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Hannover beats Duisburg to win German Cup, Spandau finishes third

Hannover, Germany Cup
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Hannover beats Duisburg to win German Cup, Spandau finishes third. Waspo 98 Hannover won the German Cup for the third time after 1998 and 2003 with a tight 10-9 win against ASC Duisburg (2: 2, 1: 3, 3: 2, 4: 2). Both teams came away with nice semifinal victories. Duisburg matched up OSC Potsdam and won 14-8. In the other semi-final match, Hannover easily rolled past the Spandau 04 squad 9-4.

Hannover started well in the final after Luka Seculic scored a leading goal, but the hosting team netted two times and took the lead. After the first quarter had tied 2: 2, Jan Obschernikat and Paul Schüler scored giving Duisburg the 2-goal advantage. The defense of the hosting team proved solid and kept them two goals difference at half-time (5-3).

In the third period, Schüler increased to 6-4 and then again 7-5. Before the last break Darko Brguljan netted his first goal of the game for the 6-7 score. The turning point in the score came in the last period, when Erik Bukowski scored equalizing to 7-7. Two spectacular from Darko Brguljan and one of Aleksandar Radovic lead Hannover to 10-7. In the last 44 seconds Duisburg brought it down to 9:10, but they were unable to equalize with 1.8 seconds left until the end.

After a dramatic win in Düsseldorf, Coach Karsten Seehafer’s team (German Champion 1993 as a player) made it to the list of German water polo teams that won state titles in three different decades, and with three different player generations as well.

German record winner Spandau 04 Berlin, who had triumphed over the past three years, had to settle for third place. After its semifinal loss to Hannover (9-4), Spandau finished third with a comeback win over Potsdam (11-6).

Julian Real (Duisburg) is the Final Four’s best player.

Results

Semi-final (Friday, January 27)

ASC Duisburg vs. OSC Potsdam 14-8 (5-2, 3-2, 3-3, 3-1)
Duisburg: Eidner (3), Schimanski (1), Julian Real (6), Schüler (2), Obschernikat (2)
Potsdam: Kössler (1), Strelezkij (2), Korbel (1), Saggau (1), Dufour(2), Langer (1)

Waspo 98 Hannover vs. Spandau 04 Berlin 9-4 (2-0, 2-0, 3-1, 2-3)
Waspo: Brguljan (4), Radovic, Jokic (2), Seculic (1), Estrany Esforzado (1)
Spandau: Cuk (1), Jüngling (2), Stamm (1)

3rd place (Saturday, January 28)

OSC Potsdam vs. Spandau 04 Berlin 6-11 (4-1, 1-3, 1-4, 0-3)
Potsdam: Strelezkij (1), Korbel (1), Saggau (2), Schulz (2)
Spandau: Saudadier (1), Gielen (1), Preuss (1), Marzouki (1), Dedovic (3), Stamm (2), Tadin (1), Restovic (1)

Final (Saturday, January 28)

ASC Duisburg vs. Waspo 98 Hannover 9-10 (2-2, 3-1, 2-3, 2-4)
Duisburg: Eidner (1), Real (2), Schüler (3), Obschernikat (2), Bakulo (1)
Waspo: Corusic (1), Bukowski (1), Brguljan (3), Radovic (3), Seculic (2)

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