive goals and assumed a 6-3 lead. The game was really disputed and the first half ended 13-10 in favour of Vincent Pol. The beginning of the second half showed the polish superiority, as they reached the 17-10 score by the 36th minute. However, the final quarter was more balanced. University of Malaga was more effective, but they were not able to reduce the difference. At the end of the game University of Malaga lose by 26-14.

In the first game of the afternoon, the portuguese team of Leiria faced HfPV Wiesbaden. The first half started balanced. In the final fifteen minutes of the first half the german team began to impose their rhythm, pressuring high and not leaving the portuguese team take the advantage. The Germans lead the match and went to the break winning with a comfortable 9-16 in their favor. In the second half the team of Leiria was surprised by a strong start of the Germans who increased the score in their favor, making the home team break physically and psychologically. HfPV Wiesbaden ended up winning by 22-32.

University of Strasbourg played against University of Pitesti and the french team was leading the first half and went to the break winning 9-15. In the second half, University of Strasbourg was stronger and extended the advantage. The Romanian team tried to change the strategy, however, it did not went beyond a small reduction of the disadvantage. The good performance of the french goalkeeper led the team discourages and allowed them to win 18-26.

The last match of the day was the most expected, facing University of Minho and University of Cordova. The first 10 minutes had a few goals with the teams studying each other in a very tactical beginning. The Spaniards came more confident and begun to distance in the marker. At the 12th minute coach Gabriel Oliveira requested a time-out when the Minho team was already losing 6-3. This break immediately made impact, the team woke up and after 5 minutes the scoreboard was already in favor of the Portuguese team, with a three goal lead.At half time the scoreboard showed a favorable 13-10 to the University of Minho. The second half begun with a very physically game with two expulsions (one for each side). The incident broke the game’s rhythm and Cordoba’s team took the opportunity to reduce the gap and balance the game. However, the home team did not lowered the arms and in the final minutes dilated again the advantage in their favor and won by a clear 29-23.

30 / Nov / -0001

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