The most interesting encounters of Day 4 in 2017/18 Champions League were two big derbies with thriller endings. Title-holder Szolnok returned on winning track, beating Pro Recco. Jug and Barceloneta shared the points in Dubrovnik.
A group: Barceloneta makes great comeback
The match of the day in Group A was an encounter in Dubrovnik, where 2016 champion Jug hosted Barceloneta, that won the Champions League in 2014. The home team rushed to a 7:2 lead (04:06 before the half-time), but Barceloneta started reducing its deficit step-by-step. The Spaniards dominated in the second half. Jug kept the lead until the 31st minute when Munarriz scored an equaliser and the game ended in a 9:9 draw.
A visiting team recorded a win in another big game of the day in Group A. Brescia beat OSC in Budapest. After the first half, OSC had a slim advantage (4:3). But, then came Brescia with four consecutive goals for a 7:4 lead (28th minute). OSC tried to come back, they came close 1:46 before the end (6:7), but Muslim’s goal in the next attack decided everything and Brescia collect all three points, defeating the hosts 8:6.
Olympiacos convincingly defeated Partizan (16:8) and kept the first place in Group A. The Greeks jumped to an 8:2 lead late in the second period. In the third quarter, the young side from Belgrade reduced the gap to 4 (9:5, 10:6, 11:7), but it wasn’t able to do something more than that.
Dynamo Moscow achieved its third victory this season. The Russians beat Hannover in Moscow – 9:6. The hosts secured all three points in the last 11 minute. It was a balanced encounter in the first three quarters. But, from the 23rd to the 28th minute Dynamo water polo players scored four unanswered goals and they jumped to a 9:5 lead. Hannover managed to score its 6th goal for the final score 9:6.
B group: Younger hero in Szolnok
Szolnok recovered from the shock in the third round (loss to Spandau 8:9), but at the start of the game against Recco, it seemed that the title-holders would suffer one more loss. Pro Recco took a flying start. The champion of Italy, led by Aleksandar Ivovic (4 goals this evening), earned a 3:0 lead after just 2:21 minutes!
Szolnok started climbing back in the 8th minute (Jansik 1:3). For the first in the evening, the hosts went in front in the middle of the fourth period. Andrija Prlainovic scored from a penalty shot (8:7). But, his teammate in the national team of Serbia Filip Filipovic responded in the same way, from a penalty (8:8) with 2:54 remaining on the clock. In the 31st minute, both sides scored a goal each (Prlainovic 9:8 and Molina 9:9). A hero of the big thriller was Aron Younger. The Australian found the back of the net for the 4th time this evening (10:9) 52 seconds before the last buzzer. Recco had the last attack, but Szolnok’s defence resisted. The title-holder won10:9, while Pro Recco suffered the first loss in all competitions in this season.
It is maybe a surprise, but after the 4th round, Jadran Herceg Novi leads the race in Group B. The Montenegrin champion is the only unbeaten team in this group. In the 4th round, Jadran defeated Steaua in Bucharest – 8:4. But, the guests didn’t have an easy task. The lead was constantly changing in the first and in the second quarter. At halftime, the score was 4:4. After the scoreless 3rd period, Jadran played like a storm in the last quarter. In a span of 3:26 minutes the visiting team, led by Russian Danil Merkulov (4 goals in the match), scored four goals in a row for a convincing 8:4 victory.
Eger did a clean job against Sabadell. The Hungarian club, led by Serb Strahinja Rasovic (5 goals) demolished the guests from Spain – 14:5.
Spandau 04 blew away newcomer AZC Alphen and achieved the most convincing victory of the day -17:5. The Germans jumped to the 2nd position in the group. They have 9 points as well as Pro Recco and Szolnok, but Spandau has the best goal difference.
2017/18 Champions League, Day 4
Jug 9:9 Barceloneta
(5:1, 2:3, 1:3, 1:3)
Jug: Loncar 2, Jokovic 2, Macan, Fatovic, V. Rasovic, Renzuto Iodice, Lozina.
Barceloneta: Munarriz 2, Mallarach 2, Famera, Granados, Vrlic, Perrone, Fernandez Miranda.
OSC 6:8 Brescia
(1:1, 2:3, 0:2, 2:3)
OSC: Gor-Nagy, Randjelovic, Salamon, Seman, Erdely, M.Toth.
Brescia : Muslim 2, Janovic 2, Bertoli 2, Vukcevic, C. Presciutti
Olympiacos 16:8 Partizan
(5:1, 4:2, 3:4, 4:1)
Olympiacos: Fountoulis 3, Gounas 3, Myonakis 2, Genidounias 2, Nikolaidis 2, Mourikis 2, Buslje, Obradovic.
Partizan Tomic 2, Radonjic 2, Lazic, M. Jankovic, Andrejevic, Manojlovic.
Dynamo Moscow 9:6 Waspo Hannover
(3:2, 2:2, 2:1, 2:1)
Dynamo: Nagaev 3, Lisunov 2, Bychov 2, Pijetlovic, Shepelev.
Hannover: Da. Brguljan 3, A. Radovic 2, Preuss.
1. Olympiacos (GRE) 4 – 10
2. Dynamo Moscow (RUS) 4 – 9
3. Jug Dubrovnik (CRO) 4 – 7
4. Brescia (ITA) 4 – 6
5. OSC Budapest (HUN) 4 – 6
6. Barceloneta (ESP) 4 – 5
7. Waspo Hannover (GER) 4 – 3
8. Partizan (SRB) 4 – 0
Szolnok 10:9 Pro Recco
(1:3, 2:2, 3:2, 4:2)
Szolnok: Younger 4, Prlainovic 3, Mi. Cuk 2, Jansik.
Pro Recco: Ivovic 4, Molina 2, F. Filipovic, Aicardi, Echenique.
Steaua Bucharest 4:8 Jadran
(2:1, 2:3, 0:0, 0:4)
Steaua: Delgado 3, Goanta.
Jadran Herceg Novi: Merkulov 4, Ukropina, Krijestorac, Dj. Radovic, Draskovic.
AZC Alphen 5:17 Spandau 04
(1:2, 2:5, 0:5, 2:5)
AZC Alphen: M. Filipovic 3, Coric, Indjic.
Spandau: Ma. Cuk 4, Gielen 3, Dedovic 2, Stamm 2, Restovic 2, Negrean, Juengling, Strelezkij, Reibel.
Eger 14:5 Sabadell
(3:1, 4:2, 5:2, 2:0)
Eger: S. Rasovic 5, Hosnzanszky 2, Vlachopoulos 2, Angzal, Avramovic, Kovacs, Bedo, Harai.
Sabadell: S. Cabanas Pegado 2, Carillo Gemar, Gallego Vela, V. Cabanas Pegado.
1. Jadran Herceg Novi (MNE) 4 – 10
2. Spandau 04 (GER) 4 – 9
3. Szolnok (HUN) 4 – 9
4. Pro Recco (ITA) 4 – 9
5. Eger (HUN) 4 – 7
6. Sabadell (ESP) 4 – 3
7. Steaua (ROM) 4 – 0
8. AZC Alphen (NED) 4 – 0