OSC Budapest demolished Terrassa 21:4 in the 10th round of the Champions League and climbed to the first place of Group B. OSC maybe won’t stay atop for long. They have played one match more than 2nd-placed Ferencvaros and 3rd-placed Pro Recco (their encounter scheduled for today was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak). But, with this win, OSC made another big step towards the Final Eight and proved to be a serious contender in the battle for the trophy
OSC also set a new season record. The 17-goal margin is the biggest win in the 2019/20 Champions League (the previous record was Pro Recco’s 24:9 victory over Dinamo).
Mladost Zagreb earned valuable points, too. The Croats defeated Hannover 18:12 and increased their advantage over 5th-placed Terrassa on six points.
Dinamo Tbilisi recorded its first-ever win in the Champions League. Dinamo beat Marseille 15:12 and put the French out the contest for the Final Eight.
In the first game of Day 10 in Group B, Jadran Split upset 2017 Europea champion Szolnok 13:9.
OSC Budapest – Terrassa 21:4 (5:0, 5:1, 6:1,5:2)
OSC Budapest:Manhercz 5, Burian 5, Prlainovic 3, Randjelovic 2, Erdelyi 2, Seman 2, Ubovic 1, Ukropina 1.
Terrassa: Alegre 2, Rodriguez 1, Sanahuja 1.
The encounter between OSC Budapest and Terrassa turned into a one-sided contest quickly after the opening whistle. OSC earned a 5:0 advantage in the first quarter. The hosts doubled a lead to 10:0 before Terrassa scored its first goal in the game. The visitors got on the scoreboard 35 seconds before the middle break.
OSC, led by Krisztian Manhercz and Gergelyi Burian, dominated the second half, too. The Hungarian side, which keeps growing up game after game (OSC beat Ferencvaros and Pro Recco in the previous two matches) was a favorite, but nobody expected the Hungarians could record a win with a 17-goals margin.
Hannover – Mladost 12:18 (2:2, 4:7, 4:5, 2:4)
Waspo Hannover: Radovic 4, Muslim 2, Nagaev 2, M. Brguljan 2, Da. Brguljan 1, Schuetze 1.
HAVK Mladost: Milos 4, Bukic 4, Lazic 3, Kharkov 3, Cuk 2, Bowen 1, Kunac 1.
Mladost played with a 12-player roster in Hannover (since Biljaka was excluded because of brutality in the match of the 9th round against Ferencvaros). Besides, Ivan Marcelic, the goalkeeper of the Croatian national team, still hasn’t recovered from an injury and didn’t travel in Hannover. Although they had all of these problems with the team, the visitors recorded a convincing win. After a balanced first period (2:2), Hannover grabbed a 3:2 advantage early in the second quarter. The Croats turned around the deficit to a 4:3 lead with two quick goals. In the 11th minute, Hannover equalized for the last time (4:4). At halftime, Mladost was three goals ahead (9:6). In the 22nd minute, the visitors built a comfortable 14:8 lead and controlled the game until the end.
Dinamo T – Marseille 15:12 (5:1, 3:3, 6:3, 1:5)
Dinamo Tbilisi: Kavtaradze 3, Jelaca 3, Vapenski 3, Baraldi 2, Imnashvili 1, Shushiashvili 1, Rurua 1, Magrakvelidze 1.
Marseille: Crousillat 3, Kovacevic 2, Vanpeperstraete 2, Izdinsky 2, Vukicevic 1, Vernoux 1.
Dinamo stunned the 2019 LEN Euro Cup winners in the opening minutes. Early in the second period, the Georgians already were 6:1 up. The French managed to reduce the gap in the last minute of the first half (4:7), but the hosts had an 8:4 advantage at halftime, thanks to a fantastic long shot goal from Boris Vapenski in the last second of the second quarter.
Quickly after the middle break, Dinamo earned a 6-goal lead (10:6). Before the final eight minutes, the home side had a 14:7 advantage. Marseille was the team that dominated the last quarter, but it was too late for a comeback.
Ferencvaros – Pro Recco postponed
1 OSC Budapest (HUN) 10 – 22
2 Pro Recco (ITA) 9 – 20
3 Ferencvaros (HUN) 9 – 20
4 Mladost (CRO) 10 – 19
5 Terrassa (ESP) 10 – 13
6 Marseille (FRA) 10 – 10
7 Hannover (GER) 10 – 6
8 Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO) 10 – 3
Jadran S – Szolnok 13:9 (3:1, 5:2, 2:4, 3:2)
Jadran Split: Power 3, Pejkovic 2, Krapic 2, Viskovic 1, Delic 1, Setka 1, Buric 1, Zovic 1, Butic 1.
Szolnok:Drasovic 4, Angyal 2, Subotic 1, Pijetlovic 1, Szeghalmi 1.
Szolnok suffered the third consecutive defeat (after losses to Spandau and Jug in home games), so the Hungarians’ chances to reach the Final Eight are getting minor.
Jadran Split played excellently in the first half and entered the third quarter leading 8:3. Then Szolnok started climbing back and it trailed just by two goals in the 23rd minute (7:9), but Jadran responded with three goals in a row for a 12:7 advantage and Szolnok couldn’t come back once more.
Wednesday, March 4th
Spandau – Olympiacos Piraeus
Sintez Kazan – Jug AO
Barceloneta – Jadran Carine HN
1 Barceloneta (ESP) 9 – 22
2 Jug (CRO) 9 – 21
3 Olympiacos (GRE) 9 – 19
4 Jadran HN (MNE) 9 – 13
5 Szolnok (HUN) 10 – 12
6 Spandau (GER) 9 – 11
7 Jadran S (CRO) 10 – 7
8 Sintez Kazan (RUS) 9 – 3