giovedì 26 marzo 2015

Champions League: Milan Aleksic shoots Szolnok past Jug

Milan Aleksić

Just when the composition of the tense group A in the Champions League looked to have taken its form after 6 rounds of play, things were back to 'far from over' on day 7 Wednesday as Radnicki defeated Brescia at home 13-10 on a better first half while Olympiacos struck back after a recent dissapointing strech in the Champions League by topping group's 2nd seed ZF-Eger at home in Piraeus 8-6, fueled by a dominating 2nd-quarter performance and critical game's final goal by Olympiacos centre-forward Christodoulos Kolomvos with just 0.18 on the clock to decide the outcome in Olympiacos favour. Fellow centre-forward Konstantinos Mourkis and Spanish lefthander Blai Mallarach led the scoring for the winners with 2 apiece. Norbert Hosnyanszky netted 3 for Eger who remain in 2nd place, the last spot to qualify for the Final Six out of group A, but do see Radnick now trailing just a single point. Radnicki managed to stay in the race by holding off Brescia in a tough match-up. But thanks to a fine start and better first half, the home side established a lead that they would maintain throughout despite some fierce opposition by the Italians who knew the importance of this match-up. Radnicki however, led by Nikola Dedovic' 4 goals, did not let go and secured a valuable 3-goal victory that puts them in 3rd place, right behind 2nd seed Eger, while Brescia drops to last place in the group's standings.

Meanwhile in group B, Primorje did what was expected but faced a tough Partizan side who put up quite a game for three quarters, before the home side secured a seemingly comfortable win in the final period thanks to a 4-1 run to post a 14-8 final score in their favour. Romanian centre-forward Cosmin Radu and Sandro Sukno led all scorers with 3. A balanced attack by Partizan saw 8 different goal scorers on their scoresheet.

Milan Aleksic emerged as game winner in the biggest match-up of the day, played in Szolnok, as he shot the home team past Jug Dubrovnik in the seconds of the match to now be sole leaders of group B, hinting to qualify for the Final Six semi-finals directly. The game in Szolnok was finished with 3 penalty shots. The second, converted by Jug veteran Nikola Janovic, who shot home his second of the night, brought the score back to a tied situation: 7-7. However, Ante Viskovic made a controversial penalty foul in the tense final seconds throwing away the ball upon a Hungarian free throw which in the new rules means an automatic penalty. Clearly the young Jug leftie was not aware of that. Milan Aleksic stepped up and hit what became the game winner. Aleksic, Marton vamos and Denes Varga led the home team scorers with 2 apiece. Janovic was joined by Miho Boskovic as Jug top scorers, also scoring twice each.

In the battle to avoid last place in group B German representative Spandau came up with a close 10-9 win over Galatasaray in their second victory of this campaign. A pivotal goal by Moritz Oeler in the last minute, to give the home team a 10-8 lead, proved to be the game winner, as the response by Galatasaray's Filip Kljajevic, twenty seconds later, came too late for the Turkish champions who now close out the group standings with still just 1 win so far.

Elsewhere Pro Recco simply marched on. Hosting reigning European Champions Barceloneta, this year's title favourites Recco dominated from start to finish and extended their unbeaten run with a 17-7 victory. Matteo Aicardi led the 10 goal scorers of the home side with 3 goals. Francisco Fernandez produced the same offence for Barceloneta who were outplayed in the first half but managed to score 7 goals with Recco slowing down their brutal pace and defence a bit. Recco now also theoratically is qualified for the Final Six, having secured first place in group A. Barceloneta, as host of the event, was already automatically qualified. The race for 2nd place in the group will determine the 3rd representative to be present in Barcelona late May. 

Day 8 will be played on Wednesday 8 April. 

Champions League 2014-2015
Preliminary round

Day 7

Wednesday, 25 March:

VK Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB) vs. AN Brescia (ITA) 13-10 (2-0, 2-2, 4-4, 5-4)
Radnicki scorers: Nikola Dedovic 4, Josip Vrlic 2, Ivan Basara 2, Srdjan Vuksanovic 2, Marko Cuk 2, Dusan Markovic.

Brescia scorers: Christian Presciutti 3, Valerio Rizzo 3, Alessandro Nora 2, Federico Pagani, Deni Fiorentini.

Primorje EB Rijeka (CRO) vs. Partizan Raiffeisen Belgrade (SRB) 14-8 (0-0, 3-2, 7-5, 4-1)
Primorje scorers: Cosmin Radu 3, Sandro Sukno 3, Ivan Krapic 2, Andelo Setka 2, Damir Buric, Ivan Buljubasic, Marko Elez, Xavi Garcia.

Partizan scorers: Luuk Gielen, Dusan Mandic, Gavril Subotic, Drasko Gogov, Nikola Jaksic, Filip Radojevic, Ognjen Stojanovic, Mateja Asanovic.

Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) vs. ZF-Eger (HUN) 8-6 (2-2, 4-1, 0-1, 2-2)
Olympiacos scorers: Konstantinos Mourikis 2, Blai Mallarach 2, Emmanouil Mylonakis, Evangelos Delakas, Kiriakos Pontikeas, Christodoulos Kolomvos.

Eger scorers: Norbert Hosnyansznky 3, Milos Cuk 2, Marton Szivos.

Wasserfreunde Spandau Berlin (GER) vs. Galatasaray Istanbul (TUR) 10-9 (2-1, 3-3, 3-3, 2-2)
Spandau scorers: Marin Restovic 4, Moritz Oeler 2, Martin Famera, Christian Schlanstedt, Mateo Cuk, Petar Markovic.

Galatasaray scorers: Filip Kljajevic 3, Vjekoslav Paskovic 3, Mladjan Janovic 2, Nikola Vukcevic.

Szolnoki VSK (HUN) vs. Jug CO Dubrovnik (CRO) 8-7 (3-0, 1-2, 2-2, 2-3)
Szolnok scorers: Marton Vamos 2, Milan Aleksic 2, Denes Varga 2, Zivko Gocic, Stefan Mitrovic.

Jug scorers: Miho Boskovic 2, Nikola Janovic 2, Aaron Younger, Loren Fatovic, Marko Ivankovic.

Pro Recco (ITA) vs. CN Atletic-Barceloneta (ESP) 17-7 (5-1, 6-3, 2-1, 4-2)
Pro Recco scorers: Matteo Aicardi 3, Maro Jokovic 2, Alex Giorgetti 2, Dusko Pijetlovic 2, Massimo Giacoppo 2, Filip Filipovic 2, Francesco di Fulvio, Andrija Prlainovic, Niccolo' Figari, Aleksandar Ivovic.

Barceloneta scorers: Francisco Fernandez 3, Albert Español, Marc Minguell, Gonzalo Echenique, Roger Tahull.

The current standings are:

Group A
1. Pro Recco 7 - 21 pts
2. ZF-Eger 7 - 10
3. VK Radnicki Kragujevac 7 - 9
4. C.N. Atletic-Barceloneta 7 - 8
5. Olympiacos Piraeus 7 - 7
6. AN Brescia 7 - 5

Group B
1. Szolnoki VSK 7 - 18 pts
2. Primorje EB Rijeka 7 - 15
3. Jug CO Dubrovnik 7 - 15
4. Partizan Raiffeisen Belgrade 7 - 6
5. Wasserfreunde Spandau Berlin 7 - 6
6. Galatasaray Istanbul 7 - 3

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