2020–21 EHF Champions League knockout stage

The 2020–21 EHF Champions League knockout stage began on 31 March with the playoffs and ended on 13 June 2021 with the final at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, to decide the winners of the 2020–21 EHF Champions League.[1] On 10 February 2021, after a decision by the EHF Executive Committee, it was announced that all 16 teams advance from the group stage.[2]

FormatEdit

In the Play-offs, the first-placed team from one group faced the eighth-placed team from the other group, the second-placed team faced the seventh-placed and so on. The eight winning teams advanced to the quarterfinals. The four quarterfinal winners qualified for the final four tournament at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.

Qualified teamsEdit

Group
First place Second place Third place Fourth place Fifth place Sixth place Seventh place Eighth place
A   SG Flensburg-Handewitt   Paris Saint-Germain   Łomża Vive Kielce   Meshkov Brest   FC Porto   MOL-Pick Szeged   Vardar 1961   Elverum Håndball
B   Barça   Telekom Veszprém   THW Kiel   Aalborg Håndbold   Motor   HBC Nantes   Celje Pivovarna Laško   PPD Zagreb

Play-offsEdit

On 29 March 2021 the European Handball Federation has issued an overview on what happens if matches cannot be played in the upcoming play-offs of the EHF Champions League Men due to reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. If a team reports positive cases of COVID-19 and the match could not be played, this pairing would be decided by playing both matches (1st and 2nd leg) as a so called ‘double game’ before 8 April 2021, the date when the last second-leg matches are scheduled. If a second-leg match was not played on 7–8 April 2021, as a consequence of this and following the principle that the party responsible is liable for, in this case, the fact that the match cannot be played, a team which was not in the position to play its scheduled game on the second weekend would be excluded from the competition regardless of the result in the first-leg game. The opponents would subsequently qualify for the quarter-finals.[3]

OverviewEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
HBC Nantes   58–56   Łomża Vive Kielce 24–25 34–31
MOL-Pick Szeged   56–66   THW Kiel 28–33 28–33
Motor   55–60   Meshkov Brest 32–30 23–30
FC Porto   56–56 (a)   Aalborg Håndbold 32–29 24–27
PPD Zagreb   0–20[note 1]   SG Flensburg-Handewitt 0–10 0–10
Elverum Håndball   44–76   Barça 25–37 19–39
Celje Pivovarna Laško   47–68   Paris Saint-Germain 24–37 23–31
Vardar 1961   57–80   Telekom Veszprém 27–41 30–39

MatchesEdit

31 March 2021
20:45
HBC Nantes   24–25   Łomża Vive Kielce H Arena, Nantes
Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referees: Kurtagic, Wetterwik (SWE)
Lazarov, Pechmalbec 5 (14–12) A. Dujshebaev 6
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7 April 2021
20:45
Łomża Vive Kielce   31–34   HBC Nantes Hala Legionów, Kielce
Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Kulesh 6 (13–15) Rivera Folch 9
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HBC Nantes won 58–56 on aggregate.


31 March 2021
18:45
MOL-Pick Szeged   28–33   THW Kiel Városi Sportcsarnok, Szeged
Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Radivojević 6 (13–21) Sagosen 8
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7 April 2021
18:45
THW Kiel   33–28   MOL-Pick Szeged Wunderino-Arena, Kiel
Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referees: Madsen, Mortensen (DEN)
Sagosen 9 (18–15) Radivojević 7
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THW Kiel won 66–56 on aggregate.


1 April 2021[note 3]
18:45
Motor   32–30   Meshkov Brest Yunost Sport Hall, Zaporizhia
Attendance: 1,500
Referees: Jurinović, Mrvica (CRO)
Malašinskas 7 (15–12) Baranau 9
  4×  Report   2× 
8 April 2021
18:45
Meshkov Brest   30–23   Motor Universal Sports Complex Victoria, Brest
Attendance: 1,750
Referees: Lah, Sok (SLO)
Vailupau 8 (16–8) Pukhouski 7
  6×  Report   4×  1× 

Meshkov Brest won 60–55 on aggregate.


1 April 2021
20:45
FC Porto   32–29   Aalborg Håndbold Dragão Arena, Porto
Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referees: Nikolić, Stojković (SRB)
Iturriza 8 (18–14) Barthold 8
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7 April 2021
18:45
Aalborg Håndbold   27–24   FC Porto Jutlander Bank Arena, Aalborg
Attendance: 1
Referees: Schulze, Tönnies (GER)
Claar 6 (10–9) Iturriza 6
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56–56 on aggregate. Aalborg Håndbold won on away goals


Cancelled[note 4] PPD Zagreb   0–10[note 1]   SG Flensburg-Handewitt
Cancelled[note 5] SG Flensburg-Handewitt   10–0[note 1]   PPD Zagreb

2 April 2021[note 6]
18:45
Elverum Håndball   25–37   Barça Palau Blaugrana, Barcelona[note 7]
Attendance: 686
Referees: Baumgart, Wild (GER)
Blonz, Solstad 6 (12–19) Mem 7
  3×  Report   1× 
5 April 2021[note 8]
18:45
Barça   39–19   Elverum Håndball Palau Blaugrana, Barcelona
Attendance: 645
Referees: Bíró, Kiss (HUN)
Diocou 6 (20–10) Máthé 6
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Barça won 76–44 on aggregate.


1 April 2021
20:45
Celje Pivovarna Laško   24–37   Paris Saint-Germain Zlatorog Arena, Celje
Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referees: Brunner, Salah (SUI)
Dragašević, Mlakar 6 (11–21) Nahi 10
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8 April 2021
20:45
Paris Saint-Germain   31–23   Celje Pivovarna Laško Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris
Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referees: Santos, Fonseca (POR)
Nahi 7 (14–12) Grošelj 6
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Paris Saint-Germain won 68–47 on aggregate.


1 April 2021
18:45
Vardar 1961   27–41   Telekom Veszprém Jane Sandanski Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referees: Pavićević, Ražnatović (MNE)
Čupić 8 (11–21) Marguč 8
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8 April 2021
18:45
Telekom Veszprém   39–30   Vardar 1961 Veszprém Aréna, Veszprém
Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referees: Marìn, García (ESP)
Nilsson, Shishkaryov 6 (20–15) three players 5
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Telekom Veszprém won 80–57 on aggregate. Ĺ

QuarterfinalsEdit

OverviewEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
HBC Nantes   62–60   Telekom Veszprém 32–28 30–32
THW Kiel   59–63   Paris Saint-Germain 31–29 28–34
Meshkov Brest   57–73   Barça 29–33 28–40
Aalborg Håndbold   55–54   SG Flensburg-Handewitt 26–21 29–33

MatchesEdit

13 May 2021
20:45
HBC Nantes   32–28   Telekom Veszprém H Arena, Nantes
Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referees: Nikolov, Nachevski (MKD)
Rivera Folch 6 (16–12) Marguč 8
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20 May 2021
18:45
Telekom Veszprém   32–30   HBC Nantes Veszprém Aréna, Veszprém
Attendance: 4,650
Referees: Schulze, Tönnies (GER)
Nenadić 7 (18–15) Balaguer 6
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HBC Nantes won 62–60 on aggregate.


12 May 2021
20:45
THW Kiel   31–29   Paris Saint-Germain Wunderino-Arena, Kiel
Attendance: 1
Referees: Gubica, Milošević (CRO)
Reinkind 10 (14–15) Nahi 8
  4×  Report   5× 
19 May 2021
18:45
Paris Saint-Germain   34–28   THW Kiel Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris
Attendance: 800
Referees: López, Ramírez (ESP)
Prandi 9 (16–15) Ekberg 7
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Paris Saint-Germain won 63–59 on aggregate.


12 May 2021
18:45
Meshkov Brest   29–33   Barça Universal Sports Complex Victoria, Brest
Attendance: 3,110
Referees: Hansen, Madsen (DEN)
Vailupau 11 (16–17) Gómez 7
  1×  Report  2× 
20 May 2021
20:45
Barça   40–28   Meshkov Brest Palau Blaugrana, Barcelona
Attendance: 874
Referees: Horváth, Marton (HUN)
Mortensen 7 (21–13) Vailupau 7
  3×  Report   3× 

Barça won 73–57 on aggregate.


13 May 2021
18:45
Aalborg Håndbold   26–21   SG Flensburg-Handewitt Jutlander Bank Arena, Aalborg
Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referees: Sondors, Līcis (LAT)
Claar, Sandell 8 (13–10) Gottfridsson 5
  2×  Report   5× 
19 May 2021
20:45
SG Flensburg-Handewitt   33–29   Aalborg Håndbold Flens-Arena, Flensburg
Attendance: 0[note 2]
Referees: Bonaventura, Bonaventura (FRA)
Golla, Rød 9 (14–16) Claar 6
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Aalborg Håndbold won 55–54 on aggregate.

Final fourEdit

The final four was held at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany on 12 and 13 June 2021. The draw was held on 25 May 2021.[6][7]

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
12 June
 
 
  Paris Saint-Germain33
 
13 June
 
  Aalborg Håndbold35
 
  Aalborg Håndbold23
 
12 June
 
  Barça36
 
  Barça31
 
 
  HBC Nantes26
 
Third place
 
 
13 June
 
 
  Paris Saint-Germain31
 
 
  HBC Nantes28

SemifinalsEdit

12 June 2021
15:15
Paris Saint-Germain   33–35   Aalborg Håndbold Lanxess Arena, Cologne
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Lah, Sok (SLO)
Remili 7 (15–13) Claar 9
 3×  Report   2× 

12 June 2021
18:00
Barça   31–26   HBC Nantes Lanxess Arena, Cologne
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Kurtagic, Wetterwik (SWE)
Mem 6 (15–13) Rivera Folch 6
  3×  Report   3× 

Third place gameEdit

13 June 2021
15:15
HBC Nantes   28–31   Paris Saint-Germain Lanxess Arena, Cologne
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Brunner, Salah (SUI)
Minne 5 (13–17) Solé 5
  6×  Report  3× 

FinalEdit

13 June 2021
18:00
Barça   36–23   Aalborg Håndbold Lanxess Arena, Cologne
Attendance: 1,000
Referees: Horáček, Novotný (CZE)
Gómez 9 (16–11) Sandell 8
 1×  Report   3× 

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c The matches, scheduled for 7 and 8 April 2021, were assessed by the EHF after Zagreb had several cases of positive COVID-19 tests.[4]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l The match was played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. ^ The match, originally scheduled for 31 March, was rescheduled to 1 April 2021.[5]
  4. ^ The match, originally scheduled for 1 April, was rescheduled to 7 April 2021 and later postponed.[5]
  5. ^ The match, originally scheduled for 8 April 2021 was postponed.[5]
  6. ^ The match, originally scheduled for 31 March, was rescheduled to 2 April 2021.[5]
  7. ^ The match was moved from the Terningen Arena, Elverum.[5]
  8. ^ The match, originally scheduled for 7 April, was rescheduled to 5 April 2021.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EHF Champions League Men 2020/21 season – Playing system and dates" (PDF). 16 June 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  2. ^ "EHF adapts playing schedule for EHF Champions League". eurohandball.com. 10 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Procedures and criteria for the EHF CL Men play-offs". ehfcl.eurohandball.com. 29 March 2021.
  4. ^ "EHF calls off Flensburg vs Zagreb play-off tie". eurohandball.com. EHF. 6 April 2021. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "EHF Champions League Men schedule updates". ehfcl.eurohandball.com. EHF. 17 March 2021. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  6. ^ "EHF FINAL4 Men draw date confirmed". eurohandball.com. 21 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Debutants Aalborg face PSG, Barça take on Nantes in semi-finals". eurohandball.com. 25 May 2021.

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