Most of the matches of the LEN Champions League Day 9 produced expected storylines and gave a few new answers about the outcome of the chase for spots at the Final Eight. In Group A, five clubs are still in the race for top four places. Just like in Group A, in Group B three teams, objectively, have no chances to reach the final tournament. In this group, Pro Recco, which is as a technical host already qualified for the F8, holds the first place, while four clubs hunt three remaining “tickets” to Genoa.
The game of the day in Group A ended in a tie after a lot of twists and turns. Brescia and Dynamo Moscow shared points, just like in Moscow in January. The result was repeated too. It was 9:9 again. The lead was constantly changing. Dynamo played better in the first two quarters, but Brescia levelled the score (5:5) two seconds before halftime (Rizzo netted form an extra).
Before the final period, Dynamo was in front (8:7). Brescia turned the deficit into a 9:8 lead early in the fourth quarter. In the middle of the period, Dmitri Kholod hit the back of the net for 9:9. Both teams had a few nice chances in the remaining four minutes, but there were no goals.
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Jug beat OSC in Budapest and sent the Hungarians out of the race for the Final Eight. After the first quarter, the rivals were on the same starting point (2:2). In the following three periods, Jug built its advantage with small steps for a 7:4 win.
The Croats could be even happier learning the result of the match in Brescia. Thanks to a draw in the encounter between Brescia and Dynamo, Jug climbed from the 5th into the 4th place od the table. The Dubrovnik-based side caught up Dynamo, while they have just one point less than Brescia
After a loss in the previous round (8:10 against Jug), Olympiacos returned on the winning track. As expected, the Greeks beat Hannover in Germany. The visiting team took control early in the third period. At halftime, they led 4:3, but in the 19th minute, they were 7:4 up. Hannover couldn’t come back anymore (12:7 at the end).
Barceloneta very convincingly defeated Partizan, but the young team from Belgrade fought bravely. Partizan was 4:5 down 15 seconds before a 5-minute break. From that point on, Barceloneta dominated. The hosts produced a 6:0 rush and jumped to an 11:4 lead (03:07 before the end of the 3rd period). Partizan couldn’t recover from that shock. It scored only one goal in the second half (16:5).
An encounter between champions of Hungary and Montenegro brought a very thrilling finish. Szolnok had a 3-goal lead in the first period (5:2 and 6:3) of the clash with Jadran Herceg Novi. Step-by-step Jadran was reducing its deficit. The Montenegrins took a lead in the middle of the third period (8:7). Szolnok, boosted by Serbs Andrija Prlainovic (3 goals this evening) and Milan Aleksic (4 goals), went in front by the last break (9:8). In the middle of the fourth, the rivals were equalled (10:10). Szolnok netted three unanswered goals in the last three minutes for an important 13:10 win. The title-holder achieved first win after two straight losses in matches against Eger.
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Spandau collected new points at its home pool and kept chances to reach the Final Eight. The Germans went through some scary moments in the match against Steaua Bucharest. The visitors from Romania led 4:2 at halftime. Spandau produced a 5:1 rush till the middle of the third for a 7:5 lead. The Romanians weren’t able to go in front anymore. Spandau celebrated an 11:8 win.
Szolnok (3rd place) and Spandau (4th) now have 18 points each, five more than 5th-placed Jadran.
Pro Recco needed some time to break Sabadell. The Italians earned their first lead 16 seconds before the end the first period (3:2). In the remaining period, they ruled the field. Recco demolished the Spaniards in the fourth period, by scoring five goals in the last four minutes for an 18:9 victory. Pro Recco needed some time to break Sabadell. The Italians earned their first lead 16 seconds before the end the first period (3:2). In the remaining period, they ruled the field. Recco demolished the Spaniards in the fourth period, by scoring five goals in the last four minutes for an 18:9 victory.
Eger enjoyed an easy cruise in the Netherlands. The runner-up in 2017 Hungarian Championship beat AZC Alphen (14:4) and didn’t move from the 2nd place.
2018 Champions League, 9th round
Hannover 7:12 Olympiacos
(1:3, 2:1, 2:4, 2:4)
Waspo Hannover: Real 2, Da. Brguljan, A. Radovic, Jokic, Estrany, Ban.
Olympiacos: I. Fountoulis 3, Gounas 2, Delakas, Genidounias, Nikolaidis, Buslje, Mourikis.
OSC 4:7 Jug Dubrovnik
(2:2, 1:2, 1:2, 0:1)
OSC: Erdely 3, Salamon.
Jug: Fatovic 4, Jokovic 2, Renzuto Iodice.
Brescia 9:9 Dynamo Moscow
(3:3, 2:2, 2:3, 2:1)
Brescia: C. Presciutti 3, Nora 2, Manzi, Paskovic, Rizzo, N. Presciutti.
Dynamo: Kholod 2, Latypov 2, Ivankov, Subotic, Nagaev, Radjen, Lisunov.
Barceloneta 16:5 Partizan
(4:2, 2:2, 6:1, 4:0)
Barceloneta:Perrone 3, Mallarach 3, Famera 2, Granados 2, Fernandez 2, Munnariz, Larumbe, Paul Garcia, Tahull.
Partizan: Vucinic, Tomic, M. Jankovic, Radanovic, Radonjic.
1. Olympiacos (GRE) 9 – 22
2. Barceloneta (ESP) 9 – 18
3. Brescia (ITA) 9 – 17
4. Jug (CRO) 9 – 16 (+21 goal difference)
5. Dynamo Moscow (RUS) 9 – 16 (+5)
6. OSC Budapest (HUN) 9 – 7
7. Hannover (GER) 9 – 6
8. Partizan (SRB) 9 – 0
Szolnok 13:10 Jadran
(6:3, 1:3, 2:2, 4:2)
Szolnok: Aleksic 4, Prlainovic 3, Younger 2, Batori, Zalnaki, Jansik, M. Cuk.
Jadran Carine Herceg Novi: Draskovic 3, Petkovic, Ukropina, Popadic, Krijestorac, Merkulov.
Spandau 11:9 Steaua
(1:2, 1:2, 7:3, 2:2)
Spandau 04 Berlin: Gielen 4, Negrean 2, Dedovic 2, Stamm 2, Juengling.
Steaua Bucharest: Murisic 4, Gheorghe, Raodi, Buljubasic, Delgado, Ghiban.
Sabadell 9:18 Pro Recco
(2:3, 2:5, 4:4, 1:6)
Sapadell: Carillo Gemar 4, Matoso Alguacil 2, S. Cabanas Pegado 2, Bustos.
Pro Recco: Di Fulvio 3, Ivovic 3, Echenique 3, Filipovic 2, Aicardi, Gitto, Alesiani, Bruni, Molina.
AZC Alphen 4:14 Eger
(1:2, 1:4, 2:4, 0:4)
AZC Alphen: Van Mil, Miralis, Indjic, M. Filipovic.
Eger: S. Rasovic 4, Decker 3, Angyal 2, Avramovic, Lorincz, B.Biros, Vlachopoulos, Bedo.
1. Pro Recco (ITA) 9 – 24
2. Eger (HUN) 9 – 19
3. Szolnok 9 – 18 (+41)
4. Spandau 04 (HUN) 9 – 18 (+5)
5. Jadran Herceg Novi (MNE) 9 – 13
6. Steaua (ROM) 9 – 9
7. Sabadell (ESP) 9 – 6
8. AZC Alphen (NED) 9 – 0