San Sebastian (Gibuzcoa), April 28 (EFE). Ellonbe Donostia Arena in San Sebastian will host the final stage of the Copa de la Reina XLIII Handball Championship from Friday through Sunday with the top eight teams in the tournament and Super Amara Bera Bera as host and big favorite for the title.
However, people from San Sebastian cannot be overconfident, because this tournament has ripened for surprises, as evidenced by the fact that the last five champions were five different clubs.
The women from San Sebastian, the leaders of the Iberdrola Warriors League that they taunt, assume their place as the main contenders for victory, realizing that because of the potential and the reality of playing on their turf they will be the contender to beat them. So the goal is nothing but to raise his seventh trophy.
Emmanol Alvarez’s side will conclude the quarter-finals against Caja country Aula Valladolid (8:30 p.m.), who finished eighth in the league and who, oddly enough, shone in the 2019 final as Super Amara Bera Bera won their last title with a 30-17 victory. The two teams met twice this season and on both occasions the victory fell to the San Sebastian team (37-31 and 27-29).
The quarter-finals will start with Visitaelche.com Elche and Unicaja Banco Gijón (1:00 pm). Current champion Alicante faces an opponent who already won that title in 2018 who is starring in an amazing season with their third place in the Iberdrola Warrior League as the two teams met twice with each win. .
In Gijón, the Asturian women won 28-22, while Visitaelche.com Elche retaliated two weeks ago with a 29-25 victory, thus separating their rival from the league fight.
Another duel expected to be the match between classics such as Rocasa Gran Canaria and Costa del Sol Málaga (4:00 pm). The Canary Islands, which have not lifted the cup since 2017, will not be easy for the Andalusians, the 2020 champions who are second in the league, as Roxasa Gran Canaria managed to defeat them in their singles matches (27-39 and 31-28).
Finally, KH-7 Granollers and Mecalia Atlético Guardés will face each other in a match (6:15pm) that brings together the only two teams in the tournament who could not reach the cup final and are very evenly matched. Salva Piug’s men are sixth in the league, having beaten José Ignacio Prades’ men at Palau D’Esports (29-26), although at A Sangriña the Pontevedra women, fifth in the domestic championship, defended their dispute (26 -24).
The winner of this final confrontation will play the second semi-final match on Saturday (6:30 pm) against the winner of the duel between Super Amara Beira and Caja Rural Ola Valladolid, while the winner will face the first semi-final (4:00 pm). From Visitaelche.com Elche-Unicaja Banco Gijón against the winner of the tie between Rocasa Gran Canaria and Costa del Sol Málaga. The final match will take place on Sunday (12:30 pm).
San Sebastian has been witnessing the cup for days. About 3,000 seats have already been sold, so the atmosphere is expected to be great at the Illunbe Donostia Arena, a bullfighting venue where Gipuzkoa Basket regularly plays its matches, but has never hosted a handball match. EFE
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