Two big games were played in Budapest on Day 6 of the Champions League Group B.
In today’s first match in the capital of Hungary, Pro Recco defeated OSC Budapest 14:10.
During the halftime of the encounter between OSC and Recco, the match Ferencvaros – Mladost started. Reigning European champion Ferencvaros beat Mladost convincingly – 14:5.
Pro Recco and Ferencvaros, which shared the points in Bologna in the previous round (13:13), remained unbeaten. Ferencvaros keeps the 1st place with 16 points (5 wins and a draw), two more than Pro Recco, which has recorded 4 wins and two draws (against Ferencvaros and Mladost).
Terrassa upset LEN Euro Cup winner Marseille – 10:9.
Hannover and Dinamo, the teams which had no points before Day 6, faced off in Tbilisi. Hannover, the visiting team posted a narrow 11:10 to earn the first points.
OSC Budapest – Pro Recco 10:14 (2:3, 3:3, 3:5, 2:3)
OSC Budapest:Manhercz 4, Prlainovic 4, Randjelovic 1, Burian 1.
Pro Recco: Mandic 5, Di Fulvio 3, Renzuto 2, Ivovic 1, Luongo 1, Filipovic 1, Aicardi 1.
Pro Recco controlled the match. OSC was coming back from time to time, but it wasn’t enough for the win.
Pro Recco built a nice 3-goal lead in the opening minutes of the 2nd quarter (5:2 and 6:3), but the hosts, led by Andrija Prlainovic and Krisztian Manhercz, reduced the gap to 1 by halftime (5:6), while they equalized early in the third period (6:6). Recco’s captain Aleksandar Ivovic put his team ahead by scoring from an extra player (7:6), while Manherz immediately leveled the score (7:7). Recco’s leftie Dusan Mandic scored two goals in a span of 38 seconds and his team went 9:7 up. In the middle of the fourth period, OSC’s centre-back and Mandic’s teammate from the national team of Serbia Sava Randjelovic converted a man-up for 8:9.
The visitors reacted with three unanswered goals. Everything was decided in the 1st minute of the last period when Mandic scored a nice backhander from 6 meters for 12:8. In the remaining time, the Italians maintained the distance.
Ferencvaros – Mladost 14:5 (5:1, 2:3, 4:0, 3:1)
Ferencvaros Telekom: Vamos 3, Younger 2, Varga 2, Jansik 2, Fountoulis 2, Sedlmayer 1, Pohl 1, Mezei 1.
HAVK Mladost: Vrlic 3, Cuk 1, Radu 1.
The match between Ferencvaros and Mladost lacked the expected tensions, as the hosts dominated. Their defense worked very well from the beginning. The titleholder rushed to a 6:1 lead in the first nine minutes. Mladost came close, with two goals from Josip Vrlic (3:6). Still, Ferencvaros didn’t let the Croats go further. The Hungarians had a 7:4 lead at halftime. They even had a great chance in their last attack in the 2nd quarter. Mladost’s goalkeeper Ivan Marcelic was excluded 21 seconds before the middle break, but Ferencvaros didn’t score in that possession, as Luka Bukic managed to block Gergo Zalnaki’s shot.
Ferencvaros missed that chance, but quickly after the middle break, the hosts broke the rival. They kept the visitors goalless for almost the whole second half. Ferencvaros built a 10-goal lead (11:4) 25 seconds from the end. Mladost’s only goal in the second half came two seconds before the last buzzer when Milos Cuk converted a man-up.
Marseille – Terrassa 9:10 (3:2, 3:3, 1:2, 2:3)
CN Marseille: Vukicevic 3, Vernoux 2, Vanpeperstraete 1, Izdinsky 1, Crousillat 1, Camarasa 1.
CN Terrassa: Sanahuja 3, Mora 3, Barroso 2, Alegre 1, Pericas 1.
After Mladost’s defeat in Budapest, Marseille had a great opportunity to climb to the 4th place, and also, to caught 3rd-ranked OSC in points, but the French couldn’t beat Terrassa and they stayed in the 5th position.
The first half of this hard battle belonged to Marseille. At halftime, the hosts had a slim 6:5 lead. Terrassa went ahead – 7:6 in the 21st minute, but Marseille managed to equalize by the last break. Still, Terrassa regained a minimal lead in the middle of the fourth period (8:7 and 9:8). Marseille leveled the score on both occasions, but the hosts had no answer to Mora’s goal for 10:9 in the 31st minute.
Dinamo Tbilisi – Hannover 10:11 (5:4, 2:2, 2:3, 1:2)
Dinamo Tbilisi: Magrakvelidze 3, Bitadze 2, Baraldi 2, Vapenski 2, Jakhaia 1.
Waspo 98 Hannover: Nagaev 3, Real 2, Da. Brguljan 2, Radovic 2, Muslim 1, Winkelhorst 1.
Dinamo was leading for almost three quarters, but Hannover had the last laugh. Thirty seconds before the end of the third period, Dinamo had a 9:8 advantage. The Germans leveled the score in the finish of this period (9:9), while they gained their first lead after 70 seconds of play in the fourth quarter (10:9). The home team equalized quickly after that, but Hannover took all three points. Russian Ivan Nagaev scored a winner 76 seconds from the end – 11:10.
1 Ferencvaros (HUN) 6 – 16
2 Pro Recco (ITA) 6 – 14
3 OSC Budapest (HUN) 6 – 12
4 Mladost (CRO) 6 – 10
5 Marseille (FRA) 6 – 9
6 Terrassa (ESP) 5 – 6
7 Hannover (GER) 6 – 3
8 Dinamo (GEO) 6 – 0
Group A (9/13 December)
Spandau Berlin – Szolnok
Jadran Split – Barceloneta (9 December)
Jadran Herceg Novi – Sintez
Olympiacos – Jug (9 December)
Group B (9/14 December)
Waspo Hannover – Terrassa
OSC Budapest– Ferencvaros
Pro Recco – Dinamo Tbilisi (9 December)
Mladost – Marseille (9 December)