The Italian water polo league has been buzzing with excitement as the final and playoff series continue to unfold. In a thrilling match between Roma and Ekipe, Roma emerged victorious with a narrow 13-12 win in the first game of the final series. The winning goal was scored by Galardi in the dying seconds of the game, adding to the already intense atmosphere.
Meanwhile, Plebiscito dominated Trieste with an impressive 11-1 scoreline in the first game of the third-place playoff series. In the playout series, Brizz made a comeback with a 10-6 victory to tie the series at 1-1.
Roma – Ekipe 13-12 (3-4, 3-5, 3-1, 4-2)
Roma: E. Eichelberger, M. Misiti, G. Galardi 3, Carosi, S. Giustini 4, C. Ranalli 3, D. Picozzi, C. Tabani, C. Nardini, L. Di Claudio, A. Cocchiere 2, Andrews 1, Galbani.
Ekipe: L. Celona, B. Halligan 2, C. Grasso, G. Viacava 3, V. Gant, D. Bettini 2, V. Palmieri 2, C. Marletta 3, G. Gagliardi, A. Williams 1, A. Longo, M. Leone, G. Condorelli.
In a thrilling water polo match, Roma emerged victorious against Ekipe with a score of 13-12 in the first match of the final series. The hosts started strong and took an early lead of 3-2, but Ekipe managed to turn the tables and took a lead of 3-4 by the end of the first quarter. Roma came back strongly in the second quarter, with Guistini scoring a goal to take the lead at 5-4. However, Ekipe responded with a series of five unanswered goals and took a commanding lead of 5-9. Roma managed to reduce the difference to 6-9 by the end of the first half with Andrews scoring a goal. In the third period, Roma continued their comeback and reduced the difference to 9-10, scoring three goals and conceding just one. Ekipe started the final period strongly, scoring two quick goals to extend their lead to 9-12. However, Roma refused to give up and staged a remarkable comeback, scoring three unanswered goals to level the score at 12-12 in the 31st minute. The final goal of the match came from Galardi, who scored in the 31st minute to give Roma the lead and secure their victory with a final score of 13-12.
Plebiscito – Trieste 11-1 (3-0, 3-0, 4-1, 1-0)
Plebiscito: L. Teani, L. Barzon 2, V. Valyi 2, G. Citino, E. Queirolo 2, A. Casson 1, A. Millo 2, S. Dario, H. Mckelvey 1, C. Meggiato, S. Centanni 1, Cessara, C. Giacon.
Trieste: F. Sparano, D. Vomastkova, E. De March 1, E. Sblattero, G. Marussi 1, L. Cergol, G. Klatowski, F. Colletta, G. Zizza, J. Vukovic, I. Riccioli 1, R. Santapaola, S. Ingannamorte.
Plebiscito secured a resounding victory against Trieste in a water polo match, with a final score of 11-1. The match was dominated by the home team, who took an early lead of 6-0 in the first half. Although Trieste managed to score a goal in the 23rd minute of the match through Riccoli, it was not enough to close the gap. The second half saw Plebiscito continue to increase their lead, ultimately resulting in a final score of 11-1 in their favor.
Brizz: H. Santapaola, F. Sapienza 3, A. Vitaliano 1, G. Pastanella, A. Arcidiacono, M. Spampinato 1, C. Cappello, I. Pane, N. Sasover, V. Santoro 1, M. Giuffrida 3, A. Milicevic 1, F. Paladino.
Florentia: C. Banchelli, E. Gabelli 1, C. Nencha 1, E. Cordovani, G. Gasparri, N. Vittori, L. Nesti 2, B. Mugnai, M. Pantani, B. Merli 1, I. Landi, E. Capaccioli 1, G. Pellegrino.
Brizz returned with a victory against Florentia with a final score of 10-6. The match was the second game of the series, and both teams were tied with one win each. Florentia started the match strongly and took the lead in the first quarter with a score of 1-3. However, Brizz fought back in the second period, and both teams scored one goal each, leaving the halftime score at 2-4 in favor of Florentia. In the third period, Brizz turned the game around and made a series of three goals, bringing the score to 5-4. However, Florentia responded quickly with Capaccioli’s goal, leveling the score to 5-5 at the end of the third quarter. In the last period, Brizz dominated the game and scored five goals, while only allowing one from Florentia. The final score was 10-6, with Brizz securing the win and tying the series at 1-1.
Schedule (10th May):
Final: Ekipe – Roma (0:1) – best-of-five
Third place: Trieste – Plebiscito (0:1) – best-of-three
Playout (13rd May): Florentia – Brizz (1:1) – best-of-three
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