Champions League

Trio secures big wins, dramatic Adriatic derby

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Sport Management, Ferencvaros, and Brescia are very close to the main round of the 2019 Champions League. These three teams posted big wins in today’s 1st leg of the 3rd Qualification Round, while the Adriatic derby (Jadran Split – Jadran Herceg Novi) is still open.

The most thrilling match of the day was an encounter between two namesakes. Jadran Split hosted and beat Jadran Herceg Novi. The visiting side controlled the game in the opening minutes and it had a slim 5:4 lead in the 13th minute. After this, the hosts scored five unanswered goals and earned a 9:5 advantage (21st minute). Jadran Split was 10:6 up three minutes before the last break, but the Croats didn’t manage to maintain a big lead. The champion of Montenegro started climbing back and reduced the gap. Jadran Split recorded an 11:9 win. The Croats kept the chance to reach the Champions League for the first time since 1994, but Jadran Herceg Novi will be a big favorite in the home pool.

Euro Cup runner-up Sport Management was the only club which celebrated a win as a visiting team. The Italians did it in style. Sport Management defeated Strasbourg in France (10:4). The first half of the match decided everything. Sport Management rushed to a 5:0 lead in the first 13 minutes. Strasbourg its first goal scored three seconds before the halftime (1:5). The French improved their attack after the big break, but the Italians, led by their captain Stefano Luongo (five goals this evening) continued to dominate and posted a 10:4 win.

Ferencvaros water polo players shouldn’t have headaches in the 2nd leg as well as Sport Management. They defeated Vouliagmeni in Budapest today by 6 goals. The champion of Hungary led throughout the match. After the second quarter the hosts had 5:2 lead. They doubled their advantage in the second half of the encounter for a big 10:4 victory.

Brescia, which took the 7th place in the 2017/18 Champions League, hosted Terrassa. The rivals were tied at halftime (3:3). The home side dominated the 3rd and the 4th period. Brescia conceded just one goal in the second half, while its players found the net five times and secured a nice 4-goal advantage before the return leg in Spain (8:4).

Champions League, 3rd Qualification Round, Leg 1

Ferencvaros 10:4 Vouliagmeni
(2:0, 3:2, 3:2, 2:0)

Ferencvaros Telekom Budapest: Kallay 2, Nikic 2, Vamos, Mezei, Younger, Varga,Jansik, Mitrovic.
NC Vouliagmeni: Gkouvetsis, Kourouvanis, Gouvis, Tigkas.

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

Brescia: Figlioli 3, N. Presciutti 2, C. Presciutti, Gallo, Rizzo.
CN Terrassa: Mora Belmonte 2, Alarcon Tevar, Sanchez Campos.

Jadran S 11:9 Jadran HN
(2:3, 5:2, 4:3, 0:1)

Jadran Split: Delic 4, Setka 2, Popovic, Butic, Kunac, Viskovic, Kovacic.
Jadran Carine Herceg Novi: Dj. Radovic 3, Spaic 2, Popadic, Banicevic, Draskovic, Petkovic.

Strasbourg 4:10 Sport Management
(0:4, 1:1, 1:3, 2:2)

Strasbourg: Bratic 2, Jablonski, P. Markovic.
Sport Management: Luongo 5, Di Somma 2, Fondelli, Bruni, Casasola.

(Leg 2 to be played on 10 October)

2018/19 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, MAIN ROUND

A GROUP
Pro Recco (Italy)
Barceloneta (Spain)
Eger (Hungary)
Dynamo Moscow (Russia)
Steaua Bucharest (Romania)
Crvena Zvezda/Red Star (Serbia)
Brescia (Italy) or Terrassa (Spain)
Ferencvaros (Hungary) or Vouliagmeni (Greece)

B GROUP
Olympiacos (Greece)
Jug Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Szolnok (Hungary)
Spandau 04 Berlin (Germany)
Waspo Hannover (Germany)
Mladost Zagreb (Croatia)
Strasbourg (France) or Sport Management (Italy)
Jadran Split (Croatia) or Jadran Herceg Novi (Montenegro)

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