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Barcelona halts Barceloneta; Olympiacos, Dynamo, Steaua with no mercy

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National champions easily defeated their respective rivals in the Greek, Russian and Romanian league last weekend. The best Spanish club Barceloneta did not join the “winning company”.

Spain

After 15 victories in a row, Barceloneta’s winning streak in the Spanish league came to the end.

In the 16th round of the Spanish Championship Barceloneta faced its big rival Barcelona. A week ago, Barceloneta blew away Barcelona (12:4) in the semifinals of the national cup, but the league match offered completely different storyline. Barcelona took control in the first half of the match. Barceloneta water polo players found themselves 3:6 down in the 13th minute. But, they produced a stunning comeback. Barceloneta scored five unanswered goals by the end of the third period and the title-holder was 8:6 up before the last quarter. Barcelona struck back with three goals in a row and gained a new lead (9:8) in the 27th minute. However, Barceloneta saved a point. The match ended in a 9:9 draw. The best scorers were Marc Larumbe (Barceloneta) and Andria Delgado (Barcelona), with three goals each.

The winner of the day was Sabadell, which defeated Mediterrani 10:9. A game-winner was scored by Bustos Sanchez five seconds from the end.

16th round

Mediterrani – Sabadell 9:10 (2:3, 1:3, 3:2, 3:2)
Barceloneta – Barcelona 9:9 (3:3, 1:3, 4:0, 1:3)
Concepcion – Navarra 4:15 (0:7, 0:2, 3:4, 1:2)
Mataro – Tenerife 18:3 (4:0, 3:0, 6:1, 5:2)
Catalunya – Real Canoe 11:15 (3:3, 4:2, 2:6, 2:4)
Terrassa – Sant Andreu 8:5 (2:2, 2:3, 1:0, 3:0)

1 Atletic Barceloneta 16 – 46
2 Terrassa 16 – 42
3 Barcelona Vista 16 – 40
4 Mediterrani 16 – 31
5 Quadis Mataro 16 – 30
6 Sant Andreu 16 – 26
7 Astrapool Sabadell 16 – 20
8 Real Canoe 16 – 15
9 Navarra 16 – 13
10 Catalunya 16 -12
11 Tenerife 16 – 7
12 Concepcion 16 – 0

Greece

As usual, Olympiacos had no mercy. The European champion demolished Chios 25:3. Three players netted four goals each: Obradovic, Fountoulis, and Dervisis.

Interesting games were played in Thessaloniki and in Glyfada.  Ydraikos defeated PAOK in Thessaloniki 7:5, despite the hosts had a 5:4 lead before the final quarter. Glyfada edged out Ethnikos 8:7.

The match Vouliagmeni – Palaio Faliro was postponed due to the bad weather. Most of the Greek clubs, including Vouliagmeni, play their games in outdoor pools during the whole season. This time, the strong wind didn’t let Vouliagmeni and Palaio Faliro play the match.

17th round

PAOK – Ydraikos 5:7 (1:0, 2:2, 2:2, 0:3)
Apollon Smirnis – OFTH 11:3 (3:0, 4:2, 2:0, 2:1)
Peristeri – Chania 11:9 (0:1, 3:3, 4:2, 4:3)
Glyfada – Ethnikos 8:7 (2:0, 3:1, 2:3, 1:3)
Olympiacos – Chios 25:3 (5:0, 9:1, 6:0, 5:2)
Vouliagmeni – Palaio Faliro postponed

1 Olympiacos 17 – 51
2 Apollon Smirnis 17 – 39
3 Vouliagmeni 16 – 37
4 Ydraikos 17 – 30
5 PAOK 17 -24
6 Ethnikos 17 – 24
7 Glyfada 17 – 23
8 Chania 16 – 18
9 Palaio Faliro 16 – 16
10 Peristeri 17 -16
11 Chios 17 – 15
12 OFTH 16 – 0

Russia

Reigning champion Dynamo Moscow had an easy job in the 12th weekend of the Russian championship. Dynamo Moscow hosted Dynamo SSHOR (Astrakhan Oblast) and earned two convincing victories – 22:8 and 16:6.

Shturm 2002 upset Spartak Volgograd. In the first game of the weekend, played in Volgograd, Shturm remained unbeaten – 7:7. A day later Spartak which was a big favorite, had minor headaches, but it managed to overcome Shturm – 9:7.

Sintez Kazan had no problems in the matches against Dynamo COP – 16:8 and 17:7.

The Russian Water Polo Federation determined the outcome of the encounter between Sintez Kazan and Spartak Volgograd, which was interrupted because of the tussle in which were involved the players of both teams (11th weekend). None of the sides won points. Officially, Spartak and Sintez were defeated in that match.

12th weekend

Spartak Volgograd – Shturm 2002 (Moscow Oblast) 7:7 (1:0, 2:2, 2:2, 2:3)
Spartak Volgograd – Shturm 2002 (Moscow Oblast) 9:7 (3:0, 1:1, 2:4, 3:2)

Dynamo Moscow – Dynamo SSHOR (Astrakhan Oblast) 22:8 (2:0, 6:4, 8:2, 6:2)
Dynamo Moscow – Dynamo SSHOR (Astrakhan Oblast) 16:6 (3:3, 3:2, 4:0, 6:1)

Dynamo COP (Moscow) – Sintez (Kazan) 8:16 (2:6, 1:1, 3:2, 2:7)
Dynamo COP (Moscow) – Sintez (Kazan) 7:17 (1:3, 1:3, 1:6, 4:5)

Astana (Almaty) – Baltika (Saint Petersburg) 6:8 (4:2, 3:3, 0:2, 0:1)
Astana (Almaty) – Baltika (Saint Petersburg) 8:5 (2:2, 2:0, 2:2, 2:1)

1 Dynamo 24 – 44
2 Spartak 24 – 37
3 Sintez 24 – 36
4 Dynamo SSHOR 24 – 27
5 Baltika 24 – 17
6 Astana 24 – 14
7 Shturm 2002 24 – 8
8 Dynamo COP 24 – 7

Romania

There were no thrills in Romanian pools last weekend, as favorites killed all excitements and recorded convincing wins.

Current champion Steaua hosted Crisul Oradea and netted 38 goals in two days (21:1 and 17:4).

The league-leader CSM Digi Oradea blew away Politehnica Cluj (23:1 and 17:1), while Corona Sportul Studentesc, which defeated Steaua a week ago, did a clean job in Arad. Corona didn’t leave any hope to Amefa – 15:9 and 18:6.

13th weekend

Steaua Bucharest – Crisul Oradea 21:1 (6:0, 7:0, 4:1, 4:0)
Steaua Bucharest – Crisul Oradea 17:4 (3:1, 3:3, 5:0, 6:0)

CSM Targu Mures – Dinamo Bucharest 5:8 (0:4, 1:1, 1:1, 3:2)
CSM Targu Mures – Dinamo Bucharest 6:17 (1:5, 0:5, 2:2, 3:5)

CSM Digi Oradea – Politehnica Cluj 23:1 (7:0, 6:0, 5:1, 5:0)
CSM Digi Oradea – Politehnica Cluj 17:1 (7:0, 4:0, 3:0, 3:1)

Amefa Arad – Corona Sportul Studentesc 5:19
Amefa Arad – Corona Sportul Studentesc 8:16

Matches of the 15th weekend

Rapid Bucharest – Crisul Oradea 12:7
Rapid Bucharest – Crisul Oradea 14:10

1 CSM Digi Oradea 24 – 63
2 Steaua 22 – 61
3 Corona Sportul Studentesc 24 – 61
4 Dinamo Bucharest 24 – 48
5 Rapid Bucharest 24 – 36
6 CSM Targu Mures 24 – 27
7 Poli Cjul 22 – 10
8 Amefa 22 – 6
9 Crisul Oradea 26 – 4

Germany

Rescheduled match

SVV Plauen – ASC Duisburg 10:18 (3:3, 2:5, 2:5, 3:5)

1 Waspo 98 Hannover 12 – 24
2 Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 12 – 22
3 ASC Duisburg 13 – 17
4 OSC Potsdam 12 – 11
5 SSV Esslingen 12 – 11
6 SVV Plauen 11 – 6
7 Duisburger SV 98 12 – 3
8 SG Neukolln 12 – 2

France

Postponed match (7th round)
Sete Natation EDD – Olympic Nice Natation 6:11 (1:0, 2:5, 1:2, 2:4)

1 Team Strasbourg 13 – 37
2 CN Marseille 13 – 34
3 Pays d’Aix 13 – 28
4 Montpellier 13 – 22
5 EN Tourcoing 13 – 20
6 Noisy le Sec 13 – 19
7 Olympic Nice 13 – 16
8 FNC Douai 13 – 9
9 Stade de Reims 13 – 6
10 Sete Natation 13 – 0

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