Three derbies that will probably be crucial in battles for 1st places in groups A, B and C of the Champions League Qualification Round 2 were on the program of the evening session of Day 2.
Jadran Split beat Vasas 13:11 in the “group of death” (Group A) and made a huge step towards 1st place in the group.
French Noisy-le-Sec beat host Barcelona (16:13) in Group C. The Parisians practically secured 1st place, since they defeated two biggest rivals today (Barcelona and Jadran HN).
OSC Budapest was better than Vouliagmeni (13:9) in the first round of Group B in Kotor, where Primorac surprised one of the favorites, Tourcoing. The match Primorac – Tourcoing ended in a 10:10 draw. The Kotor-based team had a 5-goal advantage but failed to win all three points.
There were no surprises in the other games.
Day 2 (October 14), evening session – Group A (Split): Steaua – Savona 5:15, Jadran S – Vasas 13:11
Group B (Barcelona): Barcelona – Noisy-le-Sec 13:16, Jadran HN – Vitoria Guimaraes 21:7. Group C (Kotor): Primorac – Tourcoing 10:10, Vouliagmeni – OSC Budapest 9:13. Group D (Athens): EVK Zaibas – Mladost 10:14, Panionios – ASC Duisburg 14:8.
The top two teams from each group will qualify for Round 3.
Steaua – Savona 5:15 (0:4, 2:3, 2:5, 1:3)
Steaua Bucharest:Vuskovic 1, Georgescu 1, Moskov 1, Klikovac 1, Antipa 1.
Savona: Djurdjic 4, Bruni 3, Panerai 2, Rizzo 2, Campopiano 2, Patchaliev 1, Caldieri1,
Jadran S – Vasas 13:11 ( 2:4, 3:2, 4:4, 4:1)
Jadran Split: MArinic-Kragic 4, Dobud 3, Z. Butic 2, Pejkovic 1, Bukic 1, Zovic 1, Duzevic 1.
Vasas: Konarik 2, Nagaev 2, Batori 2, Erdelyi 1, Sedlmayer 1, Dr.Brguljan 1, Randjelovic 1., Mezei 1.
A good defense in the first quarter and a half was key to Savona’s victory over Steaua. The Italians rushed to a 6:0 lead by the 12th minute. In the remaining time, Steaua just managed to reduce the gap to four twice (3:7 and 4:8).
The fans in Split enjoyed an exciting derby Jadran – Vasas. There were a lot of twists and turns. Jadran started better (1:0,2:1), but Vasas had a 4:2 advantage at the first break. The teams exchanged goals for most of the second quarter, and Vasas kept a 2-goal lead until 6:4. Still, Pejkovic closed the first half with an action goal, so only a goal separated the rivals at halftime (6:5 for Vasas).
The visitors earned a 7:5 lead early in the third period. But, Jadran took control in the middle of the quarter, scored three goals in a row, and went ahead (8:7). Still, new twists were yet to come. Vasas had a slim 10:9 advantage before the final eight minutes. Butic leveled at 10:10 in the 28th minute. Nagaev replied immediately and put Vasas in front (11:10). However, the hosts netted three unanswered goals in the last four minutes and jumped to 1st place in the table.
1. Jadran (CRO) 2 – 6
2. Vasas (HUN) 3 – 6
3. Savona (ITA) 2 – 6
4. Sabac (SRB) 2 – 0
5. Steaua (ROM) 3 – 0
Barcelona – Noisy-le-Sec 13:16 (4:3, 3:4, 4:5, 2:4)
Barcelona: Cupido 4, Ramon 2, Garcia 1, Lopez 1, Goma 1, Mallarach 1, Vavic 1, Asensio 1, Valls 1.
Noisy-le-Sec (Cercle 93): Petkovic 4, Bowen 4, Guerin 3, Gogov 2, Caumette 1, Krapic 1, Ait Dahmane 1.
Jadran HN – Vitoria 23:7 (7:2, 5:1, 5:3, 6:1)
Jadran Herceg Novi: Boskovic 4, Sladovic 4, Zizudin 3, Da.Radovic 3, Hadzic 3, Muscat 2, Stupae 2, Vukicevic 1, Stevovic 1.
Vitoria Guimaraes: P.Ferreira 4, Lopes 3.
Noisy-le-Sec recorded two significant wins today and almost secured a place in the third round. In the morning session, Noisy was better than Jadran Herceg Novi (14:12). A few hours after, the Parisians earned another win after a huge battle and downed host Barcelona. The encounter between the French and the Spaniards was similar to the duel Noisy-Jadran. Everything was open until the fourth period, and Noisy played excellently at the finish.
Barcelona had a 6:4 advantage in the middle of the second quarter. Noisy produced a 3:0 series and went ahead (7:6), but the hosts equalized in the dying seconds of the first half. Noisy earned a 3-goal lead in the third period (11:8). Still, Barcelona managed to catch up with the French. The home team leveled at 13:13 in the 27th minute. But, Noisy held the hosts scoreless in the final five minutes while they netted three goals and recorded a 16:13 victory.
Antonio Petkovic, who scored six goals in the game against Jadran, found the net four times in the evening match. The best scorer of the World Championships Alex Bowen, had the same output. Luca Cupido scoed four for Barcelona.
Jadran made no mistake in the game against underdog Vitoria.
1.Noisy-le-Sec (FRA) 2 – 6
2. Jadran HN (MNE) 3 – 6
3. Oradea (ROM) 2 – 3
4. Barcelona (ESP) 2 – 3
5. Vitoria (POR) 3 – 0
Primorac – Tourcoing 10:10 (6:2, 1:1, 2:2, 1:5)
Primorac: F.Gardasevic 3, Mrsic 2, Macic 2, Stanojevic 1, Draskovic 1, Crepulja 1.
Tourcoing: Durik 3, Marzouki 3, Dasic 2, Draskovic 1, Canonne 1.
Vouliagmeni – OSC 9:13 (3:5, 2:3, 2:3, 2:2)
Vouliagmeni: Kalogeropoulos 3, Woodhead 2, Troulos 1, Nikolaidis 1, Papasifakis 1.
OSC Budapest: K.anhercz 4, Angyal 2, Burian 2, Aranyi 1, Varnai 1, Salamon 1, Csacsovszky 1, Toth 1,
A draw in the match Primorac – Tourcoing is a surprise, considering that Tourcoing has a very strong team that aims to reach the Preliminary Stage. But, Primorac was a team that led most of the time. Tourcoing went ahead just once in the last minute (10:9). Still, the hosts saved a point with a last-gasp goal.
Primorac shocked the French with four straight goals in the first four minutes and maintained the difference until the last break. The hosts, who even had a 5-goal advantage (8:3), entered the final period leading 9:5. But the teams changed their roles in the fourth quarter. Tourcoing, coached by Petar Kovacevic, who began his career at Primorac, dominated. The French side scored five goals in a row. Centre-forward Lukas Durik made it 9:10 with 57 seconds left on the clock. At 00:36, Primorac earned a man-up. An experienced Filip Gardasevic scored from an extra to level at 10:10. Tourcoing had 22 seconds for the last attack, but Primorac defended its net and saved a point.
The encounter between Vouliagmeni and OSC was a duel between the coaches who were big rivals as players – Daniel Varga (OSC) and Vladimir Vujasinovic (Vouliagmeni). Varga was happy after the game. Despite the fact that both teams have excellent players on the rosters, OSC was the favorite and it proved that role. The Hungarians took a 2:0 lead in the first two minutes of the game (Burian and Manhercz), and they were always ahead. Vouliagmeni halved the deficit twice in the first period (2:3 and 3:4). Early in the second quarter, OSC built a 3-goal lead and continued dictating the pace. Kalogeropoulos gave Vouliagmeni the last hope by scoring for 6:8 in the 17th minute. Still, OSC responded with three goals in four minutes for an 11:6 advantage, and there was no way back for Vouliagmeni.
1.OSC Budapest (HUN) 1 – 3
2.Primorac (MNE) 1 – 1
3.Tourcoing (FRA) 1 – 1
4.Vouliagmeni (GRE) 1 – 0
EVK Zaibas – Mladost 10:14 (2:4, 4:1, 3:6, 1:3)
EVK Zaibas: Lobov 3, Bosic 2, Bakulo 2, Jonkus 1, Galinok 1, Voitenko 1.
HAVK Mladost: Elez 5, Dadvani 3, Rakovac 3, Vrbnjak 1, Mijic 1, Adeishvili 1.
Panionios – ASC Duisburg 14:8 (2:2, 3:2, 6:2, 3:2)
Panionios: Gkiouvetsis 6,Gounas 3, Kalaitzis 2, Kopelaidis 1, Bitadze 1, Spooner 1.
ASC Duisburg: Tanaskovic 2, Kueppers 2, Eidner 2, Simic 1,Gusakov 1.
Panionios started slowly, but the hosts didn’t disappoint their fans and recorded the win they counted on. ASC Duisburg had a 2-goal advantage (4:2) in the 11th minute. The Greeks killed all the Germans’ hopes by scoring six unanswered goals between the 12th and the 20th minute. They went to 8:4. The hosts, led by Konstantinos Gkiouvetsis, streched the margin to six by the end of the match.
Mladost defeated Zaibas for the second time this season, but the Croats weren’t as convincing as they were in Round 1 in Herceg Novi two weeks ago (15:7). Mladost opened the match quite well, it had a 4:1 advantage in the 5th minute. But the Lithuanians dominated in the second period and turned around a 3-goal deficit to a 6:5 lead at halftime. In the first two minutes of the second half, Mladost regained a 2-goal lead (Dadvani scored two, Adeishvili added one) – 8:6. These three quick goals proved crucial, as Zaibas couldn’t equalize after that. The Lithuanians came close a few times (7:8, 9:10), but Mladost controlled the game.
1.Brescia (ITA) 2 – 6
2.Panionios (GRE) 2 – 6
3.Mladost (CRO) 2 – 3
4. Zaibas (LTU) 3 – 3
5. ASC Duisburg (GER) 3 – 0
Day 3 (October 15)
Group A (Split): Sabac – Steaua (18:00), Savona – Jadran S (20:00)
Group B (Barcelona): Barcelona – Jadran HN (19:15), Oradea – Noisy-le-Sec (21:00)
Group C (Kotor): Primorac – Vouliagmeni (18:00), OSC – Tourcoing (20:00)
Group D (Athens): EVK Zaibas – Brescia (18:30), Panionios – Mladost (20:30)