Russia Water Polo

Dynamo Moscow retains Russian Cup

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There’s nothing new on the Russian water polo stage. Dynamo Moscow won another trophy. The best Russian water polo club at the moment successfully defended Russian Cup. Dynamo won the national Cup for the 12th time in the club’s history. It clinched the Cup of the USSR five times (1938, 1945, 1952, 1971, 1972), while it was the best in the Russian Cup in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2006, 2018, and in 2019.

The Final Eight tournament of the Russian Cup was played in Kazan. The last hurdle for Dynamo towards the trophy was the final game against Sintez, the host of the F8. The Moscow-based side defeated the home team by a 3-goal margin (12:9).

Both teams didn’t have hard tasks in the quarterfinals. Dynamo Moscow ran past Dynamo SSHOR (16:5), while Sintez beat Baltika from Saint Petersburg (13:6).

Dynamo had a hard exam in the semifinals. The reigning Russian champion played against Spartak Volgograd, the most decorated club in the modern history of the Russian water polo. Since 1994, when the first Russian Championship was played, Spartak has won 12 titles of the champion of Russia and 12 Russian Cups and it clinched the LEN Cup in 2014. Dynamo had a minimal advantage after the first quarter (2:1),but it shut out Spartak in the second period. Dynamo led 5:1 at halftime. The team from Volgograd came back in the third quarter. Spartak trailed 4:6 before the final eight minutes. The teams scored two goals apiece in the last period. Dynamo maintained the advantage and recorded an 8:6 win.

Sintez Kazan defeated Shturm 2002 in the semifinals (12:5)

The final match didn’t offer a lot of thrills. Dynamo rushed to a 5:0 lead by the middle of the second quarter. Sintez “woke up” too late. The hosts found themselves 3:7 down at halftime. Sintez couldn’t catch the big rival, despite the home side played well in the last eight minutes. Early in the fourth quarter, Dynamo earned a new 6-goal lead (11:5). Sintez scored four unanswered goals to come very close (9:11), but there was no time for a turn. Sintez scored its 9th goal 17 seconds from the end. Nikolai Lazarev found the net three seconds before the last buzzer for the final score – 12:9.

Spartak Volgograd won the bronze medal, by beating Shturm 2002 (17:6)

Russian Cup, Final Eight (Kazan)

DAY 1

Quarterfinals

Dynamo (Moscow) – Dynamo SSHOR (Astrakhan Oblast) 16:5 (3:1, 6:2, 4:1, 3:1)
Sintez (Kazan) – Baltika (Saint Petersburg) 13:6 (3:1, 5:2, 1:1, 4:2)
Shturm 2002 (Moscow Oblast) – Sintez-UOR (Kazan) 12:6 (2:3, 5:0, 3:1, 2:2)
Spartak (Volgograd) – Dynamo COP (Moscow) 17:3 (3:0, 6:2, 5:0, 3:1)

DAY 2

Semifinals

Places 1-4

Spartak 6:8 Dynamo M
(1:2, 0:3, 3:1, 2:2)

Spartak Volgograd: Yurchik, Cheshev, Krug, Khalturin, Shaihudinov, Kiseelev.
Dynamo Moscow: Kholod 3, Latypov 2, Koptsev, Hagaev, Byckhov

Sintez – Shturm 2002 12:5
(4:1, 2:1, 5:1, 1:2)

Sintez Kazan: Zakyrov 3, Ziinurov 2, Ryzhov-Alenichev 2, Zinatulin, Bugaychuk, Nezhynskii, Fatachudintsov, Manafov.
Shturm 2002: Kuzmenkov 4, Emelyanov.

Places 5 – 8

Baltika – Sintez UOR 14:12 (2:2, 1:4, 5:2, 2:2, pso 4:2)
Dynamo COP Moscow – Dynamo SSOR 7:8 (1:2, 4:4, 1:2, 1:0)

DAY 3

Final

Dynamo M 12:9 Sintez
(3:0, 4:3, 3:2, 2:4)

Dynamo Moscow: Latypov 3, Shepelev 3, Lazarev 2, Bychkov 2, Nagaev, Lisunov.
Sintez Kazan: Vasilyev 2, Ryzhov-Alenichev 2, Zakirov, Bugaychuk, Nezhenskii, Manafov, Magomaev.

For the 3rd place

Spartak 17:6 Shturm 2002
(3:1, 5:1, 4:3, 5:1)

Spartak Volgograd: Krug 4, Khalturin 4, Ashaev 3, Eskov 2, Sheykin 2, Rudai, Yurchik.
Shturm 2002 MO: Kuzmenkov, Emelyanov, Shonai, Pronin, Ruchlov, V. Fedotov.

For 5th place: Dynamo SSHOR – Baltika 5:6 (2:1, 1:2, 0:1, 2:2)
For 7th place: Dynamo COP – Sintez UOR 14:7 (4:1, 2:2, 5:2, 3:2)

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