The second half of the Preliminary Competition of the Champions League was opened by the matches of Day 8. The Champions League calendar is like a mirror, so the 8th round offered a kind of return legs of the games played in the 7th round. Several very important encounters were played. After Day 8 Pro Recco remains the only team which have maintained a perfect record, as Jug’s winning streak was ended in Piraeus. The surprise of the day happened in Split, where Jadran downed Sport Management.
Brescia gained an important triumph by beating Ferencvaros much easier than it was expected. Two weeks ago, the teams shared the points (8:8 – Ferencvaros scored two goals in the last 45 seconds). This evening, just three goals were scored in the first and in the second period. Brescia led 2:1 at halftime. The Italians secured the win early in the fourth quarter, when they managed to built a 4-goal gap (7:3). By the end of the game, Brescia expanded the margin of its win to 5 (10:5) and went 4 points ahead of Ferencvaros in the table.
Pro Recco did a clean job against Dynamo Moscow. The Russians fought hardly. They trailed 4:6 in the middle of the third quarter, but they weren’t able to catch the mighty rival. Pro Recco posted a solid 11:6 win.
Two weeks ago, Eger had to overcome big troubles to defeat last-placed Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade (13:12). Today‘s match of the Serbian and the Hungarian team also offered a flood of goals, but Eger dominated for most of the time. Eger went 10:2 up deep into the third quarter. The visitors were persistent, they didn’t give up, but they couldn‘t catch the rival. Eger collected points with a 17:11 victory. The top scorers were two Eger‘s players, who netted 11 goals together – a Greek Vlachopoulos (6 goals) and Norbert Hosnyanszky (5).
As expected, Barceloneta earned all three points visiting Steaua in Bucharest (14:10). The Spaniards were in front from the beginning. Everything was decided three minutes before the last break when they managed to make a 7-goal lead (11:4).
The great clash in Pireaus highlighted the Group B action. Olympiacos and Jug shared the points in a real thriller.
The Greeks had a brilliant start. Led by Konstantinos Genidounias (5 goals this evening) they built a 6:2 advantage in the 14th minute. It seemed that Olympiacos could take revenge for a 6:10 loss in Dubrovnik two weeks ago. But, it the next 16 minutes they scored just a single goal, while Jug players found the net seven times for a nice comeback and a 9:7 advantage. The hosts equalized (9:9). An 18-years-old Marko Zuvela converted a man-up and Jug grabbed a new lead (10:9) 1:21 minute from time. Just 17 seconds before the last buzzer, Genidounias scored an equalizer – 10:10.
Jug didn’t extend its winning streak, but it remained unbeaten and firmly holds the 1st place, while Olympiacos still have a nice chance to secure a spot at the Final Eight.
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Szolnok got back on the right track. Two weeks ago, the 2017 champion defeated Mladost in Szolnok – 11:8. The encounter between Mladost and Szolnok, that took place in Zagreb, was a „full replay“ of the match played in Hungary. Szolnok again beat Mladost 11:8. The Hungarians took an early 2:0 lead, but Mladost went in front in 6th minute (4:3). By the end of the first quarter Szolnok water polo players scored two goals. They added two in the second period for a comfortable 7:4 lead two and a half minutes before halftime. Led by Gergo Zalnaki and a Serb Milan Aleksic (three goals both) Szolnok maintained the difference for a 11:8 win.
Szolnok remains in the race for the Final Eight berths. It shares the third place in the group with Olympiacos. Mladost is 4 points behind the Hungarians and the Greeks.
Olympiacos and Szolnok could be even happier learning the result of the game played in Split where Jadran upset Sport Management 12:9. The outcome isn’t so big surprise, because Sport Management had to fight hard to defeat the Croats in Busto’d Arizio two weeks ago (9:8). These points won’t help Jadran to enter the race for the Final Eight tickets. On the other side, the 2nd-placed Sport Management might enter the “dangerous zone”. Olympiacos and Szolnok are now very close to them. Only three teams from this group will advance to the Final Eight, as Hannover, a technical host, is already qualified for the F8.
The game in Split was a close battle, with a plenty of twist and turns. The hosts were 2:0 up after the first quarter. The Italians scored four unanswered goals to earn their first and the only 2-goal lead (4:2 in the 14th minute). Sport Management entered the last period with a slim 8:7 advantage. But, the Croats stroke back, with four goals in a row for 11:8 with 01:52 remaining on the clock. The gap between the sides remained three until the end (12:9).
Hannover finally, managed to record its first win in the season, by defeating its big German rival Spandau 04. The visitors from Berlin had a 2-goal lead in the middle of the second quarter (4:2). By the last break, Hannover produced a 7:0 rush for a 9:4 advantage, and secured all three points (11:7).
2018/19 Champions League, Day 8
Brescia 10:5 Ferencvaros
(2:1, 0:0, 4:2, 4:2)
AN Brescia: Rizzo 3, Janovic 2, Figlioli 2, Gallo Vukcevic, N. Presciutti.
Ferencvaros Telekom: Kallay 2, Vamos 2, Mitrovic.
Pro Recco 11:6 Dynamo M
(2:2, 3:1, 2:1, 2:1, 4:2)
Pro Recco: Ivovic 2, Echenique 2, F. Di Fulvio 2, Mandic, Molina, Aicardi, Bodegas, Kayes.
Dynamo Moscow: Nagaev 3, Pijetlovic, Latypov, Byckhow.
Steaua 10:14 Barceloneta
(3:5, 1:3, 1:4, 5:2)
Steaua Bucharest: Cuckovic 5, Marinic Kragic 3, Kapotsis, Goanta.
CNA Barceloneta: Famera 3, Munnariz 3, Perrone 3, Mallarach 2, Granados, Vrlic, Tahull.
Eger 17:11 Crvena Zvezda
(6:2, 6:3, 2:4, 6:3)
ZF Eger: Vlachopoulos 6, Hosnyanszky 5, Gyafras 2, S. Rasovic, Decker, Murisic, B. Biros.
Crvena Zvezda: Tankosic 4, Vasic 2, Sulc 2, Bursac, Zezelj.
1 Pro Recco (ITA) 8 – 24
2 Barceloneta (ESO) 8 – 19
3 Brescia (ITA) 8 – 17
4 Ferencvaros (HUN) 8 – 13
5 Eger (HUN) 8 – 12
6 Dynamo (RUS) 8 – 6
7 Steaua (ROM) 8 – 3
8 Crvena Zvezda (SRB) 8 – 0
Mladost 8:11 Szolnok
(4:5, 1:3, 2:2, 1:1)
HAVK Mladost: Radu 2, Milos 2, Mi. Cuk 2, Kharkov, Cagalj.
Szolnok: Aleksic 3, Zalnaki 3, Prlainovic 2, Jansik, V. Rasovic, Kis.
Olympiacos 10:10 Jug
(4:2, 3:2, 0:2, 3:4)
Olympiacos: Genidounias 5, Gounas 2, Argyropoulos 2, Obradovic.
Jug: Papanastasiou 2, Loncar 2, Jukovic 2, Fatovic, Garcia, Merkulov, Zuvela.
Hannover 11:7 Spandau 04
(1:3, 4:1, 4:0, 2:3)
Waspo Hannover: A. Radovic 3, Corusic 2, Real 2, Da. Brguljan, Jokic, Preuss, Sekulic.
Spandau 04: Negrean 2, Juengling 2, Pjesivac 2, Strelezkij.
Jadran S 12:9 Sport Management
(2:0, 3:5, 2:3, 5:1)
Jadran Split: Setka 4, Kovacic 2,Power 2, Milradovic, Kunac, Zovic, Krapic.
Sport Management: E. Di Somma 2, Bruni 2, Dolce, Alesiani, Fondelli, Drasovic, Valentino.
1 Jug Dubrovnik (CRO) 8 – 22
2 Sport Management (ITA) 8 – 16
3 Olympiacos (GRE) 8 – 12
4 Szolnok (HUN) 8 – 12
5 HAVK Mladost (CRO) 8 – 8
6 Spandau 04 (GER) 8 – 7
7 Jadran Split (CRO) 8 – 6
8 Waspo Hannover (GER) 8 – 6