National Teams

Russian favorites with no mistake, Steaua wins in Bucharest derby, Pays d’Aix secures playoffs

Photo: WPC Dynamo Moscow (wpdynamo/Facebook)

The clubs in Spain and Greece had a break last weekend, while the national championships were continued in Russia, Romania, and France. The matches of the national cup were played in Germany.

RUSSIA

The three best Russian clubs won away games. Title-holder Dynamo Moscow visited Saint Petersburg where it trashed Baltika (14:3 in the first and 20:5 in the second match). Spartak Volgograd collected four points in the matches against Dynamo SSHOR (11:8 and 14:7), while Sintez Kazan defeated Shturm 2002 in both games (10:7 and 18:6).

13th weekend

Dynamo SSHOR (Astrakhan Oblast) – Spartak Volgograd 8:11 (0:2, 1:5, 3:2, 4:2)
Dynamo SSHOR (Astrakhan Oblast) – Spartak Volgograd 7:14 (1:4, 1:3, 2:4, 3:3)

Astana (Almaty) – Dynamo COP (Moscow) 7:8 (1:1, 0:1, 3:3, 3:3)
Astana (Almaty) – Dynamo COP (Moscow) 10:8 (0:1, 4:3, 4:4, 2:0)

Baltika (Saint Petersburg) – Dynamo (Moscow) 3:14 (0:1, 1:5, 1:5, 1:3)
Baltika (Saint Petersburg) – Dynamo (Moscow) 5:20 (2:4, 1:6, 1:5, 1:5)

Shturm 2002 (Moscow Oblast) – Sintez (Kazan) 7:10 (1:2, 0:3, 2:1, 4:4)
Shturm 2002 (Moscow Oblast) – Sintez (Kazan) 8:16 (2:4, 1:6, 1:5, 1:5)

1 Dynamo Moscow 26 – 48
2 Spartak Volgograd 26 – 41
3 Sintez Kazan 26 – 40
4 Dynamo SSHOR 26 – 27
5 Baltika 26 – 17
6 Astana 26 – 16
7 Dynamo COP 26 – 9
8 Shturm 2002 26 – 8

GERMANY

The German clubs played the quarterfinal matches of the national Cup last weekend. Spandau 04, Waspo 98 Hannover, White Sharks Hannover, and ASC Duisburg advanced to the Final Four, which will be held in Dusseldorf in May.

The most interesting match was an encounter between Ludwigsburg and ASC Duisburg. Ludwigsburg, the home team, jumped to a 6:2 lead early in the second quarter. Deep into the third quarter, the hosts were 8:6 up. Than, ASC Duisburg started coming back. The visitors scored five straight goals to earn a 3-goal advantage (11:8) with 3:19 minutes remaining on the clock, which decided everything. ASC Duisburg recorded a 12:8 victory.

Spandau 04 did a clean job against Bayer Uerdingen (19:4). Waspo 98 Hannover, that won the 2018 German Cup, showed no mercy to OSC Potsdam (19:8). White Sharks from Hannover defeated Laazten 15:5, thanks to an outstanding play in the second half. After the first quarter, it was 4:4.

German Cup, quarterfinals

SV Bayer Uerdingen 08 – Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 4:19 (0:3, 1:3, 1:6, 1:7)
Waspo 98 Hannover – OSC Potsdam 19:8 (4:3, 3:2, 5:1, 7:2)
SpVg Laatzen – White Sharks Hannover 5:15 (0:2, 4:2, 1:6, 0:5)
SV Ludwigsburg – ASC Duisburg 10:12 (5:2, 1:1, 2:5, 2:4)

FRANCE

Pays d’Aix became the third club which secured its spot in the playoffs of the French Championship. Pays d’Aix defeated Olympic Nice in the match of the 14th day of the league – 11:7 and secured at least the 3rd place. The hero of the win was Ruben de Lera, who scored seven goals, as well as all players from Nice together.

Title-holder Strasbourg and Marseille have secured the playoffs earlier. Montpellier, Tourcoing and Noisy le Sec are in the hunt for the last available spot in the playoffs.

14th round

Team Strasbourg – Sete Natation EDD 13:6 (4:1, 3:2, 4:1, 2:2)
Montpellier WP – FNC Douai 13:10 (2:1, 4:2, 4:4, 3:3)
Pays d’Aix Natation – Olympic. Nice Natation 11:7 (1:2, 3:0, 4:3, 3:2)
Stade de Reims – EN Tourcoing 9:14 (3:3, 3:4, 1:4, 2:3)
Marseille – Noisy le Sec postponed

1 Team Strasbourg 14 – 40
2 CN Marseille 13 – 34
3 Pays d’Aix Natation 14 -31
4 Montpellier WP 14 – 25
5 EN Tourcoing LM 14 – 23
6 CN Noisy le Sec 13 – 19
7 Olympic Nice Natation 14 – 16
8 FNC Douai 14 – 9
9 Stade de Reims 14 – 6
10 Sete Natation EDD 14 – 0

ROMANIA

Bucharest derby was the main event of the 14th weekend of the Romanian League. Dinamo and Steaua, the best two clubs from the capital of Romania, faced off. Steaua, the reigning champion, took points in both encounters. On Saturday Steaua defeated Dinamo by 4 goals (9:5). A day later, the title-holder recorded a more convincing win – 14:8.

Steaua returned into the 1st place, ahead of Oradea, which had a bye weekend. Steaua  collected 67 points, as well as second-placed Corona Sportul Studentesc, which have played two matches more than Steaua. Last weekend, Corona demolished Rapid Bucharest (16:3 and 14:5)

14th weekend

Dinamo Bucharest – Steaua Bucharest 5:9 (2:2, 0:3, 1:2, 2:2)
Dinamo Bucharest – Steaua Bucharest 8:14 (2:4, 4:6, 1:2, 1:2)

Crisul Oradea – Amefa Arad 11:11
Crisul Oradea – Amefa Arad 7:9

Corona Sportul Studentesc – Rapid Bucharest 16:3
Corona Sportul Studentesc – Rapid Bucharest 14:5

Politehnica Cluj – CSM Tg. Mures 11:13
Politehnica Cluj – CSM Tg. Mures 11:8

1 Steaua 24 – 67
2 Corona Sportul Studentesc 26 – 67
3 CSM Digi Oradea 24 – 63
4 Dinamo Bucharest 26 – 48
5 Rapid Bucharest 26 – 36
6 CSM Tg. Mures 26 – 30
7 Poli Cjul 24 – 13
8 Amefa 24 – 10
9 Crisul Oradea 28 – 5

GREECE

Postponed match of the 17th round

Vouliagmeni – Palaio Faliro 10:7 (2:0, 5:1, 1:1, 2:5)

1 Olympiacos 17 – 51
2 Apollon Smirnis 17 – 39
3 Vouliagmeni 16 – 37
4 Ydraikos 17 – 30
5 PAOK 17 -24
6 Ethnikos 17 – 24
7 Glyfada 17 – 23
8 Chania 16 – 18
9 Palaio Faliro 16 – 16
10 Peristeri 17 -16
11 Chios 17 – 15
12 OFTH 16 – 0

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