Honved will play in the eighth-finals of the LEN Euro Cup.
Two games in Group D in Zagreb were on the program of the morning session of the third day in Euro Cup Round 2.
Honved defeated PAOK 10:9 and cemented 1st place in the group. All other four teams still have chances to reach 2nd position.
LEN Euro Cup, Round 2 (October 27 – 30), Day 3, morning session
Group D (Zagreb), Round 3
Honved – PAOK 10:9 (6:2, 2:3, 1:3, 1:1)
Honved: Sugar 3, B.Ekler 2, Kevi 1, Hosnyanszky 1, Fejos 1, Zs.Ekler 1, Nyiri 1.
PAOK: Charalampopoulos 4, Milradovic 2, Koopman 2, Kalargyros 1.
Mediterrani – Primorac 12:11 (2:3, 4:3, 2:4, 4:1)
Mediterrani: Prat 4, Garcia 2, Corres 2, Perez 2, Linares 1,McQuet 1.
Primorac: Draskovic 3, F.Gardasevic 3, Bastrica 2, Mrsic 1, Gopcevic 1, Milic 1.
In the opening minutes of the encounter between Honved and PAOK, it seemed that the Hungarians would cruise to a victory. Honved rushed to a 6:1 lead (7th minute). But, the Budapest-based side didn’t keep pace from the first period. In the middle of the second quarter, the Hungarians still had a solid advantage (8:4). But they couldn’t find the net between the 13th and the 15th minute. In contrast, PAOK netted three goals and cut the deficit (7:8). Fejos ended Honved’s scoreless phase, scoring from a counter-attack (9:7). However, only one goal separated the rivals at the last break.
Early in the fourth quarter, Bendeguz Ekler converted a man-up for 10:8. Charalampopoulos answered in the next possession, also, with an extra player (9:10). Both teams missed a lot of chances in the last six minutes. PAOK had the last attack in the match and an opportunity to level the score, but Honved’s goalkeeper Decker saved a shot.
Primorac dictated the pace for three quarters, but it lost to Mediterrani. The Montenegrins had a 5:3 advantage early in the second period. Then, the Spaniards produced a 3:0 series and took the lead for the first time (6:5). Primorac leveled at 6:6 before the middle break and earned a 3-goal advantage (9:6 and 10:7) in the third quarter. However, the Kotor-based side didn’t continue in the same rhythm. The Spaniards leveled at 10:10 and again at 11:11 in the middle of the fourth period. Garcia converted a penalty in the 31st minute and gave Mediterrani the second advantage in the match (12:11). Primorac had a great chance to save a point, but Milic hit the post from a penalty shootout with 26 seconds left.
1.Honved (HUN) 3 – 9
2.Mediterrani (ESP) 3 – 4
3. PAOK (GRE) 2 – 3
4. Mladost (CRO) 2 – 1
5. Primorac (MNE) 2 – 0
Day 3 (October 29), evening session
Group A (Sabac): Solaris – Jadran Herceg Novi (18), Pays d’Aix – Sabac (20)
Group B (Strasbourg): Strasbourg – Savona (18), De Zaan – Partizan (20)
Group C (Duisburg): Tourcoing – Telimar (18), Barcelona – Duisburg (20)
Group D (Zagreb): Mediterrani – PAOK (17:30), Mladost – Primorac (19)
Group E (Szolnok): EVK Zaibas – Crvena Zvezda (16:30), Szolnok – Montpellier (18)
Group F (Bucharest): BVSC – Vitoria Guimaraes (18), Ortigia – Steaua (20)
All times are local