Spandau 04 and Waspo Hannover will face off in the final of the 2021 German Cup.
This evening, the Final Four started in Duisburg, and the semifinal matches ended as expected.
Spandau and Hannover recorded convincing wins. Spandau beat host ASC Duisburg (18:8). Hannover showed no mercy to Bayer 08 – 24:6.
The upcoming final will be a replay of almost all finals in the German national competitions in the last few years. Last year, Hannover beat Spandau in the Cup final in Berlin – 18:14, to win its sixth trophy in this competition. However, Spandau is a record holder with 31 German cups in a treasury.
2022 German Cup, Final Four, Duisburg
ASC Duisburg – Spandau 04 8:18 (3:4, 1:4, 3:5, 1:5)
ASC Duisburg: Tanaskovic 5, Gergeleyfi 1, Kuppers 1, Bakulo 1.
Spandau 04: Strelezkij 4, Stamm 3, Tkac 2, Juengling 2, Dedovic 2, Chiru 1, Bozic 1, Cuk 1, Restovic 1, Pericas 1.
The game between ASC Duisburg and Spandau 04 opened the tournament in Duisburg. The hosts kept up with the Berliners for a while. Even six goals were scored in the first three minutes. Spandau led 2:0 and 3:1, but ASC managed to equalize at 3:3. After a flood of goals in the opening minutes, both teams tightened their defenses. Still, Mateo Cuk gave Spandau a 4:3 lead in the 8th minute. Spandau went to 6:3 early in the second quarter. By the middle break, they earned an 8:4 lead. Chiru opened the third period, scoring for 9:4. ASC’s Djordje Tanaskovic responded with two goals (6:9). But, in the middle of the quarter, Spandau regained a 5-goal lead (11:6) and controlled the match until the end.
Djordje Tanaskovic was the best scorer with five goals. Denis Strelezkij netted four for Spandau, with a perfect percentage of shots (4/4).
Bayer Uerdigen 08 – Waspo 98 Hannover 4:26 (0:8, 1:6, 3:4,0:8)
Bayer 08: Friesem 1, Riebel 1, Schimanski 1, Gralek 1.
Waspo Hannover: Winkelhorst 6, Nagaev 5, Radovic 3, Schuetze 3, Da. Brguljan 2, M.Brguljan 2, Real 2, Corusic 1, Kubisch 1, Muslim 1.
Hannover quickly proved that it was a big favorite in the second semifinal. The title-holder earned a 12:0 lead before Bayer scored its first goal.
Hannover finished the match the same way it started – with an 8:0 quarter.
Jorn Winkelhorst, who scored six goals from as many shots, led Hannover. Ivan Nagaev added five, etc.
The final and the 3rd-place match will be played tomorrow. Follow the games live on Total Waterpolo Arena.
Saturday 7 May 2022
Third place match (16:30 CET)
Final (18:30 CET)