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Champions League Men - 12 Dec 2013

Big night for French clubs, sad for Germans


Two tonight`s matches of 2013/14 Men`s European Champions League are finished, as French clubs had no  against Germans: Werder Bremen – Hennebont 0:3 (Group C), Borussia Dusseldorf – Chartres 0:3 (Group D). Despite the huge tradition of Borussia, its lost

Two tonight`s matches of 2013/14 Men`s European Champions League are finished, as French clubs had no  against Germans: Werder Bremen – Hennebont 0:3 (Group C), Borussia Dusseldorf – Chartres 0:3 (Group D). Despite the huge tradition of Borussia, its lost is not surprise, knowing how the things were going on this season, but there are no many people expected that Hennebont could so easy beat “The Greens” at Bremen.

The quarter finalists from Group D were resolved before this round (Chartres and Niederosterreich), while all three Group C members are still in the game. In ultimate Round 6, on December 20th, Hennebont will meet Walter Wels at France.

Former European vice-champion Kalinikos KREANGA announced big win of Hennebont, defeating CHUANG Chih-Yuan in four sets. Greek turned the match in second set when he reacted better in crucial moments. That brought him 2:0 lead.

Next game was very exciting, with four very close sets, and after many upside-downs Dmitrij PROKOPCOV beat Adrian CRISAN. It could be expect that Romanian reacts better in dramatical moments, knowing that he managed to beat in that situation many great players during his career, but Czech showed one of his best games in Men`s European Champions League.

Constantin CIOTI was the last hope of Werder, but he lost from CHEN Chien-An in five games. In ultimate set CIOTI turned from 6:8 to 9:8 but guest took final three points in a row.

Borussia and Chartres played without any pressure. Timo BOLL was not in host line-up, while French champion showed its best possible trio: GAO Ning, Robert GARDOS, Par GERELL.

Patrick BAUM and Kamal ACHANTA were easily beaten by Robert GARDOS and GAO Ning respectively, whilst just young Ricardo WALTHER gave a big fight to Par GERELL. However, Swede won in five sets.

Chartres has an impressive 3-0 score with third 3:0 win in a row. On the other side, Borussia lost all four its games. In last game of Group D Chartres expects the 2008 MECL champion Niederosterreich (December 20th).

MECL Round 5 of Group C: Werder Bremen – Hennebont 0:3
CHUANG Chih-Yuan – Kalinikos KREANGA 1:3 (7:11, 10:12, 11:8, 9:11)
Adrian CRISAN – Dmitrij PROKOPCOV 1:3 (9:11, 11:9, 10:12, 13:15)
Constantin CIOTI – CHEN Chien-An 2:3 (11:8, 5:11, 11:8, 10:12, 9:11)

MECL Round 5 of Group D: Borussia Dusseldorf – Chartres AS TT 0:3
Patrick BAUM – Robert GARDOS 0:3 (6:11, 4:11, 9:11)
Kamal Sharat ACHANTA – GAO Ning 0:3 (5:11, 8:11, 7:11)
Ricardo WALTHER – Par GERELL 2:3 (11:8, 9:11, 11:9, 8:11, 7:11)

Alex MILETIC, EWT

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