Brescia edges Ortigia in a thrilling 9:8 to take the lead in Semifinal, while Pro Recco dominates Telimar in an easy 18:9 win for a 1:0 lead.
Dramatic result in semifinal playoff for 5-8 place, Trieste claim last-minute victory against Posillipo 11:10 for a 1-0 lead.
Playoff, semifinals 1-4 place
Brescia – Ortigia 9:8 (3:1, 3:0, 2:4, 1:3)
Brescia: Alesiani 3, Luongo 3, Di Somma 1, Kharkov 1, Vapenski 1.
Ortigia: Cassia 2, Condemi 2, Ferrero 1, Vidovic 1, Gorria Puga 1.
In a thrilling match between Brescia and Ortigia, both teams put up a strong fight throughout the game. The match started with Brescia taking an early lead with a goal from Di Somma, but Ortigia quickly responded with a goal from Ferrero to tie the game at 1-1. Brescia then went on a scoring spree, making a series of six goals in a row to take a commanding lead of 7-1 by the 20th minute. However, Ortigia refused to back down and made an impressive comeback with four consecutive goals to narrow the gap to 7-5. Brescia managed to score one more goal before the end of the third period to make it 8-5. In the fourth period, they made another series of three goals in a row to tie the game at 8-8 in the 30th minute. With only 25 seconds left in the match, Brescia managed to score the winning goal thanks to Alesani, securing their victory with a final score of 9-8.
Pro Recco – Telimar 18:9 (5:4, 5:1, 6:2, 2:2)
Pro Recco: Zalanki 3, Hallock 3, Di Fulvio 2, Younger 2, Presciutti 2, Ivovic 2, Iocchi Grata 2, Velotto 1, Echenique 1.
Telimar: Giorgetti 4, Hooper 2, Lo Dico 1, Lo Cascio 1, Del Basso 1.
The match between Pro Recco and Telimar began with Telimar taking an early lead, scoring two goals in a row to lead 0:2. However, Pro Recco responded quickly, scoring two goals to tie the game at 2:2. As the first period progressed, Pro Recco managed to pull ahead, scoring three more goals while Telimar managed to score only two, leaving the score at 5:4 in favor of Pro Recco. In the second period, Pro Recco dominated, scoring five goals and allowing only one goal from Telimar, bringing the halftime score to 10:5 in favor of Pro Recco. The third period saw Pro Recco continuing to extend their lead, with the European champions growing their advantage to 16:7. In the last eight minutes of the match, both teams scored two goals each, resulting in a final score of 18:9 in favor of Pro Recco.
Playoff, semifinals 5-8 place
Trieste – Posillipo 11:10 (5:4, 2:2, 1:2, 3:2)
Trieste: Inaba 3, Mladossich 3, Buljubasic 2, Petrino 1, Bini 1, Razzi 1.
Posillipo: Stevenson 3, Abramson 2, Milicic 1, Saccoia 1, Briganti 1, Mattiello 1, Iodice 1.
The first period was high-scoring with nine goals. Trieste scored five goals and allow Posillipo four for 5:4 at the end of the first period. In the second period both teams scored two goals for 7:6. After missed penalty of Trieste at the start third period, the visitors took the tie 8:8 at the end of the third period. At the start of the last period team from Naples scored two goals in a row for 8:10. Trieste returned in the 30th minute at 10:10. The host took victory with Petrino’s goal in the 31st minute. The final result was 10:11.
The second semifinal in the playoff for 5-8 place will play: Savona – Quinto (5th May)
Anzio – Catania 11:8 (3:2, 5:4, 2:2, 1:0)
Anzio: Presciutti 3, Cuccovillo 3, Koprcina 3, Lapenna 1, Goreta 1.
Catania: Camilleri 2, Catania 1, Privitera 1, De Freitas Guimaraes 1, La Rosa 1, Torrisi 1, Ferlito 1.
In a thrilling match, Anzio came to defeat Catania with a final score of 11:8. The game started with Catania taking an early lead of 1:2, but Anzio managed to score two goals before the end of the first quarter, putting them ahead with a score of 3:2. The second period of the game was intense, with both teams playing their best. Anzio managed to score five goals in this period, while Catania scored four, leaving the halftime score at 8:6 in favor of Anzio. In the third quarter, both teams scored two goals each, which left Anzio still leading by two points with a score of 10:8. The game’s final period saw Anzio grow their advantage by one more goal, leaving the final score at 11:8 in favor of Anzio.
De Akker – Salerno 12:11 (4:1, 1:2, 3:4, 4:4)
De Akker: Alfonso 4, Cocchi 3, Manzi 3, Deserti 1, Milakovic 1.
Salerno: Gallo 5, Barroso Macarro 3, Luongo 2, Pica 1.
In a thrilling waterpolo match, De Akker took an early lead in the first period with a series of four goals, putting them ahead 4:0. However, Salerno managed to score two goals in a row to close the gap to 4:2. Both teams scored one goal each for a halftime score of 5:3 in favor of De Akker. In the third period, Salerno managed to take the lead for the first time in the match with a score of 6:8 in the 20th minute. However, De Akker responded quickly and regained the lead, going ahead 9:8 until the end of the third period. In the final period, Salerno took the lead again with a score of 10:11 in the 29th minute. De Akker managed to tie the game up at 11:11 in the 31st minute, but in the last minute, Anzio scored the winning goal through Cocchi, securing a hard-fought victory with a final score of 12:11.
Semifinals, 1-4 place (6th May) – best-of-three
Telimar – Pro Recco
Ortigia – Brescia
Semifinals, 5-8 place (6th May) – best-of-three
Posillipo – Trieste
Semifinals, playout (6th May) – best-of-three
Catania – Anzio
Salerno – De Akker
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