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Marseille clinches 37th title in France

France water polo national championship
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Water polo club Marseille is the champion of France again! It was their 37th title of national champion and third in a row. Marseille won the title on aggregate after two games against Strasbourg in the final series of Pro A league.

Marseille won the first match at home 10:5, while in the second leg Strasbourg was better at its own swimming pool – 8:5.

Heavily beaten in Marseille, the Alsatians had a too big a deficit to overcome in the second game. But, Strasbourg water polo players gave everything they had and finished the season in a proud way.

At this moment Marseille is simply a better team.

And thanks to that fact visitors managed to scrape a defeat which leads them to another championship title. Well served by Bratic, Denux was the first to find the net in this game, but Markovic scored two goals to give visitors the lead.

DECISIVE THIRD QUARTER

Just before the first buzzer, Bratic equalized, but in the second period, Marseille once again took the lead. But after that, Igor Racunica’s men put Marseille under pressure. Bratic scored twice, Jablonski and Babic once and Strasbourg found themselves leading 6-3 at the half-time.

Everything was decided in the third quarter. The winner of the regular season had several situations of numerical superiority to approach the five goals gap. However, Hovhannisyan stood out in front of the goal and Markovic scored another for Marseille to came back to 6:4.

When Camarassa scored fifth goal Marseille before the end of the third period. Strasbourg was brave, managed to find the net two times in a row, but that was enough just for a 8:5 win.

In the first leg, Marseille made a big step towards the title. The Alsatians did not have enough power to match the home team and also their coach Racunica was handed a red card after arguing with the referees.

Finals

Game 1
Saturday, May 27

Marseille – Strasbourg 10:5 (2:1, 4:1, 2:2, 2:1)

Game 2
Saturday, June 3:

Strasbourg – Marseille 8:5 (2:2, 4:1, 0:1, 2:1)

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