Euro Cup

Ferencváros, Oradea to clash for Euro Cup

Gojko Pijetlovic, Oradea

Ferencváros was this year’s first Euro Cup finalist. In the semifinal second leg match on Saturday, they hosted Jadran who did not manage to hold onto their one-goal advantage out of first leg. The 6-4 win proved enough for Ferencváros to secure the spot in the final. A tough encounter saw both sides being tied at halftime (2-2), before the visiting water polo team took a slim lead at the end of third quarter. But Ferencváros struck back, leaving Jadran scoreless in the last period. Jansik scored one and Madaras two goals to turn the score around from 3-4 to 6-4. In spite of losing the first match 12-11, Ferencváros water polo players came back strong on Saturday for the 17-16 aggregate and will play in the final against Oradea.

After having fallen to Verona 12-10 in leg 1, Oradea water polo team also made a nice comeback at home. They succeeded in making history and advanced to the finals by beating Sport Management after penalties. Verona water polo team started well and led 1-0 after Gallo’s goal in the first quarter. In the second period, Oradea water polo players stepped up their game and went on a break with one-goal advantage, thanks to Negrean and Georgescu scoring a goal each. However, Sport Management responded in kind in the third quarter and led 3-2 before the final eight minutes. Negrean, Georgescu and Asanovic led Oradea to achieving a two-goal advantage win. That was enough to equalize the aggregate score (15-15), so penalties were necessary to decide on the second finalist. Serbia’s goalkeeper Gojko Pijetlovic was the hero for Oradea. He saved two of the penalty shots in the series, which was enough for the win as his four team-mates scored their attempts. One of them was Serbian water polo player Nikola Radjen, who on Saturday debuted for Oradea.

Euro Cup 2016-2017

Leg 2 (Saturday, February 18)

FTC Budapest (HUN) vs. Jadran Herceg Novi (MNE) 6:4 (1:1, 1:1, 1:2, 3:0)
Ferencváros scorers: Madaras (2), Varga (2), Jansik (1), Mitrovic (1)
Jadran scorers: Vidovic (1), Merkulov (1), Banicevic (1), Pjesivac (1)

CSM Digi Oradea (ROU) vs. Sport Management Verona (ITA) 9:6 (0:1, 2:0, 0:2, 3:0 – 4:3)
Oradea scorers: Gheorghe (1), Negrean (3), Asanovic (1), Georgescu (3), Radjen (1)
Sport Management scorers: Gallo (2), Blary (1), Petkovic (2), Luongo (1)

Leg 1 (Wednesday, January 18)

Jadran Herceg Novi (MNE) vs. FTC Budapest (HUN) 12:11 (3:1, 2:3, 4:5, 3:2)
Jadran scorers: Ukropina (2), Popadic (1), Vidovic (1), Merkulov (4), Petkovic (2), Spaic (1), Pjesivac (1)
Ferencváros scorers: Madaras (3), Nyeki (1), Sziranyi (1), Toth (1), Varga (1), Jansik (1), Cuk (3)

Sport Management Verona (ITA) vs. CSM Digi Oradea (ROU) 12:10 (3:4, 3:4, 2:1, 4:1)
Sport Management scorers: Gallo (2), Gitto (1), Petkovic (4), Luongo (1), Mirarchi (3), Bini (1)
Oradea scorers: Gheorghe (1), Negrean (1), Diaconu (1), Chioveanu (2), Asanovic (2), Cretu (1), Georgescu (2)

Finals to be played: March 22, April 5

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