Europe Cup Men | 18 Nov 2022

LOTTO Polski Cukier Gwiazda Bydgoszcz lost but progressed to quarters

Photo: Courtesy Jaroslav Odstrcilik / Czech Table Tennis Association

In the Stage 3 return leg of the Europe Cup Men, LOTTO Polski Cukier Gwiazda Bydgoszcz lost to SKST Tesla Batteries Havirov 2:3, but they won the opening leg in four matches, so they are through to the quarterfinal.

In second leg Carlos CABALLERO commenced with the victory over Zokhid KENJAEV (13:11, 11:7, 7:11, 11:8), but Ondrej BAJGER leveled the score with the victory over HANG Lam Siu (11:4, 11:9, 6:11, 11:7). In the decisive game BAJGER also beat CABALLERO (11:8, 11:6, 11:5). Simon BELIK lost to Vladislav URSU (6:11, 11:9, 2:11, 8:11). KENJAEV received walk over, because HANG suffered from the shoulder injury.

"The 3:1 victory in the first match at home was very important. This allowed us to make changes to the lineup. That's why Carlos CABALLERO played right at the beginning against Havířov's best player. He accomplished his task and won. I was a little surprised by the result of the second singles, when Lam Siu HANG, on the other hand, lost. But he is very tired, we played five games in seven days. When Vladislav Ursa won, we knew we would pass. That's why Lam Siu Hang didn't come on. We are very happy, it is a historic moment for our club,” said Gwiazda Bydgoszcz coach Patryk JENDRZEJEWSKI.

"The opponent made a smart change in the lineup. But we had a chance when Ondřej BAJGER beat Lam Siu Hang. Therefore, it is a great pity that Zokhid KENJAEV, on the other hand, lost. We would have a great chance to advance. Of course, everything was decided by the third singles match. I am happy that we ended this season in the European Cups with a victory, advancing to the 3rd stage was a huge success for our club," stated Havirov coach Kamil KOUTNÝ.

Austria’s Solex-Consult Wiener Neustadt lost the return leg of the Stage 3 Europe Cup against Neu-Ulm Team Euro. Same as LOTTO Polski Cukier Gwiazda Bydgoszcz, they lost tonight’s match 2:3, but they won opening leg 3:1, so they moved forward to the quarterfinals.

Maksim GREBNEV overcame Ivor BAN (11:8, 11:13, 11:8, 7:11, 6:5), whilst Vladimir SIDORENKO prevailed against Felix WETZEL (11:6, 11:7, 11:7). Frane Tomislav KOJIC brought first point to Austria's club by beating Nikita ARTEMENKO (11:9, 11:2, 13:11). WETZEL beat GREBNEV (4:11, 11:5, 11:7, 11:7) and SIDORENKO overcame BAN (11:4, 9:11, 13:11, 8:11, 6:3).