SUMMARY: Zagreb and Szeged book play-offs; Aalborg, Kiel and Barça to quarter-finals

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The penultimate round of the Machineseeker EHF Champions League 2023/24 group phase took place on Wednesday and Thursday night, and there is now just one round left before the stage concludes and the knockout round begins.

Highlights of the thrilling round 13 included Zagreb and Szeged booking places in the play-offs and the Match of the Week between the two top sides in group B, SC Magdeburg and Barça, won by the German side in the dying seconds. 

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I never thought I'd have the crowd in Zagreb welcome me this way. Usually they are not this supportive! But obviously there are so many memories from this place. Although I play for France, a part of me belongs here and it is always great to come to Croatia, especially in what will be my last season. A great feeling.
Nikola Karabatic
Centre back, Paris Saint-Germain Handball
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This was a great victory against a big French club. The match was played with a great atmosphere in this old arena. I warned my players that this would be a tough match. We started well and were five goals up after 20 minutes but at the end of the first half we made mistakes to let Montpellier come back into it and go ahead at the break. However we put in our best performance in the second half, particularly in defence.
Momir Ilic
Head coach, Telekom Veszprém HC
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I've been here for seven years now, and I really feel like we've become a great team. We've got a lot of younger players who are growing every day side by side with the amazing experienced guys that we have here, and we have the absolute right to hope for the best against anyone.
Luka Klarica
Right back, HC Zagreb
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For me Sander Sagosen is one of the best players in the world. I respect [Torbjørn] Bergerud, [Magnus] Gullerud and everybody who plays in this great team. We had a lot of luck with Andi Wolff in the beginning, who helped us in defence. We made it stronger and stronger. Playing in the atmosphere with those spectators for our fans is amazing.

Congratulations to our team. We’re now in the last 12 and we will see what’s going to happen in the next game with Aalborg. With Zagreb's win against Paris, we have our chance to take third position. We will make everything to fight for 60 minutes in this difficult game.
Talant Dujshebaev
Head coach, Industria Kielce
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