1. FC Saarbrücken TT moves into the quarter-finals of the Table Tennis Champions League (Men) as group winner. In the final group match, Saarbrücken does not show any weakness against the second string of the French representative Chartres ASTT.

Bojan Tokic

Extended the lead to 2-0: Bojan Tokic (Photo: Höfer)

After a clear 3-0 victory over Chartres ASTT, 1. FC Saarbrücken TT move to quarter-finals of the Table Tennis Champions League (Men) as group winner and thus avoid allegedly strong teams first. Until this fact was confirmed, it took less than two hours in the Joachim-Deckarm-Hall in Saarbrücken on Wednesday evening.

The French guests – already eliminated before the match, but at the same time qualified for the ETTU Cup – relinquished their top players Pär Gerell and Robert Gardos in Saarbrücken and instead relied on home-grown youth players. At the start of the match, Alexandre Robinot (22) met Saarbrücken's Patrick Baum and forced the German international into the fifth game, in which Baum narrowly prevailed. "We had to fight our way into the match, but did well," said Patrick Franziska, who had followed the match from the bench as a substitute player.

After that, it was significantly less effort for Baum's teammates Bojan Tokic and Tiago Apolonia. Tokic allowed Romain Lorentz (24) only a total of twelve points, Apolonia solved his task against the only 16-year-old Vincent Picard similarly commanding. "We are happy to have become group winners. That makes it easier to go into the Christmas break. We will surely enjoy a glass of water or two tonight," revealed Franziska.

Due to the straight win of Saarbrücken, TTSC UMMC's parallel victory had no consequences for the Germans. The Russians around the former Grenzau player Andrej Gacina narrowly defeated Eslövs Ai Bordtennis from Sweden 3-2 and move to the knockout round in second spot of the group. The draw of the quarter-finals will take place on Friday at 1 pm in Luxembourg.

Match overview

1. FC Saarbrücken TT – Chartres ASTT 3-0
Patrick Baum – Alexandre Robinot 3-2 (5-11, 11-1, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9)
Bojan Tokic – Romain Lorentz 3-0 (11-2, 11-5, 11-5)
Tiago Apolonia – Vincent Picard 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-6)