Two big games of the Day 9 in the 2018/19 Champions League, were played in Brescia and Zagreb, but none of the two matches saw a lot of excitements and great battles. Moreover, both games turned into one-sided duels. Brescia demolished Barceloneta, while Jug did a clean job in Zagreb against Mladost.
Pro Recco recorded convincing away win and became the first club which mathematically secured its spot at the Final Eight in Hannover. It’s likely that Jug will join Pro Recco after the next round.
The encounter between Brescia and Barceloneta was one of the crucial matches in the hunt for the 2nd place in Group A. Before the game, Barceloneta had been on the 2nd place, with two points more than 3rd-placed Brescia. The opening minutes offered a big battle. The rivals were tied (3:3) in the 6th minute. The Italians shut out the Spaniards for almost eight minutes, while they did a great job in attack and gained a 7:3 advantage deep into the second quarter. Barceloneta couldn’t recover from that shock. Boosted by Pietro Figlioli (4 goals), Brescia water polo players extended the margin of their win to 6 (14:8) to climb into the 2nd place in the table.
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Len Super Cup winner Ferencvaros had no mercy against bottom-ranked Crvena Zvezda (Red Star). An opening 8:1 blast (8th minute) put the Hungarians on the right track (17:9 in the end).
The group-leader Pro Recco extended its winning streak to the 9th victory. The Italians visited Eger. In the middle of the first period, it stood 2:2 on the scoreboard. From that point, Recco started rolling. The visitors produced a 9:1 rush for an 11:3 lead early in the third quarter, which decided everything. Pro Recco defeated the Hungarians by 9 goals (16:7). The best scorers were Recco’s Dusan Mandic, Aleksandar Ivovic, and Michael Bodegas, who scored three goals apiece.
After the new loss, Eger is four points behind the 4th-placed Ferencvaros.
Steaua and Dynamo faced off in Bucharest. The Romanians controlled the game for a quarter and a half. In the 12th minute, Steaua was 6:3 up. The Russians responded with 4 straight goals and went in front (7:6) early in the third period. Steaua managed to equalize twice (7:7, 8:8). The Moscow-based side built a new 3-goal difference in their first possession in the last quarter (11:8) and maintained the advantage until the end (14:11). The man of the match was Dynamo’s center-forward Dusko Pijetlovic (6 goals).
The big Croatian derby, the encounter between Mladost and Jug, played in Zagreb, was a game with two completely different halves. After the second period, Jug had a slim 3:2 lead. But, after the 5-minute break, the visitors from Dubrovnik ruled the field. Jug killed all excitements and recorded an 11:5 win. Mladost can just dream about its appearance at the Final Eight tournament after this loss. The side from Zagreb is seven points behind Olympiacos and Szolnok, which share 3rd and 4th place. Don’t forget there are only three available F8 spots in this group, as Hannover is already qualified as a technical host.
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Olympiacos downed Jadran in Split. The title-holder had a big 6:0 lead at halftime. There was no way back for the Croats in the second half. The Greeks took points with an 8:3 victory.
Hannover hosted 2017 champion Szolnok. These rivals shared points in the match played in Hungary in January (10:10). This time Szolnok water polo players didn’t let another surprise. They earned a 3:0 advantage early in the 2nd quarter. The Germans came close (2:3). The visitors, pulled by Andrija Pralinovic (6 goals this evening), built a 4-goal difference by the big break (6:2). Szolnok maintained the gap until the final buzzer (13:9).
Sport Management keeps the 2nd place in the group. The Italians had a nightmare in the last round when they were defeated by Jadran in Split. Today, Sport Management didn’t make mistake. It played against Spandau in Berlin. The match offered a lot of twists and turns. The hosts opened the match very well. Spandau grabbed an early 2:0 lead. Sport Management had a 5:4 advantage at halftime. In the middle of the third quarter, Spandau was ahead of the rival (7:6). But, the visitors dominated the last 12 minutes and earned a big 13:8 win.
Champions League 2018/19, Day 9
Brescia 14:8 Barceloneta
(4:3, 3:1, 3:2, 4:2)
Brescia: Figlioli 4, Rizzo 3, C. Presciutti 2, Gallo 2, Nora 2, Muslim.
Barceloneta: Munarriz 3, Perrone 2, Famera, Granados, Fernandez.
Ferencvaros 17:9 Crvena Zvezda
(6:1, 4:2, 5:4, 2:2)
Ferencvaros: Vamos 3, Nemet 2, Nikic 2, Younger 2, De. Varga 2, Gor-Nagy 2, Sedlmayer, Kallay, Jaksic, Jansik.
Crvena Zvezda: Ljubenovic 4, Popovic 2, Maksimovic 2, Bitadze.
Eger 7:16 Pro Recco
(2:5, 1:4, 3:4, 1:3)
Eger: S. Rasovic 2, Decker, Murisic, Gyarfas, B. Toth, B. Biros.
Pro Recco: Mandic 3, Ivovic 3, Bodegas 3, Bukic 2, Kayes 2, Filipovic, F. Di Fulvio, Renzuto Iodice.
Steaua 11:14 Dynamo
(5:3, 1:2, 2:5, 3:4)
Steaua Bucharest: Vatrai 2, Gheorghe, Marinic Kragic, Fulea, Chioveanu , Kapotsis, Cuckovic, Dereviankin, Calin, Tic.
Dynamo Moscow: Pijetlovic 6, Lazarev 4, Suchkov, Latypov, Bychkov, Nagaev.
1 Pro Recco (ITA) 9 – 27
2 Brescia (ITA) 9 – 20
3 Barceloneta (ESP) 9 – 16
4 Ferencvaros (HUN) 9 – 16
5 Eger (HUN) 9 – 12
6 Dynamo (RUS) 9 – 9
7 Steaua (ROM) 9 – 3
8 Crvena Zvezda (SRB) 9 – 0
Spandau 04 8:13 Sport Management
(3:3, 1:2, 3:5, 1:3)
Spandau 04: Saudadier, Negrean, Juengling, Strelezkij, Dedovic, Stamm, Reibel, Restovic.
Sport Management: Mirarchi 4, Damonte 3, Di Somma 2, Valentino 2, Drasovic, Casasola.
Mladost 5:11 Jug
(2:2, 0:1, 1:4, 2:4)
HAVK Mladost: Radu 2, A. Petkovic, Buljubasic, Kharkov.
Jug: Jokovic 3, Zuvela 2, Papanastasiou 2, Fatovic, Loncar, Lozina, Merkulov.
Hannover 9:13 Szolnok
(0:2, 2:4, 3:2, 4:5)
Hannover:Da. Brguljan 3, A. Radovic 3, Real, Giorgetti, Winkelhorst.
Szolnok:Prlainovic 6, Lazic 2, V. Rasovic 2, Batori 2, Kis.
Jadran S 3:8 Olympiacos
(0:2, 0:4, 3:1, 0:1)
Jadran Split: Zovic 2, Milradovic.
Olympiacos: Mourikis 2, Obradovic 2, Skoumpakis, Genidounias, I. Fountoulis, Dervisis.
1 Jug (CRO) 9 – 25
2 Sport Management (ITA) 9 – 19
3 Olympiacos (GRE) 9 – 15
4 Szolnok (HUN) 9 – 15
5 Mladost (CRO) 9 – 8
6 Spandau 04 (GER) 9 – 7
7 Jadran S (CRO) 9 – 6
8 Hannover (GER) 9 – 6