Only one club earned a big advantage in the first leg of the Qualification round 3 for the 2017/18 Champions League, which was played today. Guests were happier, only one of four home teams managed to defeat a rival. Two visiting teams celebrated victories, while one match was ended without a winner. The final outcome will be known soon.The return matches of the last qualification round will be played on Wednesday.
OSC Budapest is the only one that made a big step toward the Preliminary Round today. The Hungarians beat Spartak in Volgograd and earned a seven-goal advantage.
The Russians started pretty well, they led 3:1, but till the end of the first period, OSC turned around a deficit to a 5:3 lead. The Hungarians controlled the match in the next three periods. They even had an eight-goal advantage (13:5), in the fourth quarter. They won 14:7. OSC water polo players can already start preparing for the Preliminary Round because nobody expects that Spartak can make a miracle in Budapest.
The other Russian club in the third round also suffered a defeat, but it kept a hope alive. Sintez was beaten by Brescia, as a guest, but the Italians didn’t make a big difference. Brescia, that won the 5th place in the 2016/17 Champions League, dominated in the first three quarters. The Italians led 6:3 at halftime. They added two goals in the beginning of the third period (8:3) and kept a five-goal lead until the 27th minute (11:6). Sintez bounced back in the last four minutes, with three goals in a row for the final score (11:9), which gives a hope to both teams.
Marseille (France) and Jadran (Montenegro) fought a neck-to-neck battle. Marseille, which upset rivals in the Qualification Round 2, by winning the first place in the group in Budapest ahead of OSC, was a host of the very interesting match. The French had a lead throughout the first half, but the gap between the sides had never been two goals. Before the third period, Marseille led 4:3. The guests netted twice in a span of 42 seconds in the 19th minute for a 5:4 lead. The Montenegrins jumped to a 7:5 lead in the fourth period. They didn’t keep this advantage, but Marseille didn’t return to equal terms. The guests won 7:6.
The encounter between Red Star (Crvena Zvezda) and Sabadell offered a lot of excitements and turns. The first goal was scored in the 13th minute (0:1 for Sabadell). The guests continued a series and jumped to a 3:0 lead in the middle of the third period. By the end of the third period, they were 4:2 up. The young team from Belgrade, led by the coach Dejan Savic, managed to come back. The Serbs scored three unanswered goals for a 5:4 lead (03:06 remaining on the clock). But, the guests were able for a new turn – 6:5 (0:49 till the end). The big battle wasn’t over after that. Mateja Asanovic hit the target from a counter attack, two seconds before the last buzzer, so the game ended in a 6:6 draw.
2017/18 Champions League, Qualification Round 3, 1st leg
AN Brescia (ITA) 11:9 Sintez Kazan (Rus)
(3:1, 3:2, 4:2, 1:4)
Brescia: Janovic 3, Paskovic 2, Rizzo 2, Muslim, Bertoli, Guerrato.
Sintez: Marzouki 3, Pliskevich, Magomaev, Bugaychuk, Fatahutdinov, Stepanyk, Zakirov.
CN Marseille (Fra) 6:7 Jadran Herceg Novi (MNE)
(3:2, 1:1, 1:3, 1:1)
Marseille: Camarasa 2, Constantin-Bicari, Markovic, Djurdjic, Marion-Vernoux.
Jadran: Merkulov 2, Dj. Radovic 2, Spaic, Draskovic, Gardasevic.
Spartak Volgograd (RUS) 7:14 OSC Budapest (HUN)
(3:5, 1:3, 1:4, 2:2)
Spartak: Chesev 2, Ashaev, Khalturin, Ruday, Kiselev, Agarkov.
OSC: Salamon 3, Erdely 3, Seman 2, Kovacs 2, Hegedus, Dr. Brguljan, Ubovic, Bundschuh.
Crvena Zvezda Belgrade (SRB) 6:6 CN Sabadell (ESP)
(0:0, 0:2, 2:2, 4:2)
Crvena Zvezda: Tanaskovic 2, Asanovic 2, Stojanovic, Njegovan.
Sabadell:Cabanas Pegado 2, Bustos Sanchez 2, Lopez Escribano Jara, Gorria Puga.
The 2nd leg will be played on 18th October.
Dynamo Moskow (Russia)
Waspo 89 Hannover (Germany)
Spartak Volgograd (Russia) or OSC Budapest (Hungary)
AN Brescia (Italy) or Sintez Kazan (Russia)
Pro Recco (Italy)
Spandau 04 (Germany)
Olympic Nice (France)
AZC Alphen (The Netherlands)
Steaua Bucharest (Romania)
CN Marseille (France) or Jadran Herceg Novi (Montenegro)
Crvena zvezda Belgrade (Serbia) or CN Sabadell (Spain)