Four big derbies were played in the 4th round of the Champions League. The highlights in Group A were the matches in Hungary, while big games of the Day 4 in Group B were encounters in Dubrovnik and Piareaus. Visitors collected points in both clashes in Hungary, while the home teams beat their respective rivals in the derbies in Group B.
After four rounds, three teams claimed all four wins: Pro Recco, Barceloneta and Jug.
Ferencvaros, which won the Super Cup on Friday, beating Olympiacos, hosted Barceloneta. The Hungarians grabbed an early 2:0 lead (4th minute). After that, Barceloneta shut out the hosts for 11:20 minutes. The visitors turned around the deficit to a 5:2 lead. In the last minute of the 2nd quarter, Ferencvaros’s Australian Aaron Younger found the net for 3:5. The home team reduced the gap to 4:5 early in the third period.
The Hungarians came back in full and equalized in the finish of the third quarter. Before the final eight minutes, the score was 7:7. Deep into the 4th quarter, Barceloneta water polo players scored two goals in a span of 34 seconds for 9:7 and they kept the win. Feremcvaros’s eight goal came too late. Stefan Mitrovic set the final score 14 seconds before the end – 8:9.
Brescia played in Eger and went home with all three points. Eger played better in the first half, it had 2-goals lead (2:0, 3:1, 4:2). Brescia soon started climbing back. At halftime, the rivals were tied (5:5), while the visiting team went in front (7:6) 15 seconds from the end of the third quarter. Eger managed to equalize early in the fourth period (7:7), but the Italians dominated in the remaining time. Brescia produced a 4:1 rush for an 11:8 victory.The Italians jumped into the 3rd place in the table, ahead of Ferencvaros.
The match Pro Recco – Steaua Bucharest took place in Bologna, as a part of Recco’s promotion tour through Italian cities. Recco’s fans in Bologna enjoyed in a flood of goals, The 8-time Champions League winner convincingly beat the Romanians (19:7). The Italians climbed on the top of the table. They have 12 points as well as Barceloneta, but thanks to the big win in Bologna they have better goal difference than the Spaniards.
After three losses in a row, Dynamo Moscow entered the race for the F8 berths. The Russians had an easy task this evening, Dynamo faced Crvena Zvezda earned first three points with a 10-goal victory (14:4).
The highlights in Group B were the matches in Dubrovnik and Piraeus.
The spectators in Dubrovnik watched an encounter between the clubs which both recorded three wins in the 1st three rounds. Jug hosted Sport Management. The opening quarter belonged to the visitors. The Italians were 5:3 up after the 1st period. Jug, boosted by its supporters, dominated the second quarter. The Croats had a 7:5 lead at halftime. The balanced battle was continued in the second half of the game. Sport Management equalized the score twice (7:7 and 8:8). Loren Fatovic scored in the 26th minute for Jug’s new minimal lead (9:8). Nobody could hit the back of the net in the remaining time. Jug celebrated a the narrow and very importantvictory
Olympiacos ended Mladost’s unbeaten run. Before the Champions League Day 4, the Zagreb-based team posted 9 wins and one draw in all competitions this season. But, the match against the title-holder in Piraeus was a too high hurdle for Croats.
The Greeks dominated from the first buzzer. The hosts’ captain Josip Pavic, who was Mladost’s goalkeeper before moving to Piraeus, was superb in the 1st quarter. Olympiacos led 3:0 before the 2nd quarter. Mladost consolidated its attack after the first break. The visitors trailed 3:4 and 4:5 in this quarter, but Olympiacos had a 2-goal advantage at halftime (6:4). The Croats weren’t able to come back in the second half. Olympiacos, led by Georgios Dervisis (4 goals this evening) increased the margin of their win to 5 (13:8) and replaced Mladost in the 3rd place in the table.
The two Hungarian clubs in Group A disappointed their fans. The third Hungarian team in the Champions League also couldn’t be very happy after the 4th round. Szolnok, the 2017 European champion, faced Spandau in Berlin. Szolnok was a favorite, but the rivals shared the points in the match which offered a lot of twists and turns. Hungarians went 2:0 up after three and a half minutes of play. They had a 6:4 advantage two minutes before the halftime. In the third period, Spandau’s Denis Strelezkij netted three of his 5 goals, to pull the Berliners to an 8:6 lead. Szolnok responded with three goals in a row and went in front again (9:8) in the middle of the last period. A Dutch Lucas Gielen found the net in the 29th minute to secure this season’ first point for Spandau. The game ended in a 9:9 draw.
Jadran Split recorded the first win. The newcomer played against Hannover, the technical host of the Final Eight. The visitors played well in the first half. Jadran was 4:6 down at halftime. After the 5-minute break, the home side hit back hard. Jadran rushed to a 13:8 lead by the middle of the last period. The hosts, led by Ante Viskovic (5 goals) and Boris Popovic (4),
Champions League 208/19, Day 4
Ferencvaros 8:9 Barceloneta
(2:2, 1:3, 4:2, 1:2)
Ferencvaros: Younger 3, Mitrovic 2, Kallay, Vamos, Varga.
Barceloneta: Famera 3, Tahull 3, Bustos, Munnarriz, Fernandez.
Eger 8:11 Brescia
(3:1, 2:4, 1:2, 2:4)
Eger: Vlachopoulos 3, Avramovic 2, Gyafras 2, S. Rasovic.
Brescia: C. Presciutti 3, Figlioli 2, Gallo 2, Rizzo 2, Janovic 2.
Dynamo 14:4 Crvena Zvezda
(2:0, 3:1, 5:2, 4:1)
Dynamo Moscow:Latypov 3, Nagaev 3, Kholod 3, Shepelev 2, Koptsev, Pijetlovic, Lisunov.
Crvena Zvezda: Maksimovic, Vasic, Popovic, M. Radovic.
Pro Recco 19:7 Steaua
(3:3, 6:1, 5:0, 5:3)
Pro Recco: F. Di FUlvio 4, Bukic 3, Molina 2, Aicardi 2, Filipovic 2, Kayes 2, Mandic, Echenique, Figari, Ivovic.
Steua Bucharest: Gheorghe 4, Fulea, Derviankin, Ghiban.
1 Pro Recco (ITA) 4 – 12 (g.d. +29)
2 Barceloneta (ESP) 4 – 12 (+18)
3 Brescia (ITA) 4- 9
4 Ferencvaros Telecom (HUN) 4 – 6 (+6)
5 ZF Eger (HUN) 4 – 6 (-2)
6 Dynamo Moscow (RUS) 4 – 3
7 Steaua Bucharest (ROM) 4 – 0 (-22)
8 Crvena Zvezda (SRB) 4 – 0 (-39)
Olympiacos 13:8 Mladost
(3:0, 3:4, 4:3, 3:1)
Olympiacos: Dervisis 4, Fountoulis 3, Genidounias 3, Mylonakis, Skoupakis, Obradovic.
HAVK Mladost: Milos 3, Radu, Cagalj, F. Lazic, Biljaka, Buljubasic.
Jug 9:8 Sport Management
(3:5, 4:0, 1:2, 1:1)
Jug Dubrovnik: Jokovic 2, Garcia 2, Lozina 2, Merkulov, Benic, Fatovic.
Sport Management: S. Luongo 4, Di Somma 2, Drasovic, Casasola.
Jadran S 15:10 Hannover
(2:3, 2:3, 8:2, 3:2)
Jadran Split: Viskovic 5, B. Popovic 4, Kunac 2, Delic 2, Zovic.
Waspo Hannover: Giorgetti 3, Da. Brguljan 2, A. Radovic 2, Sekulic, Ban, Estrany.
Spandau 9:9 Szolnok
(3:3, 2:3, 3:1, 1:2)
Spandau 04: Strelezekij 5, Dedovic 3, Gielen.
Szolnok: Aleksic 2, Zalnaki 2, Prlainovic, V. Rasovic, Jansik, Dj. Lazic, Kis.
1 Jug (CRO) 4 – 12
2 Sport Management (ITA) 4 – 9
3 Olympiacos (GRE) 4 – 7 (+11)
4 Mladost (CRO) 4 – 7 (-1)
5 Szolnoki Dosza (HUN) 4 – 4
6 Jadran Split (CRO) 4 – 3
7 Waspo Hannover (GER) 4 – 2
8 Spandau 04 (GER) 4 – 1
The 5th round will be played on 19 December.