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Barceloneta clinches 15th Spanish Cup, Steaua falls in Brasov

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The most of the national water polo championships in Europe was continued last weekend. In Spain, the teams were in a hunt for a trophy in the national cup.

Spain

Barceloneta continued to dominate in Spain. The most successful Spanish club in the 21st century clinched its 15th trophy in the national Cup (The King’s Cup). The Final Eight tournament of the Spanish Cup was held in Mataro.

The road towards the new trophy Barceloneta started with a 9:4 win over Terrassa in the quarterfinals. The best scorer was Felipe Perrone (3 goals). In the semifinals, Barceloneta trashed Barcelona. The Cup winner, boosted by a Francisco Fernandez Miranda (4 goals) had an 8:0 lead after 18 minutes of play and cruised to a win – 12:4.

Barceloneta didn’t let spectators enjoy the interesting final game, which was very similar to the semifinal. The 2014 European champion faced Mediterrani in the game for the trophy. Barceloneta quickly killed all excitements, as it jumped to an 8:0 advantage early in the third period. Mediterrani managed to score just twice in the match. Barceloneta celebrated a 12:2 victory. The best scorer of the game was Blai Mallarach (3 goals) who was voted the MVP of the Final Eight.

This was the 7th consecutive King’s Cup for Barceloneta. The title-holder hasn’t won just two national cups since 2006. Barceloneta lost to Barcelona in the 2011 final (3:7), while they were edged out by Sabadell in the 2012 final (10:11).

2019 Spanish Cup, Final Eight (Mataro)

Quarterfinals
CN Atletic Barceloneta – CN Terrassa 9:4 (4:2, 3:2, 0:0, 2:0)
Real Canoe NC – CN Barcelona Vista 8:9 (0:1, 2:1, 1:0, 2:3, pso 3:4)
CN mediterrani – Astralpool Sabadell 9:7 (3:2, 4:2, 1:3, 1:0)
Quadis Mataro – CN Sant Andreu 7:5 (2:2, 2:2, 1:0, 2:1)

Semifinals
Mediterrani – Mataro 7:6 (2:2, 2:2, 2:0, 1:2)
Barceloneta – Barcelona 12:4 (2:0, 4:0, 3:1, 3:3)

Final
Barceloneta – Mediterrani 12:2 (2:0, 4:0, 3:1, 3:1)

All winners of King’s Cup

Barceloneta 15 trophies (2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Barcelona 8 (1989, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2011)
Catalunya 6 (1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997)
Sabadell 3 (1998, 2005, 2012)
Mediterrani 1 (1993)

Greece

The biggest surprise of the round  happened in Alimos, the southern suburb of Athens, where 4th-placed Ydraikos hosted Peristeri, which holds the 11th place in the table. The visitors recorded an 8:5 victory. They didn’t move from the 11th place, but their chances to avoid relegation grown up. This was Peristeri’s 2nd big away win this year. In January, they defeated Vouliagmeni in Athens (8:6).

In most of the matches, visiting teams collected points. Olympiacos blew away last-placed OFTH (22:1). Vouliagmeni visited Glyfada. The home team had a slim 4:3 advantage before the last eight minutes, but Vouliagmeni produced a big comeback for a 7:5 victory. Third-placed Apollon Smirnis defeated Palaio Faliro (8:5).

16th round

Palaio Faliro – Apollon Smirnis 5:8 (1:3, 1:1, 0:3, 3:1)
Chios – PAOK 10:9 (4:1, 1:3, 3:2, 2:3)
Ydraikos – Peristeri 5:8 (2:1, 1:4, 1:2, 1:1)
Glyfada – Vouliagmeni 5:7 (2:1, 1:1, 1:1, 1:4)
Ethnikos – Chania 12:7 (6:2, 4:0, 1:3, 1:2)
OFTH – Olympiacos 1:22 (0:7, 0:5, 1:5, 0:5)

1 Olympiacos 16 – 48
2 Vouliagmeni 16 – 37
3 Apollon Smirnis 16 – 36
4 Ydraikos 16 – 27
5 PAOK 16 – 24
6 Ethnikos 16 – 24
7 Glyfada 16 – 20
8 Chania 15 – 18
9 Palaio Faliro 16 – 16
10 Chios 16 – 15
11 Peristeri 16 – 13
12 OFTH 15 – 0

Romania

The 12th weekend of the Romanian Championship offered a few very interesting matches.

Title-holder Steaua Bucharest traveled to Brasov to face Corona Sportul Studentesc. Before these two games, Steaua water polo players had a perfect record – 18 wins in 18 matches. Their unbeaten run was ended in Brasov.

Steaua had a 7:5 lead before the last quarter of the first match, but in the end, the rivals shared the points – 8:8.
There were a lot of twists and turns in the second game. Corona narrowly defeated Steaua (10:9) and caught the big rival from Bucharest in points.

CSM Digi Oradea recorded two wins against Dinamo in Bucharest (12:10 and 9:6) and climbed into the 1st place of the table. Oradea has 2 points more than Steaua and Corona. But, the reigning champion played two games fewer than Oradea and Corona.

12th weekend

Corona Sportul Studentesc – Steaua Bucharest 8:8 (3:2, 1:3, 1:2, 3:1)
Corona Sportul Studentesc – Steaua Bucharest 10:9 (3:2, 4:3, 1.3, 2:1)

Crisul Oradea – CSM Targu Mures 10:11 (3:3, 1:4, 3:1, 3:3)
Crisul Oradea – CSM Targu Mures 7:8 (3:1, 1:2, 2:2, 1:2)

Dinamo Bucharest – CSM Oradea 10:12 (2:2, 1:3, 3:4, 4:3)
Dinamo Bucharest – CSM Oradea 6:9

Rapid Bucharest – Amefa Arad 15:6 (3:2, 3:2, 6.1, 3:1)
Rapid Bucharest – Amefa Arad 8:6

1 CSM Digi Oradea 22 – 57
2 Steaua 20 – 55
3 Corona Sportul Studentesc 22 – 55
4 Dinamo Bucharest 22 – 42
5 Rapid Bucharest 22 – 30
6 CSM Targu Mures 22 – 27
7 Poli Cjul 20 – 10
8 Amefa 20 – 6
9 Crisul Oradea 22 – 4

France

Favorites did their jobs in the 13th round of the 120th French Championship.

Pays d’Aix, Marseille, and Montpellier beat their respective rivals with ease, while the league-leader Strasbourg had a hard task.

Strasbourg, the reigning champion, visited Nice. The home side Olympic quickly earned a three-goal lead. It was 3:0 after 6 minutes. After that, Strasbourg was taking control step-by-step. The visitors, boosted by Dusan Markovic (4 goals in the match) had a minimal advantage at halftime (7:6). Strasbourg built a 4-goal lead (11:7) 2:30 minutes from the end. Olympic dominated the last minutes, but there was no time for a turn. Strasbourg recorded an 11:10 win.

13th round

Pays d’Aix Natation – Stade de Reims Natation 18:6 (2:0, 5:1, 6.2, 5:1)
CN Marseille – EN Tourcoing LM 17:9 ( 4:2, 6:2, 1:3, 6:2)
Sete Natation EDD – Montpellier WP 4:14 (1:4, 0:4, 2:3, 1:3)
Olympic Nice Natation – Team Strasbourg 10:11 (4:2, 2:5, 0:2, 4:2)
FNC Douai – CN Noisy le Sec 10:12 (1:2, 5:5, 0:5, 4:0)

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 12 – 13
8 FNC Douai 13 – 9
9 Stade de Reims 13 – 6
10 Sete Natation 12 – 0

Germany

12th round

Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 – SG Neukolln 18:3 (2:0, 6:0, 8:1, 2:2)
ASC Duisburg – OSC Potsdam 7:10 (3:1, 2:4, 1:3, 1:2)
Waspo 98 Hannover – SSV Esslingen 23:5 (6:1, 6:1, 5:2, 6:1)

Rescheduled match
Duisburger SV 98 – ASC Duisburg 10:12 (4:7, 0:3, 3:2, 3:0)

1 Waspo 98 Hannover 12 – 24
2 Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 12 – 22
3 ASC Duisburg 12 – 15
4 OSC Potsdam 12 – 11
5 SSV Esslingen 12 – 11
6 SVV Plauen 10 – 6
7 Duisburger SV 98 12 – 3
8 SG Neukolln 12 – 2

Russia

There were no matches in Russia last weekend

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