Champions League: Three-horse race in Group B, Olympiacos builds big gap (VIDEO)

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Favourites beat their respective opponents with ease on Day 6 of the Champions League, but the round saw two very thrilling encounters.

Olympiacos keeps the 1st place in Group A, now with 5 points more than the closest rival Dynamo Moscow.

“Three-horse race” in Group B was continued. As expected, Szolnok and Pro Recco recorded big wins. Spandau is still on the same level with this two giants after collecting three points in Bucharest.

Group A

Olympiacos achieved its 5th win in a row. The Greeks beat Hanover thanks to a perfect defence in the first two quarters. Olympiacos built a 6:0 lead by the halftime. Hannover “woke up” in the second half of the match, but it wasn’t able to recover after the big shock in the first half. The home team recorded a solid victory (1q:7).

Barceloneta did a clean job in Belgrade, against Partizan (15:5). After the 2nd period, the Spaniards led 7:3. They secured a victory in the third half. Thanks to a lot of goals from the counter attacks, Barceloneta jumped to a 12:4 lead before the last period.

The only thrilling match in this round in Group A was played in Moskow, where Dynamo and Brescia shared the points. It was a hard battle from the beginning. Dynamo earned a two-goal lead in the middle of the last period – 8:6 (03:48). But, Brescia responded with three goals in a row and went in front 59 seconds from time (Nicholas Presciutti for 9:8). Ivan Nagaev hit the back of the net from an extra 25 seconds before the final buzzer and secured a draw – 9:9.

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Jug won important three points by defeating OSC in Dubrovnik. Jug water polo players led 2:0 and 4:2. They were 6:3 up in 10th minute, but OSC water polo players were chasing the hosts almost till the end. In the 28th minute, OSC was 7:9 down. But, Jug soon scored two goals in a span of 41 seconds for a crucial 11:7 lead (02:40 on the clock). The visiting team reduced the gap (12:10 at the end), but after this loss, their chances to reach the Final Eight aren’t big.

Group B

The sixth round in Group B was highlighted by a game in Bucharest, where Steaua hosted Spandau 04, the biggest surprise in this season’s Champions League. The match offered a lot of twists and turns. The home team led 2:0 early in the second period, but the Germans managed to turn a deficit to a 3:2 and 4:3 lead.

But, before the final eight minutes, the rivals were on equal terms – 4:4. Nikola Dedovic, the Serb in the team od Spandau, netted for 4:5. His compatriot Djordje Filipovic levelled 24 seconds from time. But, Spandau grabbed all three points. A Romanian blew away all hopes of the Romanian team. Tiberiu Negrean netted for 5:6 one second before the final buzzer. Spandau kept the third place in the group on the same level with “big boys” Szolnok and Pro Recco. All three teams have 15 points each. But in the next two rounds, Spandau will face Pro Recco. They will have another chance to produce a big upset (after beating Szolnok 10:9 in the 4th round). Spandau won’t have easy tasks, but nothing is impossible…

Title-holder Szolnok did a damage in Herceg Novi. The Hungarian side defeated Jadran 16:4. Szolnok led 9:0 after the 2nd quarter. Jadran its first goal scored in the 21st minute (10:1). In the remaining time, Szolnok maintained a big difference. Almost every player of the visiting team netted at least a goal. Top scorers (3 goals each) were Serb Andrija Prlainovic, who started his great water polo career in Jadran, and Bence Fulop.

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Another Hungarian club in this group, Eger also achieved a big win. It demolished Alphen at home – 15:4. Eger was led by Greek Aggeios Vlachopoulos (4 goals).

Pro Recco collected three points with ease, too. The Italians beat Sabadell. The Spaniards made a lot of problems to their big opponent in the first half. In the middle of the second quarter, Pro Recco was just a step ahead. It led 4:3. But, from that point on, the hosts dominated. Pro Recco netted nine unanswered goals till the middle of the fourth quarter for 13:3. It held Sabadell scoreless for more than 19 minutes. The visiting team scored two goals in the last 110 seconds for the final score 13:5.

Champions League, Day 6

Group A

Dynamo Moscow 9:9 Brescia
(2:2, 2:2, 2:1, 3:4)

Dynamo: Shepelev 2, Pijetlovic, Ivankov, Bychkov, Kholod,Lisunov, Latypov, Nagaev.
Brescia: Muslim 2, Paskovic, Rizzo, N. Presciutti, Nora, Janovic, Vukcevic, C. Presciutti.

Partizan 5:15 Barceloneta
(2:4, 1:3, 1:5, 1:3)

Partizan: Radonjic 2, F. Jankovic, Tomic, M. Jankovic.
Barceloneta: Famera 3, Perrone 3, Granados 2, Vrlic 2, Mallarach 2, Munarriz, Larumbe, Tahull.

Jug 12:10 OSC
(4:2, 3:2, 2:2, 3:4)

Jug: Benic 3, Renzuto Iodice 3, Garcia 2, Macan, Fatovic, Loncar, Jokovic.
OSC: Seman 3, Erdelyi 2, G. Kovacs 2, Dr. Brguljan, Gor-Nagy, Randjelovic.

Olympiacos 11:7 Hannover
(3:0, 3:0, 1:3, 4:4)

Olympiacos: Genidounias 2, I. Fountoulis 2, Mylonakis, Delakas, Nikolaidis, Dervisis, Buslje, Gounas, Argyropoulos.
Hannover: Da. Brguljan 2, Bukowski, Real, A. Radovic, Estrany, Winkelhorst.

1.Olympiacos (Greece) 6 – 16
2. Dynamo (Russia) 6 – 11
3.Brescia (Italy) 6 – 10
4. Jug (Croatia) 6 – 10
5. Barceloneta (Spain) 6 – 9
6. OSC (Hungary) 6 – 6
7. Hannover (Germany) 6 – 6
8. Partizan (Serbia) 6 – 0

Group B

Jadran 6:14 Szolnok
(0:4, 0:5, 2:1, 4:4)

Jadran Carine: Merkulov 2, B. Banicevic, Gardasevic, Draskovic, M. Petkovic.
Szolnok: Prlainovic 3, Fulop 3, Batori, Zalnaki, Jansik, Mezei, Younger, Mi. Cuk.

Steaua 5:6 Spandau 04
(1:0, 1:3, 2:1, 1:2)

Steaua: Dj. Filipovic , Gheorhe, Buljubasic, Delgado, Murisic.
Spandau 04: Gielen, Ma. Cuk, NegreanStrelezkij, Dedovic, Reibel.

Pro Recco 13:5 Sabadell
(3:2, 3:1, 6:0, 1:2)

Pro Recco: F. Di FUlvio 3, Mandic 2, Echenique 2, Aicardi 2, F. Filipovic, Alesiani, Molina, Ivovic.
Sabadell: Lopez Escrobano 2, Carillo 2, Carrasco.

Eger 15:4 Alphen
(2:1, 5:1, 4:0, 4:2)

Eger: Vlachopoulos 4, Bedo 3, Kovacs 2, Harai 2, S. Rasovic 2, Hosnzanszsky 2.
AZC Alphen: Coric, Miralis, Indjic, M. Filipovic.

1.Pro Recco (Italy) 6 – 15
2.Szolnok (Hungary) 6 – 15
3.Spandau (Germany) 6 – 15
4.Eger (Hungary) 6 – 10
5.Jadran (Montenegro) 6 – 10
6.Steaua (Romania) 6 – 3
7.Sabadell (Spain) 6 – 3
8.Alphen (Netherlands) 6- 0

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