sabato 18 ottobre 2014

Champions League Round 2 (day 2): Mladost, OSC win thrillers

The second day of action during the Champions League 2nd round weekend saw OSC and Mladost winning absolute thrilling encounters with the Hungarian side close to group win after collecting their second straight victory. At home the talented Sintez Kazan squad took a 1-2 lead at quarter-time before OSC waited until the final period to turn things around. Led by Ferenc Salamon (pictured) and Miklos Gor-Nagy, who scored 3 each, the Hungarians used a 5-goal performance in the 4th term to establish the lead which proved decisive as OSC topped Sintez Kazan 13-12. And after Romanian champions CSM Oradea defeated ASC Duisburg 15-11 behind 5 goals from Tiberiu Negrean, the first place in the group for the hosts seems more or less confirmed. Duisburg will be the weekend's final opponent on Sunday. Meanwhile Mladost won another thriller at home in group C as they knocked off Marseille 11-10 after standout Andrija Basic scored the winner with just under 5 seconds remaining. A bitter defeat for the French who came out ready to play and were superior in the first half leading 2-5 at half-time. However in the third session Mladost got back into it and eventually walked away with their first win after yesterday's 7-all draw with Jadran. Primorje meanwhile marched on in another clear win facing Jadran Herceg Novi on Saturday. The favourites quickly took a 3-0 lead and never looked back to win 11-4. Sandro Sukno netted 4 to take top scoring honours. An all important Sunday will see the battle for 2nd place being determined as Mladost takes on domestic rivals Primorje while Jadran Herceg Novi meets Marseille. A resurrection was on display in Hannover, Germany where Red Star, after falling to hosts Waspo 12-11 on Friday, simply dominated Russian champs Spartak Volgograd just a day later. With top scorer Strahinja Rasovic again going off, this time for 5 goals, the young Serbian side rolled away from the second quarter onwards and posted a convincing 4-14 win for their first points of the weekend. Pro Recco made no mistake facing hosts Waspo 98 Hannover. The German home side was held scoreless in the opening quarter as the Igor Milanovic coached side walked even further away in a one-sided second half to eventually win 5-14 with young gun Francesco di Fulvio ending up top scorer with 4. As expected the Italians with this win pretty much secured the top spot in the group and a favourable draw for the next 3rd (play-off) round. First up however is the group's final match-up, with Red Star Belgrade, on Sunday morning. Recco eliminated then title-holders Red Star in last year's play-off round on penalties over 2 matches. In group D Szolnok recovered from their stunning defeat on Friday as they ousted Posillipo 14-4 in a rebound performance. Daniel Varga and Stefan Mitrovic (3 each) led the way for Szolnok who is in the race to avoid an early elimination by claiming 2nd place behind Radnicki and started off well beating the Italian opponents. On Sunday the Hungarians will meet Turkish outsider Yuzme Istanbul in an encounter that will likely confirm Szolnok's 2nd spot in the group. 

Radnicki vs. Yuzme Istanbul
The second round of Champions league qualification continued Saturday in Kragujevac and the local boys from Radnicki had an easy task against Yuzme Ihtisas with a blowout victory as a result: 18-3.

On the wings of the huge victory against Szolnok on Friday Radnicki capitalized the momentum and good form to overcome the visitors. The Turkish team was involved just in the opening minutes taking a lead at 1-0, 2-1, but after that wasn't able to score for nearly 30 minutes. On the other side the versatile home players used pressure in defence and multiple counter attacks to finish the game before half-time. Stefan Zivojinovic was in the Radnicki goal replacing usual starter Zdravko Radic and managed to stop two penalty shots to further lower Yuzme’s selfconfidence.

On offence Boris Popovic had a good game from the outside line, away from his usual centre-forward position scoring twice and assisting, too. Srdjan Vuksanovic and Milos Milicic top scored with five each.

Szolnok vs. Posillipo

Szolnok proved too strong for Posilipo in the second round of Champions League qualification with an easy 14-4 victory. The Hungarian vice-champions bounced back from Friday’s defeat against Radnicki to secure the final round as they in the last match play with outsiders Yuzme early Sunday.

Szolnok was up from the beginning, and goalie Victor Nagy was in form to leave the Naples based side without a goal for 10 minutes. With a 4-goal lead into the third quarter finish Posillipo captain Valentino Gallo was red carded for brutality when he unintentionally hit Denes Varga in the face after a struggle. With four minutes extra man Szolnok easily concluded the game with a big margin.

Centre-forward Gabor Kis was the main strength for the Hungarians in the beginning of the match before the outside line took over with Daniel Varga and Stefan Mitrovic scoring three each. Vincenzo Iodice Renzuto manage to score two for the Italians.

Reports: Srdjan Tomic.
Photographs: Vojislav Petrovic.

Group A (played in Hannover, Germany)

Saturday, 18 October:

Spartak Volgograd vs. Red Star Belgrade 4-14 (1-2, 1-4, 2-4, 0-4)
Spartak scorers: Vitaly Yurchik, Yury Chesev, Artem Ashaev, Sergey Lisunov.

Red Star scorers: Strahinja Rasovic 5, Tomasevic 3, Vikor Rasovic 3, Radomir Drasovic, Sava Randjelovic, Aleksandar Njegovan.

Waspo 98 Hannover vs. Pro Recco 5-14 (0-3, 2-2, 1-5, 2-4)
Waspo scorers: Erik Bukowski 2, Marko Bolovic 2, Mate Balatoni.

Pro Recco scorers: Francesco di Fulvio 4, Dusko Pijetlovic 2, Aleksandar Ivovic 2, Filip Filipovic 2, Alex Giorgetti 2, Federico Lapenna, Massimo Giacoppo.

Sunday, 19 October:

10.30: Pro Recco vs. Red Star Belgrade
12.30: Waspo 98 Hannover vs. Spartak Volgograd

Friday, 17 October:

Spartak Volgograd (RUS) vs. Pro Recco (ITA) 8-14 (0-4, 2-4, 2-3, 4-3)
Spartak scorers: Pavel Khalturin 2, Alexey Agarkov 2, Stepan Andryukov, Sergey Lisunov, Andrey Rekechninsky, Nikolay Lazarev.

Pro Recco scorers: Dusko Pijetlovic 3, Alex Giorgetti 3, Aleksandar Ivovic 2, Maro Jokovic 2, Filip Filipovic 2, Massimo Giacoppo, Andrija Prlainovic.

Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) vs. Red Star Belgrade (SRB) 11-10 (3-3, 2-2, 4-1, 2-4)

Waspo scorers: Predrag Jokic 3, Marko Bolovic 3, Erik Bukowski 2, Bence Toth, Bojan Paunovic, Mate Balatoni.

Red Star scorers: Strahinja Rasovic 4, Dimitrije Obradovic 2, Viktor Rasovic, Radomir Drasovic, Nikola Eskert, Ivan Rackov.

Group B (played in Budapest, Hungary)

Saturday, 18 October:

CSM Digi Oradea vs. ASC Duisburg 15-11 (0-3, 7-1, 4-1, 4-6)
Oradea scorers: Tiberiu Negrean 5, Vojislav Cupic 2, Ramiro Georgescu 2, Kalmar Kadar 2, Marko Avramovic, Milos Korolija, Roland Szabo, Gheorghe Dunca.

Duisburg scorers: Pol Goma 3, Paul Schueler 3, Dennis Eidner, Julian Real, Daniel Grohs, Jan Obschernikat, Christian Theis.

OSC vs. Sintez Kazan 13-12 (1-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-3)
OSC scorers: Ferenc Salamon 3, Miklos Gor-Nagy 3, Bence Batori 2, Kevin Graham 2, Adam Decker, Gabor Kovacs, Erik Bunschuh.

Kazan scorers: Artem Odintsov 3, Dmitrii Elizarov 3, Mikhail Ivankov 2, Vladislav Timakov 2, Zeljko Kovacic, Viacheslav Zhitnik.

Sunday 19 October:

16.00: OSC vs. ASC Duisburg
17.45: CSM Digi Oradea vs. Sintez Kazan

Friday, 17 October:
ASC Duisburg (GER) vs. Sintez Kazan (RUS) 10-17 (3-4, 0-6, 4-3, 3-4)
Duisburg scorers: Paul Schueler 3, Petru Ianc 2, Philipp Kalberg 2, Dennis Eidner, Manuel Grohs, Daniel Grohs.

Kazan scorers: Vladislav Timakovc 4, Zeljko Kovacic 3, Ivan Nagaev 3, Alexey Alenichev Rizhov 3, Roman Shepelev 2, Igor Pliskevich, Viacheslav Zhitnik.

OSC (HUN) vs. CSM Digi Oradea (ROU) 12-7 (5-0, 4-3, 2-0, 1-4)

OSC scorers: Bence Batori 4, Adam Decker 2, Ferenc Salamon 2, Drasko Brguljan 2, Gabor Hegedus, Kevin Graham.

Oradea scorers: Marko Avramovic, Tiberiu Negrean, Milos Korolija, Catalin Alexa, Alex Popoviciu, Gheorghe Dunca, Ramiro Georgscu.

Group C (played in Zagreb, Croatia)

Saturday, 18 October:

HAVK Mladost Zagreb vs. CN Marseille 11-10 (1-3, 1-2, 5-2, 4-3)

Mladost scorers: Andrija Basic 5, Antonio Buha 2, Luka Bukic, Luka Loncar, Luka Lozina, Ivan Zivkovic.

Marseille scorers: Ugo Crousillat 3, John Mann 2, Alexandra Camarasa, Sebastien Monneret, Tyler Martin, Enzo Khasz.

Primorje Rijeka vs. Jadran Herceg Novi 11-4 (3-0, 2-1, 2-0, 4-3)
Primorje scorers: Sandro Sukno 4, Marko Elez 3, Cosmin Radu 2, Andelo Setka, Damir Buric.

Jadran HN scorers: Aleksa Ukropina, Jovan Saric, Vladan Spaic, Dragan Draskovic.

Sunday, 19 October:

10.30: Jadran Herceg Novi vs. CN Marseille
12.30: HAVK Mladost Zagreb vs. Primorje Rijeka

Friday, 17 October:

HAVK Mladost Zagreb (CRO) vs. Jadran Herceg Novi (MNE) 7-7 (1-2, 3-1, 1-1, 2-3)

Mladost scorers: Ivan Zivkovic 2, Luka Bukic, Ivan Milakovic, Luka Loncar, Marin Dasic, Ante Vukicevic.

Jadran HN scorers: Aleksa Ukropina 2, Luka Sekulic 2, Nikola Moskoc, Dragan Draskovic, Stefan Pjesivac

Primorje Rijeka (CRO) vs. CN Marseille (FRA) 17-8 (6-2, 4-3, 1-1, 6-2)

Primorje scorers: Sandro Sukno 4, Damir Buric 3, Petar Muslim 3, Cosmin Radu 2, Ivan Krapic 2, Marko Elez 2, Andelo Setka.

Marseille scorers: Alexandre Camarasa 3, Ugo Crousillat 2, Thibaut Simon, Tyler Martin, Igor Kovacevic.

Group D (played in Kragujevac, Serbia)

Saturday, 18 October:

VK Radnicki Kragujevac vs. Yuzme Istanbul 18-3 (4-2, 3-0, 4-0, 7-1)
Radnicki scorers: Milos Milici 5, Srdjan Vuksanovic 5, Ivan Basara 4, Boris Popovic 2, Filip Trajkovic, Josip Vrlic.

Yuzme scorers: Yigithan Hantal 2, Petar Ivosevic.

Szolnok vs. CN Posillipo 14-4 (2-0, 3-1, 4-2, 5-1)
Szolnok scorers: Daniel Varga 3, Stefan Mitrovic 3, Marton Vamos 2, Tamas Mezei 2, Gabor Kis 2, Milan Aleksic, Denes Varga.

Posillipo scorers: Vicenzo Renzuto Iodice 2, Gianluigi Foglio, Valentino Gallo.

Sunday, 19 October:

10.00: Yuzme Istanbul vs. Szolnok
11.30: VK Radnicki Kragujevac vs. CN Posillipo

Friday, 17 October:

Yuzme Istanbul (TUR) vs. CN Posillipo (ITA) 6-14 (0-4, 2-4, 2-4, 2-2)
Yuzme scorers: Ivan Bebic 3, Josip Sutalo 2, Yigitan Hantal.

Posillipo scorers: Vicenzo Renzuto Iodice 4, Lorenzo Briganti 2, Filip Klikovac 2, Vicenzo Dolce, Aleksandar Radovic, valentino Gallo, Elio Russo, Stefano Mauro.

VK Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB) vs. Szolnok (HUN) 12-10 (6-3, 3-2, 1-2, 2-3)

Radnicki scorers: Marko Cuk 3, Filip Trajkovic 2, Nikola Dedovic 2, Boris Popovic, Dusan Markovic, Josip Vrlic, Ivan Basara, Srdjan Vuksanovic.

Szolnok scorers: Denes Varga 4, Norbert Madaras 2, Daniel Varga 2, Tamas Mezei, Stefan Mitrovic.

Top 2 of these groups advance to play-off qualification round 3 (29 October; leg 1 - 12 November; leg 2).

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