Leg 2 of the LEN Euro Cup quarterfinals took place on December 9, 2017.
After dominating away games against Sintez Kazan and Crvena Zvezda respectively, Ferencvaros and Sport Management continued with the impeccable performance at home as well. CN Marseille held off Jadran Split, while Miskolci water polo survived the clash with Spartak Volgograd.
FERENCVAROS AND SPORT MANAGEMENT MAKE NO MISTAKES
Sintez Kazan water polo players faced with Ferencvaros in Budapest where they had a mission impossible. Giving that the hosting team recorded a convincing 16:8 win in Russia, the visitors had practically no chance of winning. Ferencvaros was led by Norbert Madaras who scored four goals and emerged as the game’s top scorer.
The squad from Russia was able to keep parity in the first quarter, but Ferencvaros controlled the match from the very beginning. Hosts sealed the victory in the second period when they left their opponents scoreless, and finished the game in a routine manner.
FTC BUDAPEST 12:9 SINTEZ KAZAN
(4:3, 2:0, 3:2, 3:4)
Aggregate score: Ferencvaros 28:17 Sintez Kazan
Sport Management was also one step closer to the semifinals after the face-off in Belgrade, where they defeated Crvena Zvezda (10:5) after a brilliant final period. Verona-based water polo club again scored almost double more goals than guests from Serbia.
Dejan Savic’s resisted in the leg 1 game almost until the end, but final score crushed their hopes, so they remained underdogs. They struggled, but had no strength for a turnover. Pietro Figlioli netted four goals for the hosts, and excellent Djordje Tanaskovic scored four for the losing team.
SM VERONA 15:8 CRVENA ZVEZDA
(4:1, 5:3, 4:3, 2:1)
Aggregate score: SM Verona 25:13 Crvena Zvezda
MARSEILLE TOO STRONG FOR JADRAN SPLIT
The most suspenseful duel was the one between CN Marseille and Jadran Split, because the leg 1 match in Split ended with a narrow triumph of the visiting water polo players (11:10). So both squads had their hopes high ahead of the clash in Marseille, France.
Marseille got off to a better start. Igor Kovacevic scored the opener, after which Ante Vukicevic raised his team’s lead to 2:0. In the middle of the first quarter, Jerko Marinic-Kragic cut the deficit, but the hosts went ahead 3:1 thanks to Kovacevic. The team from Croatia was still falling behind by one thanks to Jure Marelja’s goal (3:2) around one minute before the end of the period. The second quarter saw an equal duel, so the halftime result was 4:3.
After Kovacevic missed the penalty shot at the start of the second half, Ferdinand Josip Buselic found the net and equalized for the first time. Jadran Split even took the first lead in the middle of the third quarter after Ivan Krapic’s goal, but Nicolas Constantin-Bicari made sure Marseille water polo team did not lose the advantage (5:5). Hosts had their defense on point in the final eight minutes, preventing Jadran from jeopardizing their minimum lead gained in the leg 1 clash. Split-based water polo team was helpless in the last quarter when Marseille netted two unanswered goals.
The top scorers were Constantin-Bicari, Kovacevic, and Vukicevic each of whom scored a pair for the winning team.
CN MARSEILLE 7:5 JADRAN SPLIT
(3:2, 1:1, 1:2, 2:0)
Aggregate score: CN Marseille 18:15 Jadran Split
SPARTAK COMES UP SHORT AGAINST MISKOLCI
Miskolci came to Russia as the favorite after a four-goal difference in the previous match (12:8). However, Spartak seriously threatened and was very close to a triumph, but eventually had no time for equalizing.
Hosts immediately demonstrated how determined they were and took the first lead after Viktor Miklos Vadovics found the net. Miskolci was trailing the entire first period which ended in a draw (2:2). The teams exchanged in scoring during the second quarter, and the difference was at no point more than one. This period saw three ties, but Spartak went on a break with a minimum advantage (6:5) gained thanks to Artem Ashaev who scored one second before the halftime.
Afterward, Alexey Agarkov and Pavel Khalturin increased their team’s advantage. Miskolci was down by three in the third quarter (8:5) but could still be satisfied because it meant their victory. Sasa Misic and Vadovics brought down the deficit to (8:7) one making sure the rival did not accomplish too big lead. Spartak did its best, left the opponent scoreless in the fourth period, but netted only two goals, which were not enough for a turnover. Eventually, Miskolci survived and advanced to the semifinals. Spartak’s Vitaly Yurchik recorded a hat trick and emerged as the game’s top scorer.
SPARTAK VOLGOGRAD 10:7 MISKOLCI VLC
(2:2, 4:3, 2:2, 2:0)
Aggregate score: Spartak Volgograd 18:19 Miskolci VLC