Racing make it two Belgian sides in the KO8




KO16, Eindhoven: Jeremy Gucasoff made a couple of brilliant saves to help Racing club de Bruxelles beat KTHC Rot Weiss Koln 3-2 on penalties after normal time had ended 2-2, pushing them through to Friday's KO8.
Racing led the game twice in the first half, first via Anthony Versluys and subsequently from Thomas Vanneste to counter-act Marco Miltkau's 34th minute goal. Miltkau scored once again in the second half, though, to tie things up and send the game to penalties where the Belgian side prevailed.
They joined compatriots Dragons in the KO8, using the same method after another lively tussle. Versluys provided some very sharp reactions to open the scoring in the 27th minute after some superb work down the right wing by Jonathan Beckers and Thomas Vanneste, clipping the ball home at the second attempt.
Rot Weiss equalised in the 34th minute when Benjamin Wess, who was in typically feisty form, provided the right wing cross to the near post where Miltkau got an unlikely touch to guide the ball in. Parity lasted less than a minute, though, as Jerome Truyens provided one last volley forward with just a couple of seconds left in the half. It bounced off a couple of sticks to Thomas Vanneste who finished off.
The German side levelled once more in the third quarter through Miltkau from a corner that initially went awry but was recovered by Mats Grambusch and worked into the middle for the striker to slam home.
It was the last goal of normal time, leading to penalties in which Victor Aly's early save gave his team the advantage at the start but three stick saves from Gucasoff soon put them over the line, the last a brilliant diving stop to keep out Joshua Delarber.
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