November 2022

After great twists and turns, no winner in Sabadell

Astralpool Sabadell (ESP) v Spandau 04 Berlin (GER) 9-9 The ’real’ Spandau returned to the pool, not the team we had seen two weeks ago when players came to play a game against Novi Beograd practically from their beds once the quarantine was lifted after the Covid-infections.  How they started the game was a clear sign of this: they stormed to a 0-3 lead with two fine action goals and a man-up hit. Turning into the last minute they still held on for 1-4, though Sabadell pulled one back as Bernat Sanahuja put away a 6 on 5 with 35 seconds to go. Trends began to change in the second. After a killed man-down, Sergi Cabanas netted one from 6m after 70 seconds, then the defences took over the reign, and the goals dried up. Two man-ups were killed at both ends so it stood 3-4 at halftime. The Spanish defence worked extremely well, they could shut out their rivals for four more minutes while netting two man-up goals in front to stage a 4-0 run and took the lead for the first time at 5-4. The Germans’ miseries in offence were halted after 12:57 minutes, Denis Strelezkij hit one from a man-up, and soon Andrei Prioteasa delivered another one from action for 5-6. Valera replied immediately from the perimeter and Sabadell could have had more, but Laszlo Baksa came up with huge saves, first in a 6 on 4, then in a single man-down. Still, Sabadell could take the lead twice in the last period, but the Germans could equalise on both occasions, what’s more, Marek Tkac gave them the lead at 8-9, thanks to a lucky bounce, with 2:36 to go. Sabadell missed a man-up, then Spandau could have won the game but their extra gone as well, despite they played it after a time-out. With 1:18 to go, the hosts also earned a 6 on 5 and they made it, their Montenegrin shooter Kanstantin Averka sent the ball home from the perimeter. The teams had 63 seconds to score the winner, but neither side could set up a good scoring chance, so they had to settle for a draw. How they saw it Quim Colet, coach, Sabadell “I’m very happy with this result. Don’t forget that we have a very young team so making mistakes is normal in our case. I think we played a good game and the draw is a rightful result.” Athanasios Kechagias, coach, Spandau “I think I can congratulate for both teams. It was a great game and the most important is that we could finish this game with a positive result and the thoughts of how we can get better.”

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After 8-8, Jug sink Marseille with a 6-1 storm

Jug Adriatic Osiguranje Dubrovnik (CRO) v CN Marseille (FRA) 14-9 Andrija Prlainovic’s fine shot from the perimeter kicked off the party, Marko Zuvela equalised right away from an extra, but soon the French took the upper hand. It was Croatian Ante Vukicevic who netted two fine goals lately in the opening period to give the French a 2-4 lead, despite Jug managed to kill two man-downs earlier. A fine save also prevented them from pulling one back before the first break. It came soon, though, Zuvela converted a penalty, but Prlainovic also was on target in a 6 on 5. Loren Fatovic netted an extra from the next possession for 4-5 and soon it was even as Goran Grgujevic’s magnificent backhander hit the back of the net. A great steal denied the French in their man-up, however, later they earned a penalty during the next extra and Serbian double Olympic gold medallist Prlainovic sent it home to regain the lead.  Still, the Croats also had a veteran Olympic champ on board and Maro Jokovic’s magical left did some damage in the last two minutes of the first half. First, he blasted one from an unusual position, from the leftback’s spot, then defenders didn’t pay too much attention to him while he approached the goal, and he sent a fierce shot to the net. It was a five-goal rally from the hosts in the second period, so they could turn into the third with a 7-6 advantage. After a quick exchange of man-up goals, Jug had a chance to double their lead, but they couldn’t make their man-up after a time-out – unlike Marseille, where the time-out helped to set up Ugo Crousillat who had a clear shot and the leftie didn’t make any mistake. However, soon the Croats started rolling while the French – a bit unexpectedly – virtually faded from the scene. Franko Lazic put away a man-up, then Jokovic let the ball fly once more from the distance, so Jug had the two-goal lead finally. And soon the gap grew bigger, Fatovic netted another man-up, then Toni Mozara finished off a counter and finally the Jug defence easily neutralised a man-down to crown their 4-0 run. That was decisive – and to start the last period in style, another French man-up was denied while Jokovic netted his fourth (all from action!), at 13-8 was inevitable that there would be no way back for Marseille. There was not indeed, the French could score one more, Prlainovic hit his fifth, though it was rather a gift from the hosts as their lazy backpass found the Serb unguarded. Marseille’s ‘real’ attacks didn’t work any longer, the visitors wasted two more man-ups while Grgurevic put away the last one to conclude Jug’s outstanding 6-1 rush after 8-8.  How they saw it Vjekoslav Kobescak, coach, Jug It was a tough match and a great performance from our side. Again, we started with a bit low energy level, we were weak in defence. Then we raised our level, our defence tightened, and we started to make good decisions in attack. Jokovic scored few goals to further lift the team’s morale so I should say that we played the last two quarters extremely well. We hoped for a win but didn’t expect such margin, so I’m really satisfied.” Milos Scepanovic, coach, Marseille „We started the game really well, however, it did not take much time for Jug to solve the problems they had at the beginning. We tried to re-organise our defence, but our man-up and man-down didn’t go well at all after a while. We couldn’t manage to score enough to stay in the game for long enough. Jug played with discipline and created more and more problems for us.”

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Radnicki was almost hit again by the second-half curse

Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB) v Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) 13-12 Andrija Basic’s action shot in the 20th second kicked off the shooting parade, then the hosts hit back with three in a row in a span of 84 seconds. It didn’t crack the Germans, their Croats, Hrvoje Benic and Basic equalised in a minute for 3-3. However, the Serbs had the last laugh, rather laughs still in the action-packed opening period as they added two more in the last 50 seconds for a 5-3 lead. And the storm continued in the second, two more distant blasts from the first two possessions gave Radnicki a commanding 7-3 lead. Hannover needed five minutes to recover from the 4-0 shock but even though they pulled one back, Marko Radulovic netted two more in 56 seconds to make it 9-4, and Radnicki seemed to be set to sail away with an easy win. Perhaps the home players were convinced of that while the Germans had always been famous for keep on fighting. Including their Croatians who netted three in a row in three minutes, and all of sudden the excitements were back at 9-7. Not so long, though, Nemanja Stanojevic scored from close range as the ball fell into his hand after a fine German block in a man-down. Then Hannover missed a crucial extra and despite they denied two 6 on 5s, Radulovic scored one more from a counter with 0:04 on the clock for 11-7. Again, Radnicki’s ship seemed to reach safe waters. Then it happened again: two quick 6 on 5 goals in 51 seconds halved the Serbs’ lead. Before the game would have heated up too much, Filip Jankovic put away a man-up and Milos Cuk also sent the ball home from the perimeter 48 seconds later to go 13-9 up again. (Both teams struggled with their goalies, both coaches opted to send in the substitutes but neither of them did an outstanding job – in fact, national team’s goalie Moritz Schenkel’s departure to Duisburg left Waspo in a bit of a limbo.) It was 5:17 minutes to go, so Hannover had some time to do a miracle – but in the following three minutes they were unable to cut the gap. Then with only 2:00 on the clock, Benic’s blast hit the net, 51 seconds later Radovic also scored from action for 13-11. Though only 35 seconds remained when Hannover could regain the ball – a time-out was called, but the plan didn’t work. Still, a turnover foul played to their hand, and Fynn Schutze scored the third action goal in a row for 13-12, however, only 8 seconds were left so the Serbs prevailed at the end. It was indeed a shooting parade: 59 shots were taken (30-29) in 32 minutes, a great and entertaining game to watch – though Hannover’s attempt for a fourth straight F8 appearance is already in doubt as they lost to of their direct rivals Jadran and Radnicki in the first two rounds. How they saw it Dejan Stanojevic, coach, Radnicki “It was the same as in the first round – a very bad performance from my team in the second half. We must work harder to avoid these collapses. For sure, we’ll have longer and harder trainings in the coming weeks.” Karsten Seehafer, coach, Hannover “We played well in the fourth, perhaps in the second half but we didn’t have the necessary emotions and fighting spirit before. We need to have the emotions during the entire game. Now we need to collect points at home, we lost our first two matches but we have much more to play.”

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Four goals in the third lift Barceloneta

Vouliagmeni (GRE) v Zodiac Barceloneta 7-11 The first period was devoted to some great defending, it took five and a half minutes to break the deadlock when Nikolaos Papasifakis converted a penalty. Barceloneta needed even more time to bring down the Greek wall, Luke Pavillard’s action goal 38 seconds from time made it 1-1. The Greeks held on – though the Spaniards started to find their rhythm, the hosts could equalise twice. Then Mark Larumbe netted a 6 on 4, so Barceloneta led 3-4 at halftime – but that was really an appraisal of Vouliagmeni’s outstanding efforts in the back. Though a fine stop from the goalie saved the hosts in the first man-down in the third, but only temporarily – the Spanish regained the ball and Alejandro Bustos doubled their lead. Marios Kapotsis pulled one back with a huge 6m blast, but in 53 seconds the visitors hit two and that was crucial. Unai Biel was on target twice, first from a man-up, then from action (a clear sign that there is life after Alvaro Granados in left-wing position). Vouliagmeni lost some composure in front, couldn’t add any more for long minutes and the game seemed to be over once Bustos scored a nice centre-goal for 4-8. Still, there was some hope. With 52 seconds to go, Charalampos Troulos finally netted an extra, then with 29 seconds into the fourth Kapotsis hit one from the action to make it 6-8. And the Greeks had a couple of more possessions to come even closer, once the post denied them, then in 27 seconds it was all over. Perrone buried a penalty, then Pavillard finished off a counter for 6-10 – even though there were still five minutes to play, it was hard to see another comeback from the Greeks. Indeed, it never happened. A bit later they netted a man-up, but soon Perrone’s brilliant action goal put the fight into bed. How they saw it Vladimir Vujasinovic, coach, Vouliagmeni “We played against a great team, one of the candidates for the title. I can say that it was a good match from our players but with a very bad man-up conversion. This made the difference in this game. We have to work on that, but we are looking forward – two weeks from now we meet Dinamo, and we hope we will get our first win in the Champions League.” Elvis Fatovic, coach, Barceloneta “Both teams played a very good defence, at the beginning we weren’t patient enough with their zone defence. They do it with great mobility while we were nervous, and our last passes weren’t good. We needed a couple of counter-attacks in the third period to go a ahead, the match was decided there.”

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Olympiacos make no mistake in Tbilisi

Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) v Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) 9-21 The Greeks learned from their own mistakes committed here last season – they were defeated which was still stunning though by then they had lost the chance to make the F8 –, and perhaps were also aware that Barceloneta had made a sluggish start two weeks ago and had to dig deep to push the game onto its desired path. After an early exchange of goals, Olympiacos hit four in a row, the first three from action and later closed out the first period with a great one-timer by Konstantinos Genidounias for a 2-6 lead. They were rolling on in the second, with three more in 2:10 minutes they jumped to a 2-9 lead so after just 12 minutes they settled the bill. One goal apiece inside the last minute before the middle break made it 3-10 at halftime, but more came in the third. The Greeks were really flying high, scored eight goals in this period. Dinamo fell apiece, in the last two minutes Olympiacos had four connecting counter-attacking goals. The visitors laid back a bit in the fourth, the game was more balanced as three goals came at both ends. The Greeks finished with 21, one better than last season, when they beat Dinamo 20-9 at home (and two shy of Recco’s last season single game scoring record of 23 goals).  Ioannis Fountoulis was the top scorer of the afternoon with 7 hits, it was a bit strange though that Serbian great Filip Filipovic produced 0/5 while his team staged such a scoring feast in the pool.

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Hallock hits three from the centre as Recco bounce back

Jadran Split (CRO) v Pro Recco (ITA) 9-13 Recco tried to make it clear right at the beginning that they were determined to bounce back from the opening day defeat (in Piraeus), and staged a fine run in the first period to take a massive 0-3 lead. A quick 6m goal, a man-up and another hit from action and two killed man-down set the tone. To reserve some hope at least, Marin Tomasovic netted Jadran’s third man-up 18 seconds before the first break. That helped as Luka Bukic went on netting an action goal early in the second for 2-3, so game ‘reopened’. In the following two minutes the pattern remained the same: Recco doubled their lead, the Croats halved it. After four consecutive possessions ending in a goal, the hosts had a couple of attempts to equalise, but could not create any danger. And despite of denying Recco in two man-ups, during the second, Andrea Fondelli’s shot after the corner-throw found the back of the net for 4-6. Jadran had a 6 on 5 after a time-out but missed it badly, while Ben Hallock netted a brilliant one from the centre for 4-7 and the Croats’ next man-up was wasted without a shot, so it didn’t look good at halftime. Jadran had a better spell in third, after they buried a 6 on 4, Fondelli also hit one from an extra, but the home side could score from back-to-back possessions in 44 seconds so they cut their deficit to a single goal once more at 7-8. Soon Recco lost the ball due to a 2m violation in man-up, but a block denied the hosts to go even, and Matteo Iocchi didn’t miss the next 6 on 5 for Recco. Jadran blew away another man-up without a shot while Giacomo Cannella’s one-timer from the wing reset the 3-goal difference at 7-10 and coach Mile Smodlaka looked anything but happy at Jadran’s bench. Jerko Marinic-Kragic converted a penalty soon for 8-10, and fine defending in a man-down prevented the Italians from going up by three before the break. After the middle two periods produced seven goals apiece, goals dried up a bit in the fourth. Jadran missed a 6 on 4 badly this time and they paid the price against the title-holders. When Hallock managed to push the ball in from close range from Fondelli’s great assist, Jadran was in trouble at 8-11 with 5:26 to go. And the clock was ticking down, but they were unable to break the Italian defence which was working brilliantly in this phase. Cannella added another action goal with 2:36 remaining and that ended the contest. Ivan Zovic could pull one back finally, his ball bounced in from the goalie’s hand, still it turned out to be Jadran’s only hit in the fourth, and it came too late, after 5:48 minutes. What’s more, Hallock could score another one from the centre, his third one – the American really made the difference in this match. How they saw it Mile Smodlaka, coach, Jadran “If you make so many mistakes, especially in defence, it’s impossible to win against good teams. Well, we played against the best team in Europe so I’m not very disappointed.” Sandro Sukno, coach, Recco “We played very well in attack, we scored 13 goals in an away game, which is great, and I’m really satisfied with that. Now we have some time to prepare for the remaining two games in December.”

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Recco bounce back, Olympiacos and Barceloneta roll on

Recco bounced back from the opening day defeat and came up with a commanding performance in Split. Olympiacos hit 21 in Tbilisi while Barceloneta downed Vouliagmeni in the second half. Radnicki almost blew a five-goal halftime lead away against Hannover but prevailed at the end. Group A, Day 2: Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) v Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) 9-21, NC Vouliagmeni (GRE) v Zodiac CNA Barceloneta (ESP) 7-11, Jadran Split (CRO) v Pro Recco (ITA) 9-13, Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB) v Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) 13-12. Standings: 1. Olympiacos 6, 2. Barceloneta 6, 3. Radnicki 4, 4. Recco 3, 5. Jadran 3, 6. Vouliagmeni 1, 7. Hannover 0, 8. Dinamo 0 Losing the opening game at the Euroean stage was something Recco barely experienced in the past – losing two in a row never happened to them, at least not at the beginning of any season. Still, after going down in Piraeus, they faced a tough test in Split, but passed it with flying colours. A 0-3 start set the tone, though the Croats kept coming back, the Italians never let them equalise. Their American centre-forward Ben Hallock was outstanding, netted three from the centre, he really made a difference in this match. Olympiacos had a much easier task in this round, and they didn’t make any mistake in Tbilisi. They stormed to a 3-10 lead by halftime and added eight goals in the third. Ioannis Fountoulis was on fire, netted seven goals. The Greeks stopped at 21, just two shy of Recco’s last season single-game record of 23. Barceloneta also enjoyed a fine evening in Athens. Vouliagmeni stood firm in the first half, trailed only 3-4 after sixteen minutes, but the Spaniards found their game in the third, hit four in eight minutes and never looked back. Radnicki had been four goals up at halftime on Day 1 but due to a collapse in the third period, then another one in the dying minutes they had to settle for a draw against Vouliagmeni. Now they led 9-4 in the middle break against Hannover and still had problems to hold on. The Germans came back twice, first in the third to 9-7, then they had a late surge in the fourth when netted five. However, their last goal came too late, eight seconds from time, so the Serbs recorded their first win. Fixtures, Wednesday Group B 19.00 Astralpool Sabadell (ESP) v Spandau 04 Berlin (GER) 19.00 Jug Adriatic Osiguranje Dubrovnik (CRO) v CN Marseille (FRA) 19.45 Novi Beograd (SRB) v Genesys OSC-Budapest (HUN) 20.30 AN Brescia (ITA) v FTC-Telekom Budapest (HUN)

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FACTS AND FIGURES – Main Round, Day 2

Facts and Figures Group A Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) v Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) Day 1: Dinamo v Barceloneta 8-14 – Olympiacos v Recco 9-7 Recent encounters 2021-22: 9-20, 14-13 NC Vouliagmeni (GRE) v Zodiac CNA Barceloneta (ESP) Day 1: Radnicki v Vouliagmeni 9-9 – Dinamo v Barceloneta 8-14 Recent encounters Never met in CL Jadran Split (CRO) v Pro Recco (ITA) Day 1: Hannover v Jadran 8-10 – Olympiacos v Recco 9-7 Recent encounters Never met in CL Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB) v Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) Day 1: Radnicki v Vouliagmeni 9-9 – Hannover v Jadran 8-10 Recent encounters Never met in CL Group B Astralpool Sabadell (ESP) v Spandau 04 Berlin (GER) Day 1: Sabadell v FTC 7-10 – Spandau v Novi B. 5-16 Recent encounters 2017-18: 9-11, 8-11 Jug Adriatic Osiguranje Dubrovnik (CRO) v CN Marseille (FRA) Day 1: Jug v Brescia 8-13 – Marseille v OSC 10-10 Recent encounters 2021-22: 9-14, 13-12, for 7-8th: 13-15. 2020-21: 11-10, 13-15, for 5-8th: 16-13 Novi Beograd (SRB) v Genesys OSC-Budapest (HUN) Day 1: Spandau v Novi B. 5-16 – Marseille v OSC 10-10 Recent encounters Never met in CL AN Brescia (ITA) v FTC-Telekom Budapest (HUN) Day 1: Jug v Brescia 8-13 – Sabadell v FTC 7-10 Recent encounters 2021-22: 8-8, 6-8, bronze medal: 12-14. 2020-21: 9-6, 10-7, semi-final: 12-14. 2018-19: 8-8, 10-5

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Flash Quotes – Main Round, Day 2

Group A 16.45 Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) v Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) Dejan Stanojevic, coach, Dinamo “Our next game is with Olympiacos, a team which didn’t meet the expectations last season and they kept the whole team and brought two more new top players and bring also a new head coach. Their president stood in front of the team and set the goal to be the Champions of Europe this season. We will have a chance to see fantastic players and a fantastic team here in Tbilisi. We had a lot of problems in the past ten days because we were not complete for a single practice as a virus attacked the team, players had fever. However, our obligation is to show in every game that we are improving we have progress in all game segments. Discipline, motivation, energy, patience, swimming must be on the highest level in every game. Jovan Saric, player, Dinamo “I can only say that we are a new team with some new players and for sure we need time to put everything on the level we want to achieve. Even in the first game against Barceloneta, we showed a certain quality. As for Olympiacos, they are almost identical with the Greek national team with few foreigners who are almost the best in the world in their positions, what they already showed in the first game against Pro Recco. Our goal is to give our maximum every game, to progress as a team.” Igor Milanovic, coach, Olympiacos “In the first game against Pro Recco, we had a good performance and we won the match. We want to do the same in Tbilisi against Dinamo. We have to remain focused with our game and show in the pool the hard work we do every day in training.” Marco Bijac, goalie, Olympiacos “Last season we made a lot of mistakes in Georgia, against Dinamo, so we have to be very careful tomorrow. I believe we are ready, we have prepared well, we are all healthy and that is the most important thing. We want to put in a similar performance what we had against Pro Recco, to continue our winning streak. Certainly, we have a lot to improve during the season. However, tomorrow is a good chance for us to get our second win in the Champions League. We will give our 100%, we will do everything, to return with a positive result to Greece.” 19.00 (18.00 CET) NC Vouliagmeni (GRE) v Zodiac CNA Barceloneta (ESP) Vladimir Vujasinovic, coach, Vouliagmeni “We are very satisfied that we are in a position to play against one of the best teams in Europe. Our goal in the Champions League, as in every game so far, is to play the best we can at this moment.” Dimitris Tzortzatos, player, Vouliagmeni “First, I have to say that Barceloneta is a really strong opponent. In my opinion, they have more quality in their roster than our previous opponents. We respect them a lot and we are aware that in the group stage of Champions League all the matches are tough. However, we believe that our squad is also good and well balanced. Our goal is to try to improve our style of play and to achieve the best result we can get in every single game. So, we will try to win. We know that we are not the favourites in this game, but if we play our best, I think we have a chance.” Elvis Fatovic, coach, Barceloneta “Our next game in the Champions League will be really hard. NC Vouliagmeni is a rising team, Greek water polo is famous for being technically good. They played a good game in Serbia. We expect an interesting match.” Martin Famera, player, Barceloneta “Vouliagmeni is a good team, one of the best in Greece. We haven’t played with them for a long time. So we need to prepare well, above all in defence because they have dangerous shooters. We need to give our best.” Alberto Munarriz, player, Barceloneta “For us, this is an important game. Our previous one in Tbilisi was difficult even though we finished the game with a good result. This will be the second game we play away from home. We need to go for the three points, we need to win. We know we face a team which play their first game at home, who will play organised and will be prepared for us. We need to start with a high rhythm and play our game.” 19.00 Jadran Split (CRO) v Pro Recco (ITA) Mile Smodlaka, coach, Jadran “We lost in the Super Cup against Jug, now we have won two games in Zagreb in the Regional League and lost one against Novi Beograd. My team played a lot of games so far and we are a bit tired, but that cannot be an excuse, we have to have a great game against Pro Recco. The Italian team has a Croatian coach Sandro Sukno, a legend from Jug whom I also played with in my playing years. I’m happy to have a chance to play against such a good team and I hope to have a big crowd in the stands.” Dean Savicevic, sport director, Jadran “They are the European Champions. A team that has the strongest roster and, together with Olympiacos and Novi Beograde, are favourites to win the title again. They lost to Olympiacos in the first round, they will come with an imperative to win. They have put together the Italian national team members with American centre Hallock and our former centre Loncar. They have the national team’s goalkeeper, it is a big challenge for us in our pool. We will try to play a game on the highest level. We played in the Regional League in Zagreb, it was a good tournament, we were close to get a point against the great team of Novi Beograd.  Mistakes must be limited to the minimum, we need to control the ball.

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Big time at the Adriatic

Within 24 hours, two big matches are to be played alongside the Adriatic coast in the second round of the Champions League. First, title-holder Recco visit Split on Tuesday, then F8 participant Marseille clash with Jug in Dubrovnik on Wednesday. Also, the rematch of last year’s bronze medal game between Brescia and Ferencvaros promises some extra excitements. As Recco’s Croatian centre-forward Luca Loncar put it, the title-holders have not been used to chasing others in the rankings but now this the case. After Recco were downed by Olympiacos in the opening round, the Italian giant is under pressure to win this following match. But it’s going to be another tough test as Jadran is getting stronger and stronger and in Split they can pose a threat to anyone (the last time Recco lost back-to-back matches in the League dates back to 2014 when they finished last in the Final Six.) The other ‘big boys’ in Group A seem to have an easier task, though Olympiacos need to erase some bad memories as they stunningly lost in Tbilisi last season when they were counted out from the race for the Final Eight. Barceloneta should be sharp but beating Vouliagmeni even in Athens should not be an extraordinary challenge. The clash of Radnicki and Hannover is crucial since behind the big three, Recco, Barceloneta and Olympiacos, these two sides are considered the top contenders for the fourth qualifying spot. Group B will offer some thrilling matchups too. Jug took a disastrous start and lost by five goals to Brescia, and it won’t be any easier against Marseille. Last season the French surprised them in Dubrovnik, though Jug hit back in the last round of the prelims, only to lose to them once more in the F8 in the game played for the 7th place. On that day FTC and Brescia met later, for the bronze, and the Hungarians won by the very same scoreline (14-12) as a year earlier in the semi-final. These two have always been entangled into outstanding battles in recent years, so this upcoming one is a must-see encounter for all water polo fans. Runner-up Novi Beograd took a flying start in Berlin and now play at home with the other Hungarian representative OSC, which were seconds away from upsetting Marseille on the opening day. The Serbs are the favourites, but the Magyars will have a word or two. In Sabadell two losing sides face off, Spandau arrive in much better shape than they had had two weeks ago, when most of their players just recovered from Covid. Watch all the games in LEN TV, for free live streaming and more visit www.championsleague.len.eu Fixtures, Day 2 Group A 16.45 (13.45 CET) Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) v Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) 19.00 (18.00 CET) NC Vouliagmeni (GRE) v Zodiac CNA Barceloneta (ESP) 19.00 Jadran Split (CRO) v Pro Recco (ITA) 20.30 Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB) v Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) Group B 19.00 Astralpool Sabadell (ESP) v Spandau 04 Berlin (GER) 19.00 Jug Adriatic Osiguranje Dubrovnik (CRO) v CN Marseille (FRA) 19.45 Novi Beograd (SRB) v Genesys OSC-Budapest (HUN) 20.30 AN Brescia (ITA) v FTC-Telekom Budapest (HUN)

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