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KO16 –KHC Leuven 7 (T Willems 2, T De Groote, G Garcia, G
Deront, T Genestet, F Bourdeaud’hui) WKS
Grunwald Poznan 2 (W Rataj, T Dutkiewicz)
Six final quarter goals saw KHC Leuven bounce back to beat
WKS Grunwald Poznan and reach the KO8 on their return to the EHL after six
They looked in trouble, though, as they trailed 2-1 at the
three quarter mark to a spectacular Waldemar Rataj effort and a drag-flick from
Tomasz Dutkiewicz after Guillermo Garcia’s brilliant opening goal.
It was a thing of beauty, twisting out of a tackle before
unleashing a reverse stick shot to the top corner. Rataj equalised when
Dutkiewicz launched a 70m pass to him in the circle and he guided past Julien
Schoo Lans first time to make it 1-1 before Pozan went ahead with the last
touch of the half.
Poznan clung on to their narrow lead for the third quarter.
But Leuven went ballistic in the final quarter with Tom Genestet finally
equalising in the 47th minute. It start a run of six goals in ten
minutes with Guillaume Deront thrashing in the third goal before Tom De Groote,
two from Tommy Willems and one from Fabrice Bourdeaud’hui flipped the game on
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