Champions League

Jug and Pro Recco march on, last-gasp goal decides drama in Budapest (VIDEO)

Stefan Mitrovic scored the last goal in the match Ferencvaros - Brescia (Photo: FTC Vizilabda/Facebook)

There  were a lot of exciting matches with thrilling endings on Day 7 of the Champions League, but the biggest favorites didn’t make mistakes. Pro Recco and Jug continued to march on. The Italian and the Croatian champion recorded convincing wins. Both teams still have perfect record – 7 of 7.

Pro Recco didn’t have a too hard task, while Jug dominated in the clash with title-holder Olympiacos.

Other matches offered a lot of thrills, two games were decided by a goal, while one clash was ended in a draw.

Group A

The Day 7 was opened by a clash of Ferencvaros and Brescia, held in Budapest. This game was the highlight of the Day in Group B, as both teams are in the race for the F8 berths. Ferencvaros, the LEN Super Cup winner, led for most of the time. The hosts had a 2-goal advantage early in the third quarter (6:4). The Italians answered strongly. Brescia scored four goals in a row and turned a deficit to an 8:6 lead in the middle of the last period. The big drama was decided in the last minute. Kallay netted for 7:8 with 45 seconds remaining on the clock. It seemed that Brescia would bring home all three points, but Stefan Mitrovic netted an equalizer in the last second – 8:8. The difference between two teams is still a point. Brescia holds the third place, ahead of Ferencvaros.

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Pro Recco earned a 9-goal win in Moscow. The Italians continued its winning series by beating Dynamo 14:5. Pro Recco had a 6:4 advantage at halftime. After the big break, the visitors started rolling and scored six unanswered goals by the 27th minute (12:4). There was no way back for the Russians. Recco, led by an Australian Joseph Kayes (6 goals), controlled the game until the end.

Barceloneta and Eger beat their respective rivals much harder than it was expected.

Barceloneta had to overcome big troubles in the match against Steaua in the home pool, but the Spaniards collected 3 points. Steaua managed to keep up with the favorites for almost three quarters. It stood 7:7 three minutes before the last break. The Spaniards broke the Romanians with three goals in a row for 10:7 and maintained the difference (11:8). Thanks to a draw in Budapest

Eger played against last-placed Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) in Belgrade. The Hungarians were 7:3 up at halftime. But, the hosts started climbing back step-by-step. They produced a 8:3 series to go in front – 11:10 three and a half minutes before the end. Eger scored two goals in a span of 53 seconds for 12:11, but the home team back the terms on equal in the 31st minute (12:12). Eger’s Adam Decker scored a winner 16 seconds before the final buzzer. The Hungarians won the points (13:12) and saved slim chances to reach the Final Eight, while the Serbs are still with no points. The top scorer was Zvezda’s Dusan Vasic, with 4 goals. Eger was boosted by Strahinja Rasovic, who won 2013 Champions League as a Crvena Zvezda’s player, and Tamas Gyafras. They scored 3 goals each.

Group B

The big match of the Day 7 in group B was a clash of reigning and 2015 European champion. Title-holder Olympiacos visited Dubrovnik to face group-leader Jug. But, the spectators didn’t saw a close battle, as Jug posted a convincing win and maintained its clean sheet. The Greeks led 4:3 in the 12th minute. From that point on, Jug dominated. The hosts built a big 9:4 lead by the last break. Olympiacos players couldn’t hit the back of the net for 16:10 minutes. Mylonakis scored for 5:9 in the middle of the last period. In the remaining time, Jug maintained a nice 4-goal gap for a 10:6 victory. The best scorers were Jug’s Maro Jokovic and Hrvoje Benic (3 goals each)

After a not so well series (1 win, 3 ties and 2 losses), Szolnok finally recorded a win in an important game. The 2017 European champion hosted Mladost Zagreb, the Regional League-leader. The Hungarians grabbed a early 3:0 lead. Two goals, one on each side, were scored in the last 31 seconds of the 1st period, so Szolnok was 4:1 up before the 2nd quarter. The home team had a 6:1 advantage before Mladost started coming back. At halftime, the Croats were 4:6 down. Mladost trailed 6:7 in the middle of the 3rd quarter. Szolnok answered with three consecutive goals for a 10:6 advantage with 04:18 remaining on the clock. Mladost couldn’t come back once more. Szolnok recorded a 11:8 win and climbed into the 4th place, ahead of Mladost.

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Sport Management defeated Jadran Split. The Italians, the hosts in the match, had a big headaches, before collecting points. Jadran stunned Sport Management and took a 5:3 advantage at the first break. The home team needed a lot of time to catch the Croats. Sport Management equalized deep into the third period (7:7), but before the final eight minutes, the visitors were in front (8:7). Sport Management tightened its defence in the last period. The Italians didn’t let a single goal in the fourth quarter. The hosts equalized early in the fourth (8:8). Luca Damonte hit the back of the net, with 69 second to go, for Sport Management’s first lead and for the final score – 9:8. After this win and Olympiacos’s loss in Dubrovnik, the gap between 2nd-placed Sport Management and 3rd-placed Olympiacos is 5 points.

Spandau defeated Hannover (15:9) in all-German battle. Hannover, which is already qualified for the F8 as a technical host , still waits for its first win in the season.

2018/19 Champions League, Day 7

Group A

Ferencvaros 8:8 Brescia
(3:2, 2:2, 1:2, 2:2)

Ferencvaros Telekom Budapest: Vamos 3, Younger 2, S. Mitrovic, Kallay, Pohl.
AN Brescia: Figlioli 3, C. Presciutti 2, N. Presciutti 2, Vukcevic.

Dynamo 5:14 Pro Recco
(2:3, 2:3, 0:4, 1:4)

Dynamo Moscow: Nagaev 2, Bychkov, Kholod, Lisunov.
Pro Recco: Kayes 6, Mandic 2, Aicardi 2, Filipovic, Echenique, Molina, F. Di Fulvio.

Barceloneta 11:8 Steaua
(3:2, 4:3, 1:2, 3:1)

CNA Barceloneta: Perrone 3, Mallarach 2, Famera, Munarriz, Vrlic, Larumbe, Tahull, Bustos.
Steaua Bucharest: Marinic Kragic 4, Gheorghe 2, Prioteasa, Kapotsis.

Crvena Zvezda 12:13 Eger
(1:3, 2:4, 5:3, 4:3)

Crvena Zvezda: Vasic 4, Maksimovic 3, Sulc 2, Tankosic, Bursac, Bitadze.

Eger: S. Rasovic 3, Gyafras 3, Hosnyanszky 2, Decker 2, Vlachopoulos 2, Murisic.


1 Pro Recco (ITA) 7 – 21
2 Barceloneta (ESP) 7 – 16
3 Brescia (ITA) 7 – 14
4 Ferencvaros Telekom Budapest (HUN) 7 – 13
5 ZF Eger (HUN) 7 – 9
6 Dynamo Moscow (RUS) 7 – 6
7 Steaua Bucharest (ROM) 7 – 3
8 Crvena Zvezda (SRB) 7 – 0

Group B

Jug 10:6 Olympiacos
(2:3, 4:1, 3:0, 1:2)

Jug Dubrovnik: Jokovic 3, Benic 3, Fatovic, Garcia, Lozina, Merkulov.
Olympiacos: Mylonakis, Genidounias, Fountoulis, Dervisis, Buslje, Gounas.

Szolnok 11:8 Mladost
(4:1, 2:3, 2:2, 3:2)

Szolnok VSK: Zalnaki 3, Batori 2, Aleksic 2, Kis 2, V. Rasovic, Lazic.
HAVK Mladost: Mi. Cuk 3, Radu 2, Milos 2, A. Petkovic.

Sport Management 9:8 Jadran S
(3:5, 2:1, 2:2, 2:0)

Bpm Sport Management: Luongo 3, Drasovic 2, Damonte 2, Dolce, Fondelli.
Jadran Split: Viskovic 3, Milradovic 2, Delic, Power, Popovic.

Spandau 04 15:9 Hannover
(5:3, 4:3, 4:2, 2:1)

Spandau 04: Dedovic 3, Stamm 3, Negrean 3, Restovic 2, Gielen, Ma. Cuk, Juengling, Reibel.
Waspo Hannover: Da. Brguljan 2, Winkelhorst 2, Corusic, Real, A. Radovic, Jokic, Preuss.

1 Jug Dubrovnik (CRO) 7 – 21
2 Sport Management (ITA) 7 – 16
3 Olympiacos Pireaus (GRE) 7 – 11
4 Szolnoki Dosza (HUN) 7 – 9
5 HAVK Mladost (CRO) 7 – 9
6 Spandau 04 (GER) 7 – 7
7 Jadran Split (CRO) 7 – 3
8 Waspo Hannover (GER) 7 – 3

The 8th round will be played on February 6th.

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