After Day 3 of the 2018/19 Champions League, four teams had a perfect record – three of three. Pro Recco, Barceloneta, Sport Management and Jug continued their winning streaks. All four clubs had serious tasks on Day 3.
The big match of the day in Group A was played in the pool in the Sori. Pro Recco, the 8-time Champions League winner, hosted 2017 and 2018 Euro Cup winner Ferencvaros.
The Hungarian team had a lot of problems with injuries, it came to Italy without a few key players, but Ferencvaros was the better team in the opening minutes. The visitors led 3:2 in the second quarter. However, Pro Recco equalized by the big break. At halftime, it was 3:3. The home side earned its first advantage in the first possession in the third quarter (4:3) and it led 6:5 before the last eight minutes, Pro Recco finally broke the big rival in the fourth quarter and recorded a 3-goal win (9:6)
Eger beat Steaua at home. After balanced first two quarters (Eger led 5:4 at halftime), the Hungarians, led by a Serb Strahinja Rasovic, and a Croat Nikola Murisic, who played for Steaua till last summer, secured a win in the third period. Eger built a 5-goal lead (10:5) by the last break. There was no way back for Steaua, Eger won 13:9.
Barceloneta, the group leader, passed its first hard exam. The Spaniards visited Moscow to face Dynamo. Barceloneta led throughout the game. Dynamo fought hard, but it couldn’t equalize. Barceloneta entered the last period with a 12:9 lead. In the middle of the quarter, it went 13:10 up. Dynamo tried to come back, it scored two goals in the last 80 seconds, but the visitors kept all three points (13:12).
Brescia didn’t have a hard task, as it hosted Crvena Zvezda. But, the visitors played better than in the previous two matches against former European champions (Pro Recco 4:17 and Barceloneta 3:14). An inexperienced team from Belgrade conceded seven goals this time. Brescia beat Crvena Zvezda with a 5-goal margin (7:2).
The spectators in the “Gruz” pool in Dubrovnik watched the re-match of the 2017 final, the encounter between Jug and Szolnok. It was a big thriller with a lot of twists and turns.
Jug built a 2-goal lead by the 12th minute (4:2). Then came Szolnok, with three goals in a row. Zalnaki found the net twice, Prlainovic added a goal, and the visitors earned their first advantage (5:4) early in the third quarter. Both sides scored two goals apiece before the last break (7:6). The visitors couldn’t score in the last eight minutes, while Jug converted two man-ups for an 8:7 win.
The Croatian derby Jadran Split – Mladost Zagreb was a pretty close contest for almost three quarters. Jadran had a slim 8:7 lead three minutes from the end of the third period. In the remaining time, Mladost ruled the field. The visitors produced a 5:1 rush and went 12:9 up with 40 seconds remaining on the clock. Jadran scored its 10th goal in the last possession, but it was too late, Mladost won 12:8 and remains unbeaten in all competitions this season. This was the second encounter between Jadran Split and Mladost in the past few days. On Friday, in the Regional League Mladost defeated the rival 9:6
Sport Management, which surprised Olympiacos and Szolnok in the opening two rounds, collected points in Hannover thanks to a big comeback in the second half of the game. Hannover, the host of the F8, had a 4-goal lead already in the 10th minute (6:2). The German team was 8:5 up early in the third quarter. Sport Management was able to come back. The Italians, led by Giuseppe Valentino (5 goals this evening), scored four goals in a row for a 9:8 advantage before the last quarter. Sport Management maintained a slim lead and celebrated an important 11:10 win.
After collecting just a point in two away matches, title-holder Olympiacos finally managed to beat the rival. The Pireaus-based team downed Spandau 04 in the home pool. The Berliners started pretty well. Spandau was 3:2 up in the 10th minute. But Olympiacos tightened its defense and shut out the visitors for more than 12 minutes. The hosts built a 7:3 advantage by the middle of the third period. Spandau stopped the hosts’ series in the finish of the third (7:4), but Olympiacos responded with four straight goals for a 12:4 win.
2018/19 Champions League, Day 3
Pro Recco 9:6 Ferencvaros
(1:2, 2:1, 3:2, 3:1)
Pro Recco:Di Fulvio 2, Echenique 2, Ivovic 2, Velotto, Aicardi, Filipovic.
Ferencvaros Telekom Budapest: Jansik 2, Vamos 2, Mezei, Younger.
Dynamo 12:13 Barceloneta
(3:4, 2:2, 4:6, 3:1)
Dynamo Moscow: Subotic 3, Kholod 3, Pijetlovic 2, Nagaev 2, Radjen, Latypov.
Barceloneta: Granados 3, Famera 2, Mallarach 2, Bustos 2, Munarriz, Vrlic, Fernandez, Tahull.
Eger 13:9 Steaua
(2:1, 3:3, 5:1, 3:4)
ZF Eger: S. Rasovic 3, Murisic 3, Vlachopoulos 2, Decker 2, Gyarfas, Avramovic, Hosnyanszky.
Steaua: Fulea 4, Gheorhe 2, Kapotsis 2, Marinic Kragic.
Brescia 7:2 Crvena zvezda
(3:1, 2:0, 2:0, 0:1)
AN Brescia: Figlioli 2, C. Presciutti, Gallo, Rizzo, Muslim, Nora.
BVK Crvena Zvezda: Tankosic, Vasic.
1. Barceloneta (Spain) 3 – 9
2. Pro Recco (Italy) 3 – 9
3. Ferencvaros (Hungary) 3 – 6
4. Brescia (Italy) 3 – 6
5. Eger (Hungary) 3 – 6
6. Dynamo (Russia) 3 – 0
7. Steaua (Romania) 3 – 0
8. Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) 3 – 0
Jug 8:7 Szolnok
(3:1, 1:3, 2:3, 2:0)
Jug Dubrovnik:Papanastasiou 2, Merkulov 2, Fatovic, Loncar, Jokovic, Benic.
Szolnoki VSK: Zalnaki 3, Batori 2, Aleksic, Prlainovic.
Olympiacos 11:4 Spandau
(2:2, 4:1, 2:1, 3:0)
Olympiacos: Gounas 3, Mourikis 2, Genidounias 2, Obradovic, Buslje, Dervisis,Fountoulis.
Spndau 04: Saudadier, Negrean, Dedovic, Pjesivac.
Hannover 10:11 Sport Management
(5:2, 2:3, 1:4, 2:2)
Waspo Hannover: A. Radovic 4, Corusic, Bukowski, Da. Brguljan, Estrany, Giorgetti, Winkelhorst.
Sport Management: Valentino 5, Dolce, Alesiani, Fondelli, E. Di Somma, Drasovic.
Jadran S 10:12 Mladost
(1:1, 3:4, 5:4, 1:3)
Jadran Split: Setka 3, Kunac 2, Zovic, Butic, Pejkovic, Power, Delic.
Mladost Zagreb: A. Petkovic 3, Mi. Cuk 2, Radu 2, Milos 2, Cagalj, Lazic, Kharkov.
1. Jug (Croatia) 3 – 9
2. Sport Management (Italy) 3 – 9
3. Mladost (Croatia) 3 – 7
4. Olympiacos (Greece) 3 – 4
5. Szolnok Dosza (Hungary) 3 – 3
6. Hannover (Germany) 3 – 2
7. Jadran Split (Croatia) 3 – 0
8. Spandau 04 (Germany) 3 – 0
The next round will be played on December 5.