The 8th round of the Champions League saw two big derbies, two surprises and a lot of ups and downs in the standings in both groups. Olympiacos had been the only unbeaten team till today, but the Greeks returned home from Dubrovnik empty-handed. Title-holder Szolnok lost its third game this season. Today, it didn’t manage to beat its Hungarian arch-rival, Eger, just like two weeks ago. The outcome of the all-Hungarian battle makes Pro Recco happier. Let’s see what happened today.
The big game of the day in Group A was played in Dubrovnik, where Jug hosted Olympiacos and took a revenge for a defeat in Athens in the previous round (6:8). Jug, boosted by left-handed Maro Jokovic, built a crucial advantage till the middle of the third quarter (8:4). The Greeks managed to reduce the gap twice in the fourth period (8:7 and 9:8), but they didn’t do anything more. Jug won 10:8 and ended the unbeaten run of the Greek team. Despite the loss, Olympiacos holds the first place, while Jug saved nice chances to reach the Final Eight.
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After 5 straight defeats, OSC Budapest made a surprise in Moscow, against Dynamo, which defeated the Hungarians (10:5) in the 7th round. Today, the rivals shared the points. OSC led 5:2 early in the third quarter. Dynamo responded with a 4:0 series and turned around a big deficit to a slim advantage (6:5). Dynamo was 7:6 up, but OSC levelled the score on 7:7 two minutes and 15 seconds before the end. The Hungarians had a 6 on 5 in the last 16 seconds, but the Russians managed to save a point. This draw doesn’t mean a lot for OSC, but Dynamo lost valuable two points.
As expected, Brescia collected all three points in Belgrade, but the Italians didn’t have an easy task against the young team of Partizan. Two sides fought a tough battle in the first two quarters. Brescia led 2:1 at halftime, thanks to Mladjan Janovic’s goal scored 3 seconds before the end of the first half. The Italians added three goals in a row in the first four minutes of the 3rd period for a 5:1 lead. Partizan couldn’t come back anymore. The visiting team won 8:3 and jumped into the second place of the table, with three points behind Olympiacos.
Barceloneta beat Hannover in Germany. In the middle of the third period, the Germans were 5:7 down, but the Spaniards stunned Hannover with a 6:0 rush till the 26th minute, went on 13:5 up and secured a win (13:7).
In Group B, all eyes were on a Hungarian derby in Eger. Two weeks ago, Eger water polo players, as the visitors, beat title-holder Szolnok (11:10). Today, they earned three points in their pool, but more convincingly than in Szolnok. Eger dominated the first half. At halftime, it was 4:1 up. Szolnok its only goal scored from a penalty (Prlainovic early in the second period). After the scoreless third quarter, Eger jumped to a 5:1 lead and there was no way back for Szolnok (6:3). Eger climbed into the second place, while Szolnok fell into the third. In the next round, Szolnok will host Jadran. That will be a “must-win” match for the title-holders.
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Pro Recco controlled the match against Spandau and beat the Germans with ease (12:4). The Italians are now lonely atop of Group B with five points more than 2nd-placed Eger.
The upset of the day came in Herceg Novi, where Sabadell defeated Jadran in the match with a lot of twists and turns. The Spaniards had a lot of problems with injuries before the match.Their coach Gomes had only 10 players in the team. Sabadell was 1:3 down after the first quarter and it trailed 5:6 before the last period. Despite all problems, the visitors won 8:7, but they are still far away from the Final Eight.
Steaua Bucharest beat AZC Alphen once more, but not so convincingly like two weeks ago in The Netherlands. Today, the Romanians achieved a 9:8 win this evening.
2017/18 Champions League, 8th round
Jug 10:8 Olympiacos
(4:2, 2:1, 2:3, 2:2)
Jug: Jokovic 3, Garcia 2, V. Rasovic, Pavlicevic, Lozina.
Olympiacos: Buslje 2, Fountoulis 2, Nikolaidis, Argyrpoulos, Obradovic.
Partizan 3:8 Brescia
(1:1, 0:1, 1:3, 1:3)
Partizan: Radanovic 2, Andrejevic 1.
Brescia: JAnovic 2, Paskovic 2, C. Presciutti, N. Presciutti, Bertoli, Vukcevic.
Dynamo 7:7 OSC
(1:2, 1:1, 2:2, 3:2)
Dynamo:Ivankov 2, Subotic 2, Kholod 2, Pijetlovic.
OSC: Seman 2, Ubovic, Randjelovic, G. Kovacs, Erdelyi.
Hannover 7:13 Barceloneta
(2:4, 2:5, 0:3, 2:1)
Waspo Hannover: A. Radovic 3, Da. Brguljan 2, Corusic, Estrany.
CNA Barceloneta: Granados 3, Munarriz 3, Vrlic3, Perrone 2, Larumbe, F. Fernandez, Mallarach.
1. Olympiacos (Greece) 8 – 19
2. Brescia (Italy) 8 – 16
3. Barceloneta (Spain) 8 – 15
4. Dynamo Moscow (Russia) 8 – 15
5. Jug Dubrovnik (Croatia) 8 – 13
6. OSC Budapest (Hungary) 8 – 7
7. Waspo Hannover (Germany) 8 – 6
8. Partizan (Serbia) 8 – 0
Pro Recco 12:4 Spandau
(4:1, 2:1, 2:1, 4:1)
Pro Recco: F. Di Fulvio 4, Molina 2, F. Filipovic 2, Echenique 2, Bruni, Ivovic.
Spandau 04: Negrean, Dedovic, Stamm, Restovic.
Eger 6:3 Szolnok
(1:0, 3:1, 0:0, 2:2)
Eger: Vlachopoulos 2, S. Rasovic, Decker, Cuckovic, Bedo.
Szolnoki VSK: Zalnaki 2, Prlainovic.
Jadran HN 7:8 Sabadell
(3:1, 0:3, 3:1, 1:3)
Jadran Herceg Novi: Ukropina 2, Merkulov 2 Krijestorac, Gardasevic, Petkovic.
Sabadell: S. Cabanas Pegado 3, Carillo Gemar, Matoso, Bustos Sanchez, Carrasco.
Steaua 9:8 AZC Alphen
(4:1, 1:3, 2:2, 2:2)
Steaua: Murisic 3, Radoi 2, Dj. Filipovic, Gheorhe, Ghiban, Delgado.
AZC Alphen: Mandolini 4, Miralis, Indjic.
1. Pro Recco (Italy) 8 – 21
2. Eger (Hungary) 8 – 16
3. Szolnok (Hungary) 8 – 15
4. Spandau 04 (Germany) 8 – 15
5. Jadran (Montenegro) 8 – 13
6. Steaua (Romania) 8 – 9
7. Sabadell (Spain) 8 – 6
8. AZC Alphen (The Netherlands) 8 – 0