Last questions might be answered
Five sides are already aboard, three more spots are to be booked, the penultimate round might decide the faith of each – or none.
The biggest excitements are foreseen in Group A where three teams are running for the remaining two spots. 2016 champion Jug (CRO) has an easy task even if they have to play in Belgrade but the Croats should win against the bottom-ranked Serbians. At the same time Brescia (ITA), already trailing by two points to Jug and Dynamo (RUS), faces a tough away game in Barcelona. The Spaniards lost to the Italians on Day 2, since then they have been enjoying an unbeaten run, won their last seven matches and with some luck they can even have a shot on the top spot in the last round. However, Olympiacos can deny them to eye the first place, with a win in Moscow the Greeks would surely stay atop. Here Dynamo is also in desperate need for the points, since the Russians visit Jug in the last round and Brescia will have a home match against Hannover, so a positive result for Dynamo against Olympiacos is a must this Saturday.
Here is the three teams’ schedule for this and the last rounds:
Dynamo: Olympiacos (h), Jug (a)
Jug: Partizan (a), Dynamo (h)
Brescia: Barceloneta (a), Hannover (h)
In Group B, the three big guys are already through, Recco’s (ITA) encounter with Eger (HUN) is going to be a great water polo spectacle as both sides are on the winning track. Eger managed to stun title-holder Szolnok (HUN) two more times in the Hungarian league showing that the team is on the rise in the whole spring.
Here Jadran (MNE) has a slim chance to catch Spandau (GER): the Montenegrins play a must-win match with bottom-ranked Alphen (NED) then will wait for the outcome of the Sunday encounter featuring Sabadell (ESP) and Spandau (GER). If Spandau wins – they are the favourites –, it’s all decided. If not, a life-or-death game looms for them against Jadran on Day 14.
Champions League, Day 13
12.00 Atletic Barceloneta (ESP) v AN Brescia (ITA)
18.30 Partizan Belgrade (SRB) v Jug Croatia Osiguranje Dubrovnik (CRO)
19.15 Dynamo Moscow (RUS) v Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE)
19.30 Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) v A Hid-OSC Budapest (HUN)
1. Olympiacos 31, 2. Barceloneta 27, 3. Dynamo 22, 4. Jug 22, 5. Brescia 20, 6. Hannover 9, 7. OSC 7, 8. Partizan 0
18.15 Steaua Bucharest (ROU) v Szolnoki Dozsa-Kozgep (HUN)
19.00 Jadran Carine Herceg Novi (MNE) v AZC Alphen (NED)
20.30 Pro Recco (ITA) v ZF-Eger (HUN)
12.00 Astralpool Sabadell (ESP) v Wasserfreunde Spandau 04 (GER)
1. Recco 33, 2. Eger 28, 4. Szolnok 24, 3. Spandau 21, 5. Jadran 16, 6. Steaua 12, 7. Sabadell 9, 8. Alphen 0
Please also see the other file attached featuring quotes from the coaches and players of the respective teams.
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27 April 2018