Euro Cup, draw for the SF
Naples sides avoid each other again
The draw for the semifinals of the Euro Cup has been made in Belgrade on the occasion of the annual meeting of the LEN Technical Water Polo Committee.
Just as in last year, the two Naples based team avoided clashing each other in the semis – and the Italian sides have strong hopes to end the comparisons with last season here. A year ago neither of them survived the SF, that time Posillipo lost to Mladost (CRO) and Acquachiara to eventual winner Spartak Volgograd (ROU) – this time they wish to reach the final.
However, it won’t be an easy ride, as their respective rivals enjoyed some fine spells en route to the semis. Mornar (CRO) ousted the third Italian participant, former three-time winner Carisa Savona. Though the Croats had some scares in the return leg as Savona almost managed to come back from the four-goal loss in the first leg. This time the Split based team faces its second Italian test against Acquachiara which passed the QF easily by beating Olympic Nice (FRA).
Steaua Bucuresti came up with the best Romanian effort on club level in recent years: they won a tough battle against Hannover (GER) in the quarters and now they meet Posillipo. The other team from Naples produced the biggest win of the quarters as they beat 2007 winner Sintez (RUS) by five goals in the second leg after a three-goal loss in Russia.
Carpisa Yamamay Acquachiara Napoli (ITA) vs. Mornar Brodospas Split (CRO)
Steaua Bucharest (ROU) vs. Circolo Posillipo Napoli (ITA)
First leg: 11 February • Second leg: 4 March