Ferencvaros water polo club made a step towards defending the title in the LEN Euro Cup after a win in Budapest against Italian team of Verona – 9:8. The second leg of the big final will be played on April the 18th in Italy.
Verona water polo players had a better start to this game as they took a lead after a three minutes thanks to a goal from Cristiano Mirarchi. But, Ferencvaros answered very quickly, in the next attack and Denes Varga then put the home team in the lead with a second goal.
Pietro Figlioli scored the second goal for Verona and Italian team showed that they came to Budapest to fight. Ferencvaros once again regained the control of the game after Denes Varga found the net and furthermore when Stefan Mitrovic gave Fradi a 4:2 lead, it seemed that the Budapest giant is going to have everything its own way.
But, this was a tough physical game in the swimming pool with a lot of duels and it was not a surprise when the second quarter ended without any goals. Nevertheless, people in the packed stands of the Komjadi swimming pool could see top quality water polo game.
When the game continued Verona was once again a team that first scored a goal and it was Andrea Fondelli. Immediately after that came Ferencvaros response. Captain Norbert Madaras gave the home team back a two-goal difference.
At the middle of the third quarter Fabio Baraldi and Romain Blary scored consecutive goals and after a long time, Verona managed to equalize. That situation woke up Ferencvaros. Marton Vamos scored the sixth goal, then Andrea Fondelli equalized again, but Nikola Jaksic strike gave Ferencvaros a 7:6 lead.
And again, Verona was better at the start of the first quarter, Pietro Figlioli put the Italian team on level terms. But after that Ferencvaros showed that they are not going to let Verona win in their house.
First Nikola Jaksic took responsibility and then Norbert Madaras scored a beautiful long range and the defending champion got a 9:7 lead. However, Stefano Luongo set the final result and gave Verona a hope for the second leg.
LEN Euro Cup, Final
Ferencvaros 9:8 Banco BPM
(4:2, 0:0, 3:4, 2:2)
Ferencvaros: D. Varga 3, Madaras 2, Jaksic 2, Mitrovic, Vamos
Banco BPM: Fondelli 2, Figlioli 2, Blary, Mirarchi, Luongo, Baraldi