Frandsen draws and FC Porto in the fight for the “quarters” of the Champions

29-29 was the result of the first leg of the Handball Champions League Round of 16 encounter.

FC Porto and Montpellier drew 29-29 in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Handball Champions League in Porto after the same match in the second leg on Wednesday.

The double domestic champions trailed at half-time 14-13 but managed to equalise, thanks to Dane Sebastian Frandsen’s save from a seven-yard free-kick in the dying seconds, a result that leads into the second leg, in France.

The ‘blue and white’ team is looking to qualify for the quarter-finals of the main continental club competition for the first time, after reaching the ‘eighth’ for the third consecutive time.

The dragons secured their presence in the ‘8th’ in 2019/20, in which they would face Aalborg, but that round was scrapped and the competition progressed directly to the semi-finals, due to the covid-pandemic. 19, having been eliminated last season against the Danes for scoring fewer away goals (32-29 in Porto and 27-24 in Denmark).

ABC holds the best records in the competition, then disputed in other formats, with a presence in the 1993/94 final, after being beaten by the Spaniards of CB Cantabria, in the round trip (draw 22-22 in Braga and 23 -21 in Santander) and three in the quarter-finals (1996/97, 1997/98 and 2000/01).

Sporting also has a presence in “8th”, in 2018/19, when, already in the current format, “fell” against the Hungarians of Veszprém.

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