LEN Euro Cup action is back and what a night it has been! All four quarterfinal games were dramatical and it will be interesting to see what’s going to happen in the second legs.
This time we had two local derbies- Montenegrin and French. Jadran Herceg Novi beat Primorac in Budva – 11:9 to claim a break in the first leg against the biggest rival.
Primorac water polo players had the lead throughout the first three-quarters, a couple of times it was plus two, but Jadran played an amazing fourth quarter to prove that they are the favorite in this duel.
Primorac led 8:6 at the beginning of the last quarter, but was followed by a 4:0 series of the Vladimir Gojkovic’s team, which announced a triumph. Draskovic opened this series, then scored one more, and also Popadic and Gardasevic found the net.
The other local quarterfinal derby was played in Strasbourg where the home team beat Marseille water polo club 9:7.
Strasbourg water polo club opened the game with a good performance from Marko Bratic in the first period in which he scores two goals. In the second quarter the home team found the net three times in a row to take a 6:3 lead and at that moment it seemed Strasbourg was on a winning path.
But, in the second half, the home team was stopped by Marseille’s tough defense. In the last quarter, three and a half minutes before the end of the game, Michal Izdinsky scored and Marseille cut the deficit to a single goal (8:7), but Babic then secured a win for Strasbourg.
It was also exciting in Spain where Terrassa managed to get a draw against OSC Budapest (9:9).
The Hungarian team controlled most of the game, but in the last quarter, Terrassa managed to come back to life. Barroso, Gallego and De la Fuente scored three in a row to give Spaniards an 8:7 lead.
OSC then answered furiously. Drasko Brguljan equalized, while Sava Randjelovic gave them a 9:8 lead 28 seconds before the final whistle. However, Ivan Gallego was quicker and equalized five seconds before the end of the game.
In Italy, Vouliagmeni managed to win against Ortigia 8:7 in a game which was decided by a goal from Christos Afroudakis with three minutes to go.
Unfortunately for Ortigia, they couldn’t win a match in which they had a lead in the first three quarters.
Quarterfinals, first matches
Ortigia 7:8 Vouliagmeni
(2:2, 1:1, 3:3, 1:2)
Ortigia: Vapenski 2, Espanol Lifante 2, Napolitano, Farmer, Jelača
Vouliagmeni: Basic 2, Kalogeropoulos, Gkiouvetsis, Afroudakis, Buha, Pontikeas, Tigkas
Strasbourg 9:7 Marseille
(3:2, 5:2, 0:1, 1:2)
Strasbourg: Jablonski 3, Babic 2, Markovic 2, Bratic 2
Marseille: Vanpeperstraete 2, Izdinsky, Kimbell, Vernoux, Kovacevic, Camarasa
Primorac 9:11 Jadran
(2:1, 2:3, 3:2, 2:5)
Primorac: Matkovic 4, Krijestorac 3, Ivankovic 2
Jadran: Draskovic 2, Petkovic 2, Popadic 2, Obradovic, Banicevic, Averka, Mijuskovic, Gardasevic
Terrassa 9:9 OSC
(2:1, 0:2, 3:3, 4:3)
Terrassa: Barroso 5, Gallego 3, Mora, De la Fuente
OSC: Harai 3, Salamon 2, Brguljan 2, Randjelovic, Erdelyi