Water Polo Champions League Quarterfinals Pairings to Be Decided

Courtesy: LEN Media

Since all Final Eight berths have been booked on Day 13, only the pairings of the quarterfinals are open. While in Group A the outcome is more or less predictable, in Group B the rankings of the top three sides might be shuffled completely.

If skies don’t come down, Recco (ITA) will complete another perfect 14/14 sheet in the main round as they face the prelims’ only pointless side Crvena Zvezda (SRB). This time the water polo promotion tour will visit Florence where Recco’s last match shall take place.

In this group only the second place can be switched. Barceloneta (ESP) needs all three points in Eger (HUN) to keep the runner-up position as Brescia (ITA) is set to win at home against Steaua (ROU). Equality in points would favor the Italians.

Ferencvaros (HUN) cannot move either up or down from the fourth position, in fact, the Hungarians have all the reasons to spare as much energy in Moscow (RUS) as possible since they are in the middle of their grueling gold medal battles with OSC at home and this upcoming match is scheduled just three days prior to their second clash in the domestic league.

In Group B Jug (CRO) tries to save something from the huge advantage it gained in the earlier rounds after three winless matches. Losing to Jadran (CRO) at home was perhaps their most embarrassing result in the season, now they need at least a draw at home against Spandau (GER) to secure the top position which they have held since Day 2.

The clash of Olympiacos (GRE) and BPM (ITA) is played primarily for the second place, but another hiccup in Dubrovnik might rocket the winner to the first place. A draw here would favor BPM.

As for the rest of the matches, 2017 champion Szolnok (HUN) would play in Split (CRO) to save some pride before bidding farewell to the League, while Hannover (GER) would need a confidence-boosting win against Mladost (CRO), three weeks before the start of the Final Eight at home.

Champions League, Day 14

Group A

18.30 ZF-Eger (HUN) v Atletic Barceloneta (ESP)

19.15 Dynamo Moscow (RUS) v FTC-Telekom Budapest (HUN)

20.30 Pro Recco (ITA) v Crvena Zvezda (SRB)

20.30 AN Brescia (ITA) v Steaua Bucharest B. A. (ROU)

Standings:

1. Recco 39, 2. Barceloneta 28, 3. Brescia 26, 4. Ferencvaros 22, 6. Dynamo 18, 5. Eger 15, 7. Steaua 6, 8. Zvezda 0

Group B

Tuesday

20.30 Jadran Split (CRO) v Szolnoki Dozsa (HUN)

Wednesday

19.00 Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) v HAVK Mladost Zagreb (CRO)

20.00 Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) v BPM Sport Management Busto (ITA)

20.30 Jug CO Dubrovnik (CRO) v Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 (GRE)

Standings:

1. Jug 29, 2. BPM Busto 27, 3. Olympiacos 27, 4. Szolnok 22, 5. Jadran 15, 6. Mladost 11, 7. Hannover 9, 8. Spandau 7

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