The Russians defeated the Greeks 11-10 on Saturday December 1 in Patras (GRE) on the occasion of the third Game Day of the FINA’s Women Water Polo World Leagues European preliminaries.
After 19 straight triumphs, this year’s match saw the Champions League winning side falling in the Super Cup final. Holder of Euro Cup, FTC-Telekom Budapest (Ferencvaros) bettered Greece’s Olympiacos Pireaus in a thrilling game ending in a penalty shootout in Budapest.
Another outstanding evening of water polo is due in Budapest where Champions League winner Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) clashes with Euro Cup-holder FTC-Telekom Budapest (HUN) for the European Super Cup.
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Unlike last year, teams dropping from the Champions League qualifications dominated the first legs of the quarter-finals, though none of the four match-ups produced decisive gaps between the respective sides.
Four teams – two per group – managed to make it three out of three as Recco (ITA) beat Ferencvaros, Barceloneta (ESP) earned three valuable points in Moscow (RUS) in Group A, while in Group B Busto BPM (ITA) came back from four goals down to defeat Hannover (GER) and Jug (CRO) staged a great finish to upend Szolnok (HUN).
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The big match of the day features last season’s runner-up Pro Recco (ITA) and Euro Cup winner Ferencvaros (HUN), two giants with a strong chance of going all the way to the final.
Hungary and Greece are the only two teams with two wins since the beginning of the season and take the lead of Group A and B respectively. Germany, Russia, Spain, and the Netherlands have all collected 3 points so far.
Hungary’s Dunaujvaros wrote history by clinching the women’s European Super Cup for the first time after a stunning shootout win in Kirishi. The LEN Trophy winner side came from four goals down to beat the favorite Russian team in its home pool.
Kinef Kirishi is set to expand its European wining streak and retain its Super Cup title as well after successfully defended the Euro League trophy in April. LEN Trophy winner Dunaujvaros (HUN) would cause the biggest upset in years with a victory in Russia.
Protest threats from pro-Palestinian groups has caused the FINA Women’s World League water polo match between Spain and Israel to change to a closed-door location.
The FINA’s Women Water Polo World Leagues European preliminaries kicked-off on Saturday November 3 and continued on Tuesday November 6 in various European cities.
After beating title-holder Olympiacos (GRE) on the opening day, newcomer BPM Busto (ITA) downed 2017 winner Szolnok (HUN) as well in Group B. Olympiacos is still winless as they could claim only one point in Hannover (GER).
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