Champions League

Thrillers in Barcelona and Szolnok (VIDEO)

Xavi Garcia (Jug) Photo: jug.hr

The first matches in the Champions League in 2019, didn’t bring any changes at the top of the table in both groups. Pro Recco (Group A) and Jug (Group B) continued their winning streaks and both sides remained unbeaten after Day 6. The Italians and the Croats went for 6/6. But, the round a few very thrilling matches and one big surprise.

Group A

The derby of Day 6 in Group A was an encounter between Barceloneta and Brescia. It was a neck-and-neck race with a lot of twists and turns, and the match ended with no winner. The visitors from Brescia had a nice start. The Italians were 2:0 up after the first eight minutes. Barceloneta scored three consecutive goals for a 3:2 lead in the second period, but at halftime, it stood 4:4. Before the last period, Barceloneta had a slim advantage (6:5), but the visitors went in front in the last quarter (7:6 and 8:7). Tahull scored an equalizer in the 30th minute to secure a point for Barceloneta (8:8).

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Brescia and Barcelona are still tied in the table with 13 points each, but after Day 6, 4th-placed Ferencvaros is just a point behind them. The 2018 Euro Cup winner did a clean job in Belgrade. Ferencvaros convincingly beat Crvena Zvezda (15:6). The hosts trailed 3:4 after their first possession in the 3rd quarter, but the visitors dominated in the remaining time

Pro Recco again had no mercy once. The 8-times Champions League winner downed Eger (17:7).  Eger has played at all Champions League final tournaments (earlier F6, now F8) since the season 2014/15. But, after the 4th loss, it seems that reaching the Final Eight will be a “mission impossible” for Eger in this season.

The 4th match of Day 6 in Group A Dynamo – Steaua will be played on Friday.

Group B

The surprise of the day happened in Hungary where 2017 European champion Szolnok and 2019 F8 host Hannover shared the points. Early in the second quarter, Szolnok led 3:1. The visitors started climbing back very soon. Hannover turned around a 2-goal deficit to a 2-goal lead (6:4). Szolnok responded with four goals in a row for an 8:6 lead. The visitors came back once more. Hannover equalized (8:8 and 9:9). The hosts entered the last minute with a 10:9 advantage, but they didn’t manage to keep all three points. Jorn Winkelhorst found the net 33 seconds from time for the final score – 10:10. The top scorer was Hannover’s Montenegrin Aleksandar Radovic (4 goals), who was a teammate with two Szolnok’s players Andrija Prlainovic (3 goals this evening) and Milan Aleksic (1). The three won the 2011 Champions League as players of Partizan.

This was the 3rd draw in a row for Szolnok, which will have a hard task to reach the Final Eight. There are only three available F8 tickets in this group because Hannover is already qualified as a technical host. Szolnok is still in the 5th place with 5 points less than 3rd-placed Olympiacos.

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Jug faced its Croatian arch-rival Mladost. The Zagreb-based team had a better start in the match played in Dubrovnik. After 11 minutes of the big derby, Mladost had a 5:3 advantage. In the following eight minutes, Jug staged a 5:1 run and jumped to an 8:6 lead. Mladost caught the home side (8:8) a minute and a half from the end of the third period, but the visitors weren’t able to go ahead once more. Jug earned a 3-goal lead in the 26th minute (12:9) and maintained the difference until the end (14:11).

Olympiacos didn’t leave decision too late. The current champion played against Jadran Split in Piraeus. The Greeks grabbed an early 3:0 lead. Olympiacos, led by Alexandros Gounas (5 goals this evening) and Konstantinos Genidounias (4), built a 5-goal gap in the 3rd period (10:5) and never looked back. Olympiacos controlled the game until the end for a 13:7 win.

Sport Management hosted Spandau 04. The Italians took a nice 5:1 lead in the middle of the second period. But, the visitors produced a 4:1 rush and came close (5:6) in the 28th minute. Sport Management secured all three points in the middle of the last period. The Italians scored two goals in a span of 45 seconds and went 8:5 up with 03:49 remaining on the clock. Sport Management collected three points with an 8:6 win and holds the 2nd place in the group

Group A

Pro Recco 17:7 Eger
(4:1, 5:0, 5:1, 3:5)

Pro Recco: Echenique 3, Ivovic 3, Mandic 2, Renzuto 2, Aicardi 2, Filipovic, Di Fulvio, Figari.
Eger: Murisic 2, S. Rasovic, Hosnyanszky, Santa, Gyarfas, Vlachopoulos.

Barceloneta 8:8 Brescia
(0:2, 4:2, 2:1, 2:3)

CNA Barceloneta: Tahull 2, Perrone 2, Granados, Vrlic, Larumbe, Mallarach.
Brescia: Figlioli 2, C. Presciutti, Gallo, Rizzo, Muslim, Janovic, Vukcevic

Crvena Zvezda 6:15 Ferencvaros
(1:3, 1:1, 1:4, 3:7)

BVK Crvena zvezda: B.Popovic I 2, Vasic 2, Bitadze, Ilic.
Ferencvaros Telekom Budapest: Younger 5, Varga 4, Jansik 2, Mitrovic, Vamos, Mezei, Gor-Nagy.

Dynamo – Steaua on January 11th

1 Pro Recco (ITA) 6 – 18
2 Barceloneta (ESP) 6 – 13
3 Brescia (ITA) 6 – 13
4 Ferencvaros (HUN) 6 – 12
5 Eger (HUN) 6 – 6
6 Dynamo (RUS) 5 – 3
7 Steaua (ROM) 5 – 3
8 Crvena Zvezda (SRB) 6 – 0

Group B

Szolnok 10:10 Hannover
(2:1, 1:2, 4:3, 3:4)

Szolnoki VSK: Prlainovic 3, Zalnaki 3, Angyal, Jansik, V. Rasovic, Lazic.
Waspo Hannover 98: A. Radovic 4, Winkelhorst 2, Corusic, Real, Shuetze, Sekulic.

Jug 14:11 Mladost
(3:3, 3:3, 4:3, 4:2)

Jug Dubrovnik: Garcia 3, Papanastasiou 3, Fatovic 2, Jokovic 2, Merkulov 2, Lozina, Benic.

HAVK Mladost Zagreb: Kharkov 3,A. Petkovic 3, Radu 2, Cagalj, Mi. Cuk,Herceg.

Olympiacos 13:7 Jadran S
(5:3, 2:2, 3:1, 3:1)

Olympiacos Piraeus: Gounas 5, Genidounias 4, Fountoulis, Dervisis, Buslje, Argyropoulos.
Jadran Split: Zovic 2, Butic 2, Krapic, Power, B. Popovic.

Sport Management 8:6 Spandau 04
(2:1, 4:2, 0:1, 2:2)

Bpm Sport Management: Mirarchi 2, Dolce, Damonte, Alesiani, Fondelli, E. Di Somma, S. Luongo.
Spandau 04: Saudarier 2, Gielen, Ma. Cuk, Strelezkij, Restovic.

1 Jug (CRO) 6 – 18
2 Sport Management (ITA) 6 – 13
3 Olympiacos (GRE) 6 – 11
4 Mladost (CRO) 6 – 8
5 Szolnok (HUN) 6 – 6
6 Spandau 04 (GER) 6 – 4
7 Jadran Split (CRO) 6 – 3
8 Hannover (GER) 6 – 3

The next round will be played on January 21st.

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