Some good and bad news came out for the Italian and Russian clubs from Champions League. Dynamo Moscow and Piacenza are eliminated!
Trentino remained unbeaten in the competition beating Maiorca 3:0 and going through to the quarter finals. Macerata made it to the next round too. Macerata lost in Instanbul in a tie-break, but thanks to home 3:0 victory qualified for the next round of Volleyball Champions League.
On the other hand, Piacenza crashes out. Last season Champions League finalists couldn´t find the resources to turn things around, as they were defeated 3:0 in Poland. H. Zlatanov, the star of Piacenza, was not playing the way he is used to. On the other hand Czestochowa showed team performance with a great game of Bartman.
Moscow had a hard job in Poland, after 3:2 home victory. In the return match 1/8 finals of the Champions League Russian champion lost in Belchatow 3:1 and left the tournament. Kazan did not have any problems with Bled in front of home public and claimed clear 3:0 victory. Also Odintsovo did not give any chance to Maaseik. Friedrichshafen needed two sets to confirm the advance in next round.
Champions League 1/4 final duels will be played on March 4 and March 11. Macerata will face Kazan, the Champions league 2007/08 winner. Belchatow will fight for access to the final four with Odintsovo. Czestochowa will be Trentino´s next opponent in the quarters.