Polo and HTHC complete KO8 line-up

Real Club de Polo produced a five-star performance while Harvestehuder THC delighted their home support with a big 9-1 win to go through to the KO8 (16.30 CET) of the men’s EHL KO16.

Polo got the best of Club Egara to advance to the KO8 at the expense of their Spanish counterparts with a lively 5-2 success..

Marc Miralles was the key figure as his penalty corner rockets kept the Barcelona club just in front before two late goals put them out of range.

He started the scoring in a feisty encounter just two minutes in and a cracking finish from Tomás Terradas doubled the lead in the 28th minute. The reply was quick from Egara as Xavi Gispert stepped in front of his marker to finish off and get on the board.

A second Miralles corner put Polo 3-1 ahead in the 36th minute but, once more Egara, did not them get too far out of sight as they scored again two minutes later, cutting the gap to the minimum via Xavi Aguilar.

It was nip and tuck from there on until Real broke the Egara challenge with six minutes to go, Vincenç Ruiz snapping up a rebound from a corner. Egara removed their goalkeeper to chase the game but Guillermo Fortuño punished the gamble to make it 5-2.

Home hosts Harvestehuder THC completed the KO8 line-up for a date with Polo on Sunday (16.30 CET) after they proved too good for Scotland’s Western Wildcats.

Four goals from Michael Körper and a hat trick from 17-year-old Paul Glander were the key instigators with the latter’s pair of penalty corners in the first half setting the tone. Moritz Frey had opened the scoring with a delightful near post touch to Maximilian Schlüter’s backhand cross from the left.

Glander – on his EHL debut – dragged in for 2-0 in the 10th minute while Michael Körper was on hand to turn in his 21st goal in the competition with a close range finish from a turnover ball.

Glander’s second added to the first half scoring while Körper added to his personal tally in the third quarter with a mid-circle push after the ball broke his way. The Wildcats were battling opponents throughout and they came close to getting one back via Andy McConnell’s corner shot, hitting the base of the post.

The hat trick was complete for Glander when he was set free on the right edge of the D and he powered home with a smart shot. Fraser Moran responded in kind to nail a corner for Wildcats soon after, cutting the gap to 6-1.

Körper, though, slammed in two more penalty corners in the closing quarter to put the result further out of reach. Frey ended the scoring in the last minute, finishing off a classy move at the right post.