Champions League

Jug and Pro Recco strongly enter the new year (VIDEO)

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The big games of Day 5 of the 2018/19 Champions League were played in Barcelona and Szolnok. Both matches offered a lot of thrills. Pro Recco beat Barceloneta in the derby of Group A, while Olympiacos and Szolnok shared the points in Group B.

This was the last round in 2018. Jug, which downed Hannover today, and Pro Recco will enter the new year atop of their respective groups. The Italian giant and the Croats managed to make 5/5. Both collected all 15 points.

Group A

Barceloneta and Pro Recco had four wins each before the 5th round. Water polo fans expected a lot of the clash of two unbeaten sides. They shouldn’t be disappointed after this big match. Barceloneta started pretty well. The Spaniards gained a 2:0 lead. But, Pro Recco produced a 5:0 rush by the first break. The Italians continued to dominate in the second quarter. Pro Recco was 10:4 up at halftime. The home team came back in style. Barceloneta ruled the field in the 3rd period and they reduced the gap to 1 (10:11) before the 4th quarter. Barceloneta was one goal behind the visitors in the 26th minute (11:12), but the home team ran out of gas in the last 6 minutes. The Italians, led by an Australian Joseph Kayes (4 goals this evening), made a 3:0 series until the end for an important 15:11 win.

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Brescia caught up Barceloneta in points, as it managed to defeat Dynamo. The Russians were able to stay close for the first two periods. The Italians, the hosts in this match, had a slim 6:5 advantage at halftime. Brescia opened the 3rd period with two goals and earned a 3-goal lead for the first time (8:5). It proved vital in the Italians’ win, as they managed to control the match until the end (10:8).

The Super Cup winner Ferencvaros convincingly beat Eger in the all-Hungarian battle in Budapest. Ferencvaros built a 4:1 lead deep into the 1st period. The hosts were 5:2 up before the 2nd quarter. Eger started climbing back and came close (5:6) in the 15th minute. Ferencvaros’ players found the net in two consecutive attacks in the last minute of the quarter and went 8:5 ahead. The visitors couldn’t find their way back in the second half of the game. Ferencvaros cruised to a 16:7 win. This was the 4th encounter between Ferencvaros and Eger this season. Each time Ferencvaros have defeated Eger at least by three goals.

Steaua earned its first points by defeating Crvena Zvezda, which remains in the bottom of the table, as the only side with no points in this season. The score was 1:1 in the middle of the second quarter, but the Romanians scored eight goals in a row for an 8:1 advantage in the middle of the last period and decided everything. The Romanians won 8:3.

Group B

The highlight of Day 5 in Group B was a match between the European champions of the last two seasons. Szolnok, the 2017 champion, hosted title-holder Olympiacos. It was a huge battle with a lot of twists and turns, but neither team had more than a 1-goal advantage. After every quarter the sides were tied (2:2 after the 1st, 4:4 at halftime, and 5:5 before the last eight minutes). Two minutes before the final buzzer the score was 7:7. Fountoulis put Olympiacos in front (7:6) with 1:57 remaining on the clock. Gergo Zalnaki netted two straight goals and Szolnok earned a 9:8 lead eleven seconds from the end. But, the drama wasn’t over yet.

The Greeks’ bench called timeout after Zalnaki’s 2nd goal. Alexandros Gounas netted an equalizer with just 2 seconds to go. The rivals shared the points (9:9). The visitors should be must be more satisfied side, as Olympiacos maintained a 3-points advantage ahead of Szolnok in the table.

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There was no winner in a clash of two candidates for the F8 berths in Zagreb where Mladost and Sport Management faced off. The first two quarters belonged to the Croats. Mladost was 4:2 up at halftime. The visiting side produced a brilliant 4:0 rush to turn around the deficit to a 6:4 lead with three minutes from the end of the 3rd period. Mladost came back with two goals in a span of 17 seconds! But, the Italians earned a new lead thanks to Dolce’s goal 19 seconds from the end of the 3rd quarter for 7:6.

Early in the fourth quarter, Radu equalized (7:7). Both sides had a lot of chances in the remaining time, but there were no goals. Mladost and Sport Management remain tied in the table too. Both teams had 8 points each and they share the 3rd and the 4th place.

The group-leader Jug continued its unbeaten march. The Dubrovnik-based side traveled to Germany to face Hannover. The home team took an early 1:0 lead. Jug struck back hard. The Croats scored 10 unanswered goals and flew to a 10:1 lead early in the 3rd quarter. The hosts couldn’t recover from the shock despite they played well in the second half. Jug beat Hannover with a 7-goal margin (14:7). After this win and the draw in Zagreb, Jug is five points ahead of its closest rival Sport Management.

Spandau recorded its first win this season. The Berliners hosted Jadran Split. The two teams fought a close battle. Spandau collected three points with a 12:11 win and climbed into the 6th place in the table. The 5th-placed Szolnok has just a point more than the Berliners.

Champions League 2018/19, Day 5

Group A

Barceloneta 11:15 Pro Recco
(2:5, 2:5, 6:1, 1:4)

Barceloneta: Munarriz 3, Fernandez 3, Perrone 2, Granados, Vrlic, Larumbe.
Pro Recco: Kayes 4, Di Fulvio 3, Mandic 2, Aicardi 2, Ivovic 2, Echenique, Filipovic.

Ferencvaros 16:9 Eger
(5:2, 3:3, 4:2, 4:2)

Ferencvaros Telekom Budapest: Sedlmayer 4, Kallay 2, Vamos 2, Jaksic 2, Younger 2, Mitrovic 2, Varga, Jansik.
Eger: S. Rasovic 4, Hosnyanszky 2, Murisic, Gyafras, Vlachopoulos.

Brescia 10:8 Dynamo
(2:2, 4:3, 3:1, 1:2)

Brescia: Figlioli 5, Gallo 2, C. Presciutti, Bertoli, Vukcevic.
Dynamo:Lazarev 3, Bychov 2, Pijetlovic, Radjen, Lisunov.

Steaua 8:3 Crvena Zvezda
(0:0, 3:1, 4:0, 1:2)

Steaua Bucharest: Ghiban 2, Marinic – Kragic, Chioveanu, Prioteasa, Kapotsis, Antipa, Cuckovic.
Crvena Zvezda: Bursac, Sulc, M. Radovic.

1 Pro Recco (ITA) 5 – 15
2 Barceloneta (ESP) 5 – 12
3 Brescia (ITA) 5 – 12
4 Ferencvaros (HUN) 5 – 9
5 Eger (HUN) 5 – 6
6 Dynamo (RUS) 5 – 3
7 Steaua (ROM) 5 – 3
8 Crvena zvezda (SRB) 5 – 0

Group B

Szolnok 9:9 Olympiacos
(2:2, 1:1, 1:1, 4:4)

Szolnok VSK: Prlainovic 2, Zalnaki 2, Batori, Aleksic, V. Rasovic, Kis, Teleki.
Olympiacos Pireaus: Genidounias 3, Fountoulis 2, Obradovic 2, Mourikis, Gounas.

Mladost 7:7 Sport Management
(2:2, 2:0, 2:5, 1:0)

HAVK Mladost: Radu 2, Milos 2, A. Petkovic, Viljaka, Buljubasic.
BPM Sport Management: Damonte 2, Fondelli 2, Dolce, Alesiani,Bruni.

Hannover 7:14 Jug
(1:2, 0:7, 4:3, 2:2)

Waspo Hannover: Giorgetti 3, Estrany 2, A. Radovic, Real.
Jug: Jokovic 4, Fatovic 3, Macan 2, Loncar 2, Benic 2, Garcia.

Spandau 12:11 Jadran S
(2:4, 4:2, 3:2, 3:3)

Spandau 04:Ma. Cuk 3, Gielen 2, Dedovic 2, Pjesivac 2, Saudadier, Negrean, Strelezkij.
Jadran Split: Zovic 4, Popovic 2, Kunac, Butic, Power, Viskovic, Delic.

1 Jug Dubrovnik (CRO) 5 -15
2 Sport Management (ITA) 5 – 10
3 Olympiacos (GRE) 5 – 8
4 Mladost (CRO) 5 – 8
5 Szolnok (HUN) 5 – 5
6 Spandau 04 (GER) 5 – 4
7 Jadran Split (CRO) 5 – 3
8 Hannover (GER) 5 – 2

The Champions League will be continued on January 9th.

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