Champions League

Jug holds off Brescia, Barceloneta wins in Moscow (VIDEO)

Felipe Perrone (Barceloneta) Photo: CNA Barceloneta/Facebook

Two former European champions Jug (four titles – 1981, 2001, 2006 and 2016) and Barceloneta (the winner of the 2014 CHL) achieved victories in the most important matches of Day 10 of the 2017/18 Champions League. Both sides are now very close to the Final Eight. The other today’s games had more or less expected outcomes.

Group A

For the first time this season, Dynamo was defeated in Moscow and lost valuable points  in the race toward F8. The Russians hosted Barceloneta and controlled the match for the first 10 minutes. Dynamo led 2:1. The visiting team dominated the following 15 minutes. Barceloneta scored 6 goals in a row to take a 7:2 lead (65 seconds before the last break) and secured a win (9:5).

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Jug faced Brescia in Dubrovnik. The Italians scored the first goal in the match. By the middle of the second quarter, Jug produced a 5:1 rush for a solid 5:2 advantage which decided an outcome. The Croats maintained a three-goal lead. Thanks to a 10:7 win they climbed into the 3rd place in the table, with two points ahead of Brescia. Fifth-placed Dynamo has 3 points less than Jug.

Olympiacos beat OSC in Athens and stays atop of Group A. The Greek side blew away the visitors in the opening minutes. The hosts were 6:0 up deep into the 2nd period. OSC played better in the second half of the match, but there was no way back for the Hungarian team (10:7).

The encounter between Partizan and Hannover had no importance in the battle for the Final Eight because both clubs are far away from the final tournament. The spectators in Belgrade saw a lot of goals, but they weren’t happy after the match. Hannover celebrated a 15:11 victory.

Group B

Defending champion Szolnok was merciless against last-placed AZC Alphen (17:4)

Another Hungarian club in Group B Eger also achieved a convincing win at home, but it hadn’t an easy task. Eger played against Spandau, that led 4:2 in the 13th minute. The hosts recovered from the early shock. From that point on until the end, Eger held Spandau scoreless. The Hungarians netted six consecutive goals for an 8:4 win. With these three points, Eger kept the 2nd place, while Spandau water polo players didn’t lose chances to reach the Final Eight because their main rival Jadran Herceg Novi wasn’t able to make a surprise in this round.

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Jadran visited Italy. Pro Recco was too strong for the Montenegrin champion. Jadran fought bravely, but Pro Recco built a vital lead in the second period. By halftime, the hosts were 5:1 up. Serb Dusan Mandic, who was born in Montenegro, scored three goals and led Pro Recco to a 10:5 win.

Steaua beat Sabadell in Bucharest. The Romanians led throughout the match, they had a 4-goal lead early in the fourth period, but Sabadell, that came to Bucharest with only 11 players, started climbing back. The Spaniards reduced the gap a minute before the final buzzer (10:9). They couldn’t go further, there were no goals in the remaining time. Steaua collected three points, but it has no big chances to climb into the 4th place. The Romanians will have hard challenges in the following 4 rounds. They will host Pro Recco and Szolnok, while they are going to travel to Herceg Novi and Eger.

2017/18 Champions League, Day 10

Group A

Dynamo Moscow 5:9 Barceloneta
(1:1, 1:2, 1:4, 2:2)

Dynamo: Nagaev 2, Radjen, Kholod, Latypov.
Barceloneta: Munnariz 3, Granados 2, Vrlic 2, Perrone, Mallarach.

Jug 10:7 Brescia
(1:1, 5:2, 1:1, 3:3)

Jug: Loncar 3, Fatovic 2, Jokovic 2, Benic 2, Renzuto.
Brescia: M. Janovic 2, Vukcevic 2, Rizzo, N. presciutti, Bertoli.

Olympiacos 10:7 OSC
(4:0, 3:1, 2:3, 1:3)

Olympiacos: I. Fountuoulis 2, Mourikis 2, Gounas 2, Obradovic, Genidounias, Mylonakis, Dervisis.
OSC: Seman 2, Erdely 2, Ubovic, Gor-Nagy, Randjelovic.

Partizan 11:15 Hannover
(3:2, 2:5, 2:4, 4:4)

Partizan: Lazic 2, Radanovic 2, Manojlovic 2, Radonjic 2, F. Jankovic, Lukic, Vucinic.
Hannover: Da. Brguljan 4, A. Radovic 3, Corusic 2, Winkelhorst 2, Real 2, Jokic, Bukowski.

1.Olympiacos (Greece) 10 – 25
2.Barceloneta (Spain) 10 – 21
3. Jug (Croatia) 10 – 19
4. Brescia (Italy) 10 – 17
5. Dynamo Moscow (Russia) 10 – 16
6. Hannover (Germany) 10 – 9
7. OSC Budapest (Hungary) 10 – 7
8. Partizan (Serbia) 10 – 0

Group B

Pro Recco 10:5 Jadran
(1:1, 4:1, 4:2, 1:1)

Pro Recco: Mandic 3, Di Fulvio 2, Bodegas, F. Filipovic, Echenique, Figari, Ivovic.
Jadran: Draskovic 3, Spaic 2.

Szolnok 17:4 AZC Alphen
(4:1, 6:1, 3:1, 4:1)

Szolnok: Zalanki 4, M. Cuk 3, Younger 3, Batori 2, Mezei 2, Z.Hangay, Fulop, Prlainovic
Alphen: Indjic 2, Miralis, M. Filipovic

Eger 8:4 Spandau 04
(2:2, 1:2, 2:0, 3:0)

Eger: Cuckovic 2, Angyal, S. Rasovic, Avramovic, Hosnyanszky, Kovacs, Harai.

Spandau: Dedovic 3, Pjesivac 1.

Steaua 10:9 Sabadell
(3:2, 3:2, 3:2, 1:3)

Steaua: Delgado 3, Murisic 2, Dj. Filipovic, Chovieanu, Gheorghe, Buljubasic, Vatrai.
Sabadell:S. Canabas Pegado 3, Carrillo Gemar 2, Fenoy Valvedere 2, P. Canabas Pegado, Gallego Vela.

1. Pro Recco (Italy) 10 – 27
2. Eger (Hungary) 10 – 22
3. Szolnok (Hungary) 10 – 21
4. Sandau 04 (Germany) 10 – 18
5. Jadran Herceg Novi (Montenegro) 10 – 13
6. Steaua Bucharest (Romania) 10 – 12
7. Sabadell (Spain) 10 – 6
8. AZC Alphen (Netherlands) 10 – 0

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