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Champions League Men - 1 Nov 2013

French clubs say with a stern voice


Both French teams secured very important wins playing in same time Round 3 games of Men`s European Champions League: Angers – Ochsenhausen 3:0, Pontoise – Saarbrucken 3:2. Angers lost just two sets. It means, particularly, that it needs just three sets wh

Both French teams secured very important wins playing in same time Round 3 games of Men`s European Champions League: Angers – Ochsenhausen 3:0, Pontoise – Saarbrucken 3:2.

Angers lost just two sets. It means, particularly, that it needs just three sets when will meet Ochsenhausen at Biberach (December 20th), to reach quarter final. Of course, in case that reigning champion Orenburg wins all its games (Vladimir SAMSONOV`s side is almost unbeatable in group stage in last three seasons).

The bronze medalist from recent 2013 LIEBHERR European Championships, Panagiotis GIONIS defeated young Frenchman Simon GAUZY in four sets. Guest was one very good period in late second set (7:8, 11:8) and in early third (4:1), but Greek controlled the rest of the match from the middle of that set, despite very close fourth set.

Two times quarter individual ECH quarter finalist (2007, 2008), Jens LUDNQVIST overcame the 2004 single Olympic champion RYU Seung Min in four sets. Korean had a good start (6:1), but that was everything from him tonight.

Michel MARTINEZ confirmed big victory for Angers, beating Kirill SKASCHKOV who wasn`t in good shape (missing last Bundesliga`s game because of injury). In each of three sets host dominated.

The key man of the match at Pontoise was WANG Jian Jun who took two points against Saarbrucken. Chinese won second (against STEGER) and last, fifth encounter (APOLONIA).

Pontoise led 2:0 after two matches in four games. Marcos FRETAS beat his team mate from Portugal national team Tiago APOLONIA, as former Charleori`s WANG overcame the 2012 ECH individual bronze medalist Bastian STEGER.

Saarbrucken used to change position of their players, so this time Bojan TOKIC was no. 3. And Slovenian easily beat Kristian KARLSSON. Onwards STEGER provided fifth match, defeating FREITAS in four sets.

Vaillante Angers – LIEBHERR Ochsenhausen 3:0
Panagiotis GIONIS – Simon GAUZY 3:1 (12:10, 8:11, 11:7, 11:9)
Jens LUNDQVIST – RYU Seung Min 3:1 (7:11, 11:8, 11:6, 11:9)
Michel MARTINEZ – Kirill SKACHKOV 3:0 (11:8, 11:7, 11:9)

AS Pontoise Cergy – Saarbrucken 3:2
Marcos FREITAS – Tiago APOLONIA 3:1 (10:12, 11:7, 11:5, 11:8)
WANG Jian Jun – Bastian STEGER 3:1 (11:5, 12:10, 6:11, 11:6)
Kristian KARLSSON – Bojan TOKIC 0:3 (7:11, 9:11, 6:11)
Marcos FREITAS – Bastian STEGER 1:3 (13:15, 7:11, 11:7, 4:11)
WANG Jian Jun – Tiago APOLONIA 3:1 (11:8, 7:11, 11:8, 11:4)

 

Alex MILETIC, EWT

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