Liam Pitchford helped his UMMC side take control of their Champions League quarter-final against Germany’s Neu-Ulm with a 3-0 first leg win.
The Russian team led thanks to Jonathan Groth’s 3-1 victory over Vladimir Sidorenko and Pitchford made it 2-0 with a score of 3-1 (12-10, 11-8, 7-11, 11 -6) against Ioannis Sgouropoulos.
Tomislav Pucar then beat Lev Katsman, also in four, to complete the UMMC victory. The return leg will take place in Russia next Wednesday.
All other quarter-finals also ended 3-0, Saarbrücken (GER) beating Hennebont (FRA), Fakel-Gazprom Orenburg (RUS) beating Sporting Clube de Portugal and Borussia Dusseldorf (GER) beating Dekorglass Dzialdowo (POL) .