Quarterfinals, first round full of balance

All the premises spoke of very balanced results and so it was. Four very intense matches with several key episodes: the team that seems to have put the least distance with the Final Four is Voltregà Stern Motor, thanks to an excellent second half and Gerard Teixido’s four goals. Follonica missed several direct shots that could have changed the result but three goals behind will be difficult to recover. Two more home victories for Igualada and Ubroker Bassano. The Spaniards won 4-2 against Braga with two goals from Under 22s Marimon and Llenas in the last 15 minutes. The Italians come from behind to win 2-1: behind on a penalty, Samuele Muglia overturned the match and a post 3 seconds from the end, said no to the spanish tie. Very balanced (and hard-fought) Recam Caldes Laser vs Coutras: 3-3 which means a great result for the French even if two great protagonists will be missing, for Caldes Gimenez and for Coutras Fernandez due to a red card. Obviously, everything will be decided on March 25 with the change of rinks and all matches can be very fierce to try to overturn the result of the 1st leg.

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Sergi Duch (Finques Prats Lleida) and Andrea Scuccato (Ubroker Bassano) – Credit Photo: Michele Brunello

WSE Cup – Quarterfinals – 1st leg – 11/03/2023 / 2nd Leg – 25/03/2023

20:00 (CET) – 19:00 (GMT) – CP Voltregà Stern Motor (Spain) x Galileo Follonica H.1952 (Italy) = 5-2 (0-1, 5-1)
Voltregà Stern Motor: Estrada, Vargas (C), Molas, Teixido G, Burgaya – Serra, Alonso, Roquet, Armengol, Sanchez – Coach: Teixido L
Galileo Follonica: Barozzi, Pagnini F (C), Montigel, Pagnini M, Banini D – Cancela, Bonarelli, Bracali, Irace – Coach: Silva S
Scorers: 1st: 4’32” Banini (F) – 2t: 6’27” Teixido (V), 9’54” Teixido (dir.shot) (V), 10’30” Teixido (V), 10’41” Teixido (V), 16’17” Cancela (F), 18’59” Molas (V), 
Penalties: 1st: 6’17” Burgaya (2′) (V) – 2nd: 9’04” Cancela (2′) (F) and Montigel (2′) (F) – 2nd: 10’37” Burgaya (2′) (V), 24’03” Alonso (2′) (V)
Referees: Miguel Guilherme (Portuga) and Teofilo Casimiro (Portugal)

20:00 (CET) – 19:00 (GMT) – Recam Laser CH Caldes (Spain) x US Coutras (France) = 3-3 (2-2, 1-1)
Recam Laser Caldes: Pons, Presas, Gurri, Gimenez A (C), Blanque – Rodriguez, Llobet, Gonzalez, Cardona, Gisbert – Coach: Candami
Coutras: Audelin, Chiconi, Chirino (C), Sero, Povedano – Fernandez R, Perez, Vargas K, Platz, Roman – Coach: Lafourcade
Scorers: 1st: 3’16” Gimenez (Cal), 8’03” Gimenez (Cal), 10’14” Fernandez (Cou), 24’42” Sero (dir.shot) (Cou) – 2nd: 8’49” Blanque (dir.shot) (Cal), 23’13” Chirino (Cou)
Penalties: 1st: 24’42” Gimenez (red) (Cal) – 2nd: 8’49” Audelin (2′) (Cou), 12’52” Fernandez (red) (Cou)
Referees: Porfirio Fernandes (Portugal) and Massimiliano Carmazzi (Italy)

20:30 (CET) – 19:30 (GMT) – Igualada HC (Spain) x HC Braga (Portugal) = 4-2 (1-1, 3-1)
Igualada: Torrents, Ruba, Llenas, Carol, Marimon – Vives C (C), Yeste, Zilken, Cervera, Marques – Coach: Garcia X
Braga: Teixeira, Trabulo, Seixas, Hugo, Mendes – Pereira G (C), Sanches, Korosec, Pereira R, Machado – Coach: Neves A
Scorers: 1st: 15’42” Cervera (I), 24’35” Hugo (B) – 2nd: 2’46” Mendes (B), 4’42” Riba (I), 9’06” Riba (I), 12’54” Marimon (I) 
Referees: Franco Ferrari (Italy) and Marco Rondina (Italy)

20:45 (CET) – 19:45 (GMT) – Ubroker H.Bassano 1954 (Italy) x Finques Prats CE Lleida (Spain) = 2-1 (0-0, 2-1)
Ubroker Bassano: Veludo, Coy, Scuccato, Baggio, Muglia – Amato (C), Sgaria, Geremia, Tessarolo, Bertuzzo – Coach: Neves M
Finques Prats Lleida: Codony, Duch, Folguera S, Selva (C), Paiva – Vives O, Aracones, Badia, Canellas, Deitg – Coach: Folguera A
Scorers: 2nd: 9’45” Vives (L), 13’23” Muglia (dir.shot) (B), 15’11” Muglia (B)
Penalties: 2nd: 13’23” Paiva (2′) (L)
Referees: Loic Le Menn (France) and Silvia Coelho (Portugal)

Quarterfinals – 1st leg 11/3/2023 – 2nd leg: 25/3/2023
2nd leg: 25/3/2023
Galileo Follonica H.1952 (Italy) x CP Voltregà Stern Motor (Spain) – 1st leg 2-5
US Coutras (France) x Recam Laser CH Caldes (Spain) – 1st leg 3-3
Finques Prats CE Lleida (Spain) x Ubroker H.Bassano 1954 (Italy) – 1st leg 1-2
HC Braga (Portugal) x Igualada HC (Spain) 1st leg 2-4

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