As expected, Jug Dubrovnik defeated Solaris 16:6 in the second game of the semifinals of the Croatian Championship and advanced to the final.
The second match was played in Sibenik. On Wednesday, Jug trashed Solaris 17:6 on home soil.
This evening, Jug opened the match with a 7:0 run. In the 4th minute of the 2nd period, the hosts finally scored their first goal for 1:7. By the end of the first half, two goals were scored on each side of the pool and the visitors entered the third period leading 9:3. The hosts managed to recover from the opening shock and regrouped themselves during the middle break, but Jug didn’t let them come back. After a pretty balanced third period, which saw five goals, the visitors had a 12:5 advantage before the fourth quarter. In the last eight minutes, Jug stretched the margin to ten – 16:6.
Daniil Merkulov was the best scorer. The Russian, who renewed the contract with Jug for one more season a few days ago, found the net five times.
You can watch the replay of the match on our Facebook page VK Solaris – VK Jug AO GAME#2
In the games for the title, the current champion will face Mladost or Jadran Split. These two teams will meet in Split tomorrow. Mladost leads 1:0 in this semifinal series.
Croatian Championship, playoffs, semifinals (best of 3)
Solaris -Jug 6:16 (0:6, 3:3, 2:3,1:4) – first game 6:17
Solaris: Vlahovic 2, Strljak 1, Herceg 1, Pelicaric 1, Sabioni 1.
Jug AO: Merkulov 5, Fatovic 2, Krzic 2, Loncar 1, Garcia 1, Lozina 1, Zvono 1, Zuvela 1, Obradovic 1, Tomasovic 1.
Jadran S – Mladost Saturday at 21.00 CET – 12:13