Champions League

Olympiacos continues unbeaten run, Spandau follows Recco and Szolnok

Aleksandar Ivovic (Pro Recco)

The fifth round of the Champions League saw four convincing wins and four encounters that offered a lot of excitements. After the 5th round, only one club remains undefeated, while two teams still have no points

A group

Olympiacos continued its unbeaten run (4 wins and a draw). The Greeks collected all three points in Budapest, where they faced OSC. The visiting team secured a victory in the middle of the match. OSC managed to follow Olympiacos for 12 minutes. Olympiacos water polo players scored five goals in a row from 14th till 20th minute and earned an 8:3 lead. There was no way back for OSC (10:6).

As expected, a match in Barcelona was a hard-fought battle. Barceloneta hosted Dynamo, which controlled the match in the first two quarters. The team from Moscow led 3:0 in the 5th minute, while it has a 5:3 advantage at halftime. Barceloneta for the first time went ahead 36 seconds before the last break (6:5).

In the fourth period, the best scorer of the match Nikolay Lazarev (4 goals) netted twice in a span of 43 seconds and Dynamo had a lead again (7:6). Munnariz levelled the score very soon (7:7). There were no goals in the last four minutes and one of the highlights of the evening in Group A ended in a draw.

An encounter between Brescia and Jug also offered a lot of drama. Brescia led for most of the time. Before the last eight minutes, the Italians were 7:6 up. Renzuto Iodice levelled the score early in the fourth (7:7). Then started a thriller. Brescia was 8:7 up, but Iodice levelled once more (8:8). In a dramatic ending, Nora converted a man-up securing Brescia its third win in 2017/18 Champions League.

Hannover defeated Partizan. The young side from Belgrade wasn’t able for a surprise, so the German team beat it with ease (16:6). The best scorer, with 6 goals, was Aleksandar Radovic, the Montenegrin who played for Partizan in the 2010/11 season when the team from Belgrade won the title in the Champions League. At that time a lot of players of this season’s Partizan team were in U15 and younger squads of the club.

B group

After the win against Szolnok three weeks ago, Spandau beat another big Hungarian club. The Germans were better than Eger, in an encounter which ended with the same result as the match Spandau – Szolnok (10:9). Eger rushed to a 3:0 lead in the first four minutes. The visiting team had a 7:5 advantage in the 2nd quarter, but Spandau managed to come back and to equalise by half-time (7:7). The hosts added two more goals in the third period for a 9:7 lead, while they went 10:7 up in the second minute of the last period. In the remaining time, Eger couldn’t do anything more than reducing the margin (10:9).

Spandau is still equalled with Szolnok and Pro Recco. All three teams have 12 points apiece.

Szolnok did a clean job against  Alphen in The Netherlands. The title-holder beat the newcomer with an 11-goal margin – 16:7.

Pro Recco water polo players didn’t leave any chance to Jadran in Herceg Novi. The home side was the only unbeaten team in this group before Day 5, but it wasn’t able to surprise today. Pro Recco earned an 8:3 lead till the last period. In the fourth quarter, Pro Recco, led by the former star of Jadran Aleksandar Ivovic and Francesco Di Fulvio (4 goals each), demolished the hosts for a 15:5 win.

It should be mentioned that Stefano Tempesti, a legendary Pro Recco goalkeeper, played for the first time in 2017/18 Champions League.

Steaua Bucharest achieved the first win in its first season in the Champions League. The Romanians defeated Sabadell, as guests in a thriller finish. Steaua dominated the first half. The visiting team led 3:0 and 5:1.

But Sabadell reduced its deficit step-by-step and managed to equalise early in the last period (8:8). Steaua earned a new two-goal lead in the 27th minute (10:8).Fenoy Valvedere found the back of the net twice for 10:10. Adria Baches Delgado, Brazilian who was born in Spain, was a hero of the big thriller. An experienced Steaua player scored his only goal of the evening nine seconds before the final buzzer for visitors’ big joy and first points – 11:10.

2017/18 Champions League, Day 5

Group A

OSC 6:10 Olympiacos
(2:3, 1:2, 2:4, 1:1)

OSC: Salamon 3, Seman, Erdely, Bundschuh.
Olympiacos: Genidounias 3, Fountoulis 2, Gounas 2, Nikolaidis, Mourikis, Obradovic.

Hannover 16:6 Partizan
(5:2, 4:0, 4:2, 3:2)

Waspo Hannover: A. Radovic 6, Da. Brguljan 3, Real 3, Bukowski 2, Jokic 2.
Partizan: Vucinic 2, Andrejevic 2, . Jankovic, Lazic.

Barceloneta 7:7 Dynamo
(1:3, 2:2, 3:0, 1:2)

Barceloneta:Munarriz 3, Mallarach 3, Perrone.
Dynamo Moscow: Lazarev 4, Nagaev 2, Latypov.

Brescia 9:8 Jug
(2:2, 4:1, 1:3, 2:2)

AN Brescia:Janovic 3, Nora 2, Rizzo 2, Vukcevic, C. Presciutti.
Jug: Renzuto Iodice 3, Fatovic 2, Jokovic, Garcia, Pavlicevic.

1. Olympiacos (GRE) 5 – 13
2. Dynamo Moscow (RUS) 5 – 10
3. Brescia (ITA) 5 – 9
4. Jug (CRO) 5 – 7
5. Barceloneta (ESP) 5 – 6
6. Waspo Hannover (GER) 5 – 6
7. OSC Budapest (HUN) 5 – 6
8. Partizan (SRB) 5 – 0

Group B

Spandau 10:9 Eger
(3:4, 4:3, 2:0, 1:2)

Spandau 04: Reibel 3, Negrean 2, Stamm 2, Dedovic, Pjesivac, Gielen.
Eger: Harai 3, Vlachopoulos 2, S. Rasovic, Hosnzanszsky, Kovacs,

Jadran 5:15 Pro Recco
(2:3, 0:2, 1:3, 2:7)

Jadran Herceg Novi:Ukropina, Krijestorac, Merkulov, Gardasevic, Petkovic.
Pro Recco: Di Fulvio 4, Ivovic 4, Mandic 2, Molina, Echenique, Alesiani, Filipovic, Aicardi.

Alphen 6:17 Szolnok
(1:4, 4:5, 1:5, 0:3)

AZC Alphen: Indjic 2, M. Filipovic 2, Van Mil, Coric
Szolnok: Younger 4, Prlainovic 3, Aleksic 3, Jansik 2, Mi. Cuk, G. Kis, Fulop, Batori, Hangay.


Sabadell 10:11 Steaua
(0:3, 4:4, 3:1, 3:3)

Sabadell: Fenoy Valverde 3, Carrasco 2, Carillo Gemar 2, Matoso, Lopez Escribano, Gallego.
Steaua: Gheorghe 3, Buljubasic 3, Murisic 2, Dj. Filipovic, Chovieanu, Delgado.

1. Pro Recco (ITA) 5 – 12
2. Szolnok (HUN) 5 – 12
3. Spandau 04 (GER) 5 – 12
4. Jadran (MNE) 5 – 10
5. Eger (HUN) 5 – 7
6. Steaua Bucharest (ROM) 5 – 3
7. Sabadell (ESP) 5 – 3
8. Alphen (NED) 5 – 0

The 6th round of the Champions League will be played on 13th January

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