domenica 19 ottobre 2014

Champions League Round 2: Radnicki, Pro Recco, Primorje, OSC group winners

The first group to conclude its Champions League second round matches was group D in Kragujevac, Serbia where hosts Radnicki completed a successful weekend topping the standings thanks to three straight wins after the Serbs defeated Posillipo 9-5 on Sunday. Szolnok made sure to finish second beating Turkish opponent Yuzme Istanbul 11-17 behind Marton Vamos' 5 goals so that both Radnicki and Szolnok have qualified for the 3rd and play-off qualification round with Radnicki awaiting a second-place opponent of the other group while Szolnok is yet to learn one of other group winners as their final hurdle before the preliminary phase starts. One of that other group's first place sides surely is Pro Recco who completed their unbeaten run in the second round by dominating Red Star Belgrade 17-6 in Hannover to top group A. Pietro Figlioli led all scorers with 4 for the Italian favourites in a one-sided affair. Absent however was Filip Filipovic who in the last minute of yesterday's match broke his little finger and is expected to be out of action at least 6 weeks watching Sunday's encounter from the bench. The battle for second place got a surprising turn when Spartak Volgograd defeated hosts Waspo 98 Hannover 10-14 to creat a three-way tie and eventually having the youngsters of Red Star Belgrade securing the 2nd spot thanks to a better goal scoring difference. Their '+8', only of the matches played between the sides equalled in points, proved better then Waspo's -3 and Spartak's -6.  And so the Germans won the goal difference battle for 3rd place and thus continue in the Euro Cup 2nd round while reigning Euro Cup champs Spartak Volgograd are out of European competition for this season. In group C, in Zagreb, Croatia, Jadran Herceg Novi did what they could to keep a possible 2nd place finish in sight topping Marseille 9-6 so that the result of the Mladost-Primorje match-up will determine the pair of teams to advance to the 3rd round. It proved favourable for both of the Croatian favourites as Primorje used a comeback in the final period to edge their rivals 6-7 to finish 1st unbeaten while Mladost completed a nice weekend joining Primorje into the third qualification round as they goal difference (0) proved better than Jadrans' -4 so that the Vladimir Gojkovic coached squad will continue their European adventure in the Euro Cup tournament. OSC confirmed their top spot in group B in Budapest later on Sunday afternoon holding off Duisburg 11-8. The Germans showed their toughness in the teams' final match of the weekend but the home side gradually secured the victory in the second half backed by a balanced offensive performance that included 8 difference goal scorers including the trio of Bence Batori, Zsolt Juhasz and Gabor Kovacs netting 2 for the winners. Romanian champs CSM Oradea finished 2nd by beating Kazan in a head-to-head battle for 2nd place 14-9 on Sunday. The Romanians pulled off the valuable victory in the fourth quarter behind top scorer Milos Korolija (3) and four players netting 2. Kazan meanwhile will continue in the Euro Cup second round. The draw for the play-off 3rd round is expected to be held by LEN on Monday. 

Radnicki vs. Posillipo
Radnicki concluded the Champions League second round with another victory on the final day against Posillipo 9-5. The important victory came after a somewhat weak performance, as the Italians missed red carded captain Valentino Gallo on an already weakened team due to stomach flu and injury problems.

Due to that reasons there was only seven players in rotation of the Italian team which resulted that most of players were in the pool every second of the game. In spite of that Posilipo started strongly and after 5 minutes of play made 3-0 lead. Radnicki struggled to find rhythm and goalkeeper Tommaso Negri was in form to stop attempts and put some nervous in the Radnicki shooters.

But a lack of concentration in the final seconds of the first and second quarter cost the Naples base side their lead at half-time (5-5). And in second half Posillipo resisted but due to lack of players could not avoid the defeat. Milos Milicic continued his good form and for the second game in row top scored with 3 goals, Marko Cuk added two while Aleksandar Radovic netted 3 as well for visitors.

Report: Srdjan Tomic.

Champions League
Round 2

Group A (played in Hannover, Germany)

Sunday, 19 October:

Pro Recco vs. Red Star Belgrade 17-6 (5-1, 4-1, 4-2, 4-2)

Pro Recco scorers: Pietro Figlioli 4, Maro Jokovic 2, Dusko Pijetlovic 2, Aleksandar Ivovic 2, Alex Giorgetti, Andrija Prlainovic, Niccolo Gitto.

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

Waspo 98 Hannover vs. Spartak Volgograd 10-14 (3-4, 4-4, 1-5, 2-1)
Waspo scorers: Mate Balatoni 3, Andreas Schlotterbeck 2, Haarstick 2, Marko Bolovic, Erik Bukowski, Bence Toth.

Spartak scorers: Nikolay Lazarev 4, Artem Ashaev 3, Vitaly Yurchick 2, Pavel Khalturin, Yury Chesev, Adel Latypov, Sergey Lisunov, Andrey Rekechinsky.

Final standings:

1. Pro Recco* 3 - 9 pts
2. Red Star Belgrade* 3 - 3  (+8)
3. Waspo 98 Hannover^ 3 - 3  (-3)
4. Spartak Volgograd  3 - 3  (-6)

n.b.: goal difference only from matches between teams tied in points.

Photographs: Marcel ter Bals.

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.

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.

Group B (played in Budapest, Hungary)

Sunday 19 October:

OSC vs. ASC Duisburg 11-8 (1-1, 4-3, 3-2, 3-2)
OSC scorers: Bence Batori 2, Zsolt Juhasz 2, Gabor Kovacs 2, Adam Szentesi, Kevin Graham, Miklos Gor-Nagy, Erik Bundschuh, Drasko Brguljan.

Duisburg scorers: Dennis Eidner 2, Paul Schueler 2, Julian Real, Philipp Kalberg, Daniel Grohs, Christian Theis.

CSM Digi Oradea vs. Sintez Kazan 14-9 (3-2, 5-4, 3-2, 3-1)
Oradea scorers: Milos Korolija 3, Marko Avramovic 2, Tiberiu Negrean 2, Alex Popoviciu 2, Vojislav Cupic 2, Gheorghe Dunca, Ramiro Georgescu, Kalmar Kadar.

Kazan scorers: Ivan Nagaev 4, Igor Pliskevich, Artem Odintsov, Alexey Rizhov Alenichev, Dmitri Elizarov, Roman Shepelev.

Final standings:

1. OSC* 3 - 9 pts
2. CSM Digi Oradea* 3 - 6
3. Sintez Kazan^ 3 - 3
4. ASC Duisburg 3 - 0

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.

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.

Group C (played in Zagreb, Croatia)

Sunday, 19 October:

Jadran Herceg Novi vs. CN Marseille 9-6 (2-0, 4-2, 1-2, 2-2)Jadran HN scorers: Aleksa Ukropina 3, Jovan Saric 2, Luka Sekulic, Bojan Banicevic, Dragan Draskovic, Stefan Pjesivac.

Marseille scorers: Sebastien Monneret 2, Igor Kovacevic 2, Thibaut Simon, Enzo Khasz.

HAVK Mladost Zagreb vs. Primorje Rijeka 6-7 (4-2, 1-1, 0-1, 1-3)
Mladost scorers: Luka Loncar 2, Ivan Milakovic, Antonio Buha, Marko Pavicic, Andrija Basic.

Primorje scorers: Damir Buric 2, Cosmin Radu, Sandro Sukno, Petar Muslim, Andelo Setka, Xavi Garcia.

Final standings:

1. Primorje Rijeka* 3 - 9 pts
2. Mladost Zagreb* 3 - 4  (0)
3. Jadran Herceg Novi^ 3 - 4  (-4)
4. CN Marseille 3 - 0

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.

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.

Group D (played in Kragujevac, Serbia)

Sunday, 19 October:

Yuzme Istanbul vs. Szolnok 11-17 (4-4, 2-7, 4-3, 1-3)
Yuzme scorers: Ivan Bebic 4, Josip Sutalo 3, Nadir Sonmez 2, Petar Ivosevic, Yigithan Hantal.

Szolnok scorers: Marton Vamos 5, Marton Toth 2, Daniel Varga 2, Denes Varga 2, Gabor Kis 2, David Jansik, Stefan Mitrovic, Zivko Gocic, Tamas Mezei.

VK Radnicki Kragujevac vs. CN Posillipo 9-5 (1-3, 3-1, 1-0, 4-1)
Radnicki scorers: Milos Milicic 3, Marko Cuk 2, Dusan Markovic, Josip Vrlic, Ivan Basara, Nikola Dedovic.

Posillipo scorers: Aleksandar Radovic 3, Vincenzo Dolce, Elio Russo.

Final standings:

1. VK Radnicki Kragujevac* 3 - 9 pts
2. Szolnok* 3 - 6
3. CN Posillipo^ 3 - 3
4. Yuzme Istanbul 3 - 0

Photograph: Vojislav Petrovic.

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.

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.

*  Advance to play-off qualification round 3 (29 October; leg 1 - 12 November; leg 2)
^ Continue in Euro Cup qualification round 2.

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