Champions League

OSC and Jadran dominant in the Champions League Qualification Round 1

Marko Petkovic (Jadran captain) Photo:TeamStrasbourg/facebook

Tournaments of the first qualification round for the 2017/18 Champions League, were ended today. Thirteen water polo teams competed in three groups. Six of them advanced to the second round: OSC Budapest (Hungary), Sintez Kazan (Russia), Mornar Split (Croatia), Glyfada (Greece), Jadran Herceg Novi (Montenegro) and Canottieri Naples (Italy).

Group A (Banja Luka)

OSC and Sintez proved too strong for their opponents in Group A in Banja Luka, the only one in which played five clubs. They had beat all rivals before they played against each other in the last game.

Sintez had a better start in the derby match against OSC. The Russians led 4:1 early in the second quarter. After that, the Hungarians played excellent in defence. They didn’t let a single goal till the end of the third quarter. Before the last eight minutes, OSC was 9:4 up. At the end, the Hungarians were four goals ahead of Sintez – 10:6.

Terrassa (Spain) took the third place, Portuense (Portugal) was fourth. Host Banja Luka (BiH), the youngest team in the group, didn’t manage to gain at least a point in its debut at the European stage.

Group B (Strasbourg)

In Group B in Strasbourg, Montenegrin Jadran and Canottieri (Italy) reached the Round 2 after first two days. Jadran beat Strasbourg by 7:6 and Enka by 17:3. Canottieri opened the competition with a convincing victory against Enka (17:8). On Day 2, the Italians had to fight hard to beat Strasbourg 9:8.

Jadran and Canottieri met in the game for the first place. Fans had expected an exciting game, but Jadran blew away the team from Italy. Cannottieri had a slim lead in the first period (1:0). Montenegrin champions scored six unanswered goals after that and jumped to a 6:1 lead (2.42 before half-time). From that point, there was no way back for Canottieri, which its last goal scored 05:39 before the end (11:7).In the remaining period, Jadran netted seven goals in a row and won 18:7!

The hosts really had bad luck. The players of Strasbourg didn’t qualify for the further competition despite they played very well in all three games. After two defeats by a one-goal margin, they lost all chances to qualify for the second round, but they didn’t lose motives. They beat Enka 14:7 in the last game of the tournament.

Group C (Tel Aviv)

Mornar Split was the first team that reached the second round through the competition in Group C in Tel Aviv. The Croats beat Galatasaray on Day 1 (9:7). On Day 2, Mornar achieved a narrow victory against Glyfada – 10:9, despite the Greek squad led 8:7 after the 3rd period and 9:8 in the middle of the last quarter. So, the encounter with host ASA on Day 3 wasn’t important for Mornar, but the Croats didn’t slow down and won 14:3.

The last encounter of the tournament Galatasaray – Glyfada determined the runner-up. Before the last period, rivals were on the same starting point 6:6. The Greeks netted twice in the fourth quarter for an 8:6 victory and for a place in the second round.

ASA, like Banjaluka, ended its first appearance in European club competition, without a single point. The 2017/18 Champions League was a great opportunity for ASA and Banja Luka to gain an experience.

Results and standings

Group A (Banja Luka)

Round 1: Banja Luka – Sintez Kazan 2:25, Portuense – OSC Budapest 3:22.
Round 2: Sintez Kazan – Portuense 21:5, Terrassa – OSC Budapest 5:11.
Round 3: OSC Budapest – Banja Luka 30:2, Portuense – Terrassa 3:14.
Round 4: Banja Luka – Portuense 5:10, Terrassa – Sintez Kazan 4:6.
Round 5: OSC – Sintez 10:6, Banja Luka – Terrassa 7:23.

1. OSC Budapest (Hungary) 4 – 12*
2. Sintez Kazan (Russia) 4 – 9*
3. Terrassa (Spain) 4 – 6
4. Portuense (Portugal) 4 – 3
5. Banja Luka (BiH) 4 – 0

Group B (Strasbourg)

Round 1: Canottieri Naples – Enka Sport 17:8, Jadran Carine Herceg Novi – Strasbourg 7:6.
Round 2: Jadran Carine – Enka Sport 17:3, Canottieri – Strasbourg 9:8.
Round 3: Jadran Carine – Canottieri 18:7, Strasbourg – Enka Sport 14:7.

1. Jadran (Montenegro) 3 – 9*
2. Canottieri (Italy) 3 – 6*
3. Strasbourg (France) 3 – 3
4. Enka Sport (Turkey) 3 – 0

Group C (Tel Aviv)

Round 1: Mornar Split – Galatasaray 7:5, Asa Tel Aviv – ANC Glyfada 5:18.
Round 2: ANC Glyfada – Mornar Split 9:10, Asa Tel Aviv – Galatasaray 7:13.
Round 3: Asa Tel Aviv – Mornar 2:14, ANC Glyfada – Galatasaray 8:6

1. Mornar (Croatia) 3 – 9*
2. Glyfada (Greece) 3 – 6*
3. Galatasaray (Turkey) 3 – 3
4. Asa Tel Aviv (Israel) 3 – 0

* Teams qualified to the Qualification Round 2.

Qualification Round 2 (29 September-1 October 2017)

The draw for the second qualification round was held today. The hosts of the tournaments will be Mladost Zagreb, OSC Budapest, Sabadell and Oradea

Group E (Zagreb)

Mladost Zagreb (Croatia)
ASC Duisburg (Germany)
Spartak Volgograd (Russia)
Jadran Herceg Novi (Montenegro)

Group F (Budapest)

Eger (Hungary)
Marseille (France)
OSC Budapest (Hungary)
Glyfada (Greece)
Canottieri Naples (Italy)

Group G (Sabadell)

Brescia (Italy)
Sabadell (Spain)
UZSC Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Mornar Split (Croatia)

Group H (Oradea)

Vouliagmeni (Greece)
Crvena Zvezda Belgrade (Serbia)
CSM Oradea (Romania)
Sintez Kazan (Russia)

Top two teams from each group will advance to the third round.

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