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Steaua clinches 3rd Romanian cup in a row (VIDEO)

Steaua water polo team Photo: csasteaua.ro

Steaua Bucharest continued its domination in Romanian water polo. Last weekend, Steaua clinched its 3rd national cup in a row. This was the 11th trophy for Steaua in the competition.

The Final Eight of the Romanian Cup was played in Steaua’s pool in Bucharest.

The hosts cruised to a win over CSM Tirgu Mures in the quarterfinals (14:2). In the Bucharest derby in the semifinals, Steaua defeated Dinamo (14:10).

As expected, the final game saw an encounter between Steaua and CSM Oradea, the 2017 Euro Cup finalist. Oradea beat Politehnica in the quarterfinals (14:2) and Corona Sportul Studentesc (11:7) in the semifinals.

The rivals were in the neck-and-neck race in the first quarter (3:2) of the final game. Steaua water polo players produced a 3:0 rush in the second period for a 6:2 lead at halftime and they never looked back. Steaua secured a trophy with a 12:6 win. The top scorer was a Croat Jerko Marinic Kragic with 3 goals. Dmitri Goanta, a Greek Marios Kapotsis, and a Russian Nikita Dereviankin netted two goals each, as well as Oradea’s Brazilian Gustavo Guimares “Gummy” and a Japanese Yusuke Inaba.

Video source: CSA Steaua Bucuresti YouTube channel

The third place was taken by Corona Sportul Studentesc. Led by a veteran from Montenegro Blagoje Ivovic, whose brother Aleksandar is Pro Recco’s captain, and Vlad Georgescu, who scored three goals each, Corona defeated Dinamo 15:9 in the game for bronze.

Romanian Cup,Final Eight

Quarterfinals

Steaua Bucharest – CSM Tirgu Mures 14:2 (3:0, 2:0, 5:2, 4:0)
CSM Digi Oradea – Politehnica Cluj-Napoca 23:1 (8:0, 5:0, 6:1, 4:0)
Corona Sportul Studentesc – Amefa Arad 18:2 (5:0, 7:2, 4:0, 2:0)
Dinamo Buchurest – Rapid Buchurest 13:3 (3:1, 5:1, 3:1, 2:0)

Semifinals

1st – 4th place

CSM Digi Oradea – Corona Sportul Studentesc 11:7 (3:3, 4:1, 1:1, 3:2)
Steaua Bucharest – Dinamo Bucharest 14:10

5th – 8th place

CSM Tirgu Mures – Rapid 5:8
Politehnica Cluj-Napoca – Amefa Arad 7:12

Final

Steaua 12:6 CSM Oradea
(3:2, 3:0, 3:1, 3:3)

Steaua: Marinic Kragic 3, Kapotsis 2, Dereviankin 2, Goanta 2, Prioteasa, Antina, Chioveanu.
CSM Oradea: Inaba 2, Guimaraes 2, Remes, R. Georgescu.

For 3rd place

Dinamo 9:15 Corona
(2:4, 3:3, 1:3, 3:5)

Dinamo Bucharest: Dragomirescu 4, Teohari 3, Formea, Szilard.
Corona Sportul Studentesc: B. Ivovic 3, V. Georgescu 3, Ianc 2, Jerkovic 2, Balkairec 2, Neamt, Oanta, Stanu

For 5th place

Rapid Bucharest – Amefa 13:7 (3:;2, 2:1, 6:0, 2:4)

For 7th place

CSM Tirgu Mures – Politehnica Cluj-Napoca 9:5 (2:1, 2:1, 2:0, 3:3)

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