Everything was prepared for a big celebration in Genoa, but Pro Recco, the host of the Champions League Final Eight, didn’t manage to win its 9th European title.
Recco was stunned by Olympiacos, which beat the super-favorite in the final game (9:7) and clinched the winning trophy in the Champions League. This was the 2nd title of the European champion for Olympiacos. The Pireaus-based team its first trophy in the CHL won in 2002. Olympiacos posted 15 wins, 1 draw and suffered 1 loss in this season’s road toward the trophy.
Barceloneta won the bronze medal, Jug took the 4th place. Szolnok finished as 5th, Eger was 6th, while in the match for the 7th place Brescia defeated Spandau 04.
Final: Olympiacos vs. Pro Recco
The Greeks deserved the win. They controlled the game, they led for most of the time. Pro Recco was never in front.
After the battle of two strong defenses, the score at halftime was 4:4. The teams were exchanging goal for goal, but Pro Recco couldn’t go in front. The hosts had a great chance for their first lead 40 seconds from the 5-minute break, but Olympiacos’s goalie Josip Pavic, one of the heroes of the match, saved a penalty shot from Filip Filipovic.
The Greeks brilliantly entered the 3rd quarter. Olympiacos netted two goals in a span of 40 seconds and jumped to a 6:4 lead in the 19th minute. Vladimir Vujasinovic, Recco’s head coach, tried to change the course of the game by replacing a goalkeeper. An experienced captain Stefano Tempesti, who celebrated the 39th birthday today, was replaced by Goran Volarevic, who is two years older than Tempesti. It seemed that was a good decision, but not for long. Recco managed to equalize in the 23rd minute (6:6), but 33 seconds later Genidounias found the net for 7:6.
Ioannis Fountoulis led Olympiacos in the last period. He scored two goals in less than two minutes for a 9:6 lead in the middle of the fourth quarter. Recco reduced the gap on 9:7 with 02:39 remaining on the clock. It was too late. A minute before the last buzzer, Josip Pavic, delivered two saves in 10 seconds. That was the signal for the start of celebration of a few hundreds Olympiacos’s fans. There were no more goals until the end.
Olympiacos 9:7 Pro Recco
(2:1, 2:3, 3:2, 2:1)
Olympiacos: Pavic (15 saves), Mylonakis, Delakas, Genidounias 1, Fountoulis 4, Nikolaidis, Dervisis 1, Buslje 1, Morukis, Gounas 1, Argyropoulos, Obradovic 1, Galanopoulos. Head coach: Vlachos.
Pro Recco: Tempesti (6 saves), Di Fulvio 2, Mandic 1, Alesiani 1, Molina 1, Bodegas, Ivovic 1, Echenique, Figari, Filipovic, Aicardi, Gitto, Volarevic (2 saves).
Extra player shots: Olympiacos 9 (5), Pro Recco 7 (3). Penalties: Pro Recco 1 (0).
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Theodoros Vlachos, head coach, Olympiacos:
“We were preparing for this in the entire season. Our team showed the best of the Greek values, played with heart, enthusiasm and belief. We were composed, we did what we planned to do and finally we could achieve our goal, away from our pool, against a fantastic team as Recco is the favourite for the title in every year. I think today our team effort was better and we deserved this win.”
Vladimir Vujasinovic, head coach, Recco:
“First of all, congratulations to Olympiacos, they played really well today. Above all, Josip Pavic was outstanding, he was the man of the match, made our job extremely difficult, we could barely beat him in the goal. I’m a bit concerned about the number of exclusions on our side as well as on the Greeks’ side, how the fouls were judged.”
Josip Pavic, MVP of the Final Eight:
“This is not about me, individuals never win matches. It is the team which bringing home this trophy, I couldn’t do much without the efforts of our defenders. We played like a team today, that was the key for our win.”
(Quotes source: LEN press release)
Places 3 – 4: Barceloneta vs. Jug
Jug obviously didn’t recover from the loss to Pro Recco in the semifinals, while Barceloneta found the motivation for a battle for a bronze and convincingly defeated the runner-up in the 2017 Champions League. The Spaniards netted four goals in the first five minutes to go 4:0 up. They had a four-goal lead in the second quarter, too (5:1 and 6:2). Jug finally started climbing back late in the first half and reduced the gap to one in the first minute of the 3rd quarter, when Garcia put away a penalty for 6:5. The Spaniards responded with a 6:2 rush by the end of the quarter (12:7). Barceloneta slowed down in the last quarter and earned the bronze medal with a 14:8 victory. Six goals was the largest gap between two sides in the matches of the Final Eight in Genoa.
Barceloneta 14:8 Jug
(4:1, 2:3, 6:3, 2:1)
Barceloneta: Fernandet 4, Famera 2, Munarriz 2, Tahull 2, Perrone, Bustos, Vrlic, Larumbe.
Jug: Garcia Gadea 3, Culina 3, Fatovic, Lozina.
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Places 5 – 6: Eger vs. Szolnok
Eger opened the scoring in the Hungarian derby and led 2:0 early in the second period. Szolnok soon took a control and went ahead (4:3) 2:13 minutes from the last break. From that point on, the 2017 champion was building its lead, which expanded to four at the end of the encounter.
Eger 6:10 Szolnok
(1:0, 1:2, 2:4, 2:4)
Eger: Avramovic 2, Bedo 2, B.Biros, Vlachopoulos.
Szolnok: Mi. Cuk 3, Zalnaki 2, Younger 2, Aleksic, Gocic, Kis.
Places 7 – 8: Spandau vs. Brescia
Spandau was 8:5 up at halftime. A crucial moment came 2:48 minutes before the end of the third period. Spandau’s Remi Saudadier was shown a red card because of brutality. It stood 8:6 at that moment. Brescia played with man-up in the following 4 minutes. The Italians scored 4 unanswered goals in these minutes for an 11:8 lead and there was no way back for the Germans. Brescia posted a 14:10 win
Spandau 04 10:14 Brescia
(4:3, 4:2, 0:5, 2:4)
Spandau 04: Gielen 3, Stamm 3, Saudadier 2, Dedovic, Reibel.
Brescia: Rizzo 5, Paskovic 2, MAnzi 2, C. Presciutti, Guidi, Muslim, Nora, Bertoli.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL EIGHT, GENOA 7-9 JUNE
THURSDAY 7 JUNE
Olympiacos – Spandau 04 6:5
Jug – Szolnok 9:8
Eger – Barceloneta 4:9
Pro Recco – Brescia 12:10 (pso)
FRIDAY 8 JUNE
Semifinal 5 – 8
Spandau 04 – Eger 6:10
Brescia – Szolnok 7:8
Semifinal 1 – 4
Olympiacos – Barceloneta 6:4
Pro Recco – Jug 9:8
SATURDAY 9 JUNE
For places 7-8; Spandau 04 – Brescia 10:14
For places 5-6: Szolnok – Eger 10:6
Bronze medal game: Barceloneta – Jug 14:8
Champions League Final: Olympiacos – Pro Recco 9:7
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