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EHF Champions League Knock Out Phase Starts this Week

March 18, 2019, 4:19 p.m. (ET)


While much of the United States is gearing up for NCAA Basketball “March Madness”, handball fans in the U.S. can also get excited about the start of the “Knockout Phase” of the EHF Champions League.  Over the next two weeks, twelve of the world’s top handball clubs will vie to join bye holders, Barcelona and Paris S-G in the quarter finals.

beIN Sports to Broadcast Five Matches Live this Week

Five of the six matches can be seen live in the U.S. via the beIN Sports Connect platform.  The beIN Sports Connect platform is available to anyone with a beIN Sports Network subscription.  beIN Sports is available via Dish Network and most traditional cable packages, but there are also multiple streaming options for consideration such as fuboTV, Sling and Fanatiz.  For $10/month there are multiple options that will get you the Handball Champions League as well as several other sports and sports leagues.

beIN Sports EHF Champions League Schedule

(Note:  Europe has not yet switched to Daylight Saving Time so your time difference to CET is one hour shorter than normal)

(Note:  The EHF is also providing English language commentary for all 5 matches)

Wednesday, 20 March
Rhein-Neckar Löwen vs HBC Nantes (beIN Sports Connect Ch 5) (2:00 PM ET)

Saturday, 23 March
HC Motor Zaporozhye vs PGE Vive Kielce (beIN Sports Connect Ch 7) (1:30 PM ET)
HC PPD Zagreb vs HC Vardar (beIN Sports Connect Ch 7) (3:30 PM ET)

Sunday, 24 March
Orlen Wisla Plock vs MOL-Pick Szeged (beIN Sports Connect Ch 8) (11:00 AM ET)
Sporting CP vs Telekom Veszprém HC (beIN Sports Connect Ch 4) (12:00 PM ET)

The Champions League Format

A few notes on the Champions League Format:

  • This portion of the knockout phase consists of two matches or “legs” with each side hosting a leg.
  • The winner will be decided based on aggregate goals for both matches.  So if one side loses the first match by 5 goals, but wins the second match by 6 goals, that side will advance.
  • If the goal differential is zero goals, then the side with more “away” goals will advance.
  • Effectively, this format means that there is no “garbage time” in the first match, since there is whole other match to play.

For more on the Champions League be sure to check out the EHF Champions League website:  Link