Brescia, OSC, Jadran and Terrassa advance in first place
There were no surprises in the second and final qualification round for Len Champions League Qualification as the three favorite sides – Brescia (ITA), OSC (HUN) and Jadran (CRO) – all passed this test with flawless performances and Terrassa (ESP) also clinched the top spot in their group. Oradea (ROU), Kazan (RUS), Strasbourg (FRA) and Vouliagmeni (GRE) joined them by finishing second respectively.
Brescia and OSC were a class above the rest in the weekend, both teams coming up with wins in their respective games with big margins. The closest match of the Italian side ended in a 6-goal victory, while OSC did not allow for any surprises and kept the ‘minimum margin’ to 7 goals. In Group C, Oradea clinched the second qualifying place after beating CN Barcelona 9-8 in a thrilling battle at home. The Romanians scored the deciding goal with only 44 seconds left on the clock.
In Group D the Russians’ in-house contest decided the second place, Sintez beat Dynamo 14-11, not surprisingly, as the Moscow based side had financial struggles in the summer and many of its players moved to Kazan..
Jadran came on top in an outstanding encounter against Vouliagmeni to claim first place. The Croats had a 3 goal lead late in the 4th quarter but the determined Greek side managed to net 2 goals, for an exciting finish of the game. Both teams have made it to the next round of the champions league.
The draw will be held on Tuesday in Nyon, at the LEN Office – matches shall be played on a home-and-away basis, first and second ranked teams will be paired (teams having played in the same group cannot be drawn against each other).
Group C (Oradea): 1. AN Brescia (ITA) 9, 2. DiGi Oradea (ROU) 6, 3. CN Barcelona (ESP) 3, 4. Lokomotiv Tbilisi (GEO) 0
Group D (Budapest): 1. OSC Budapest (HUN), 9, 2. Sintez Kazan (RUS) 6, 3. Dynamo Moscow (RUS) 3, 4. OSC Potsdam (GER) 0
Group E (Terrassa): 1. CN Terrassa (ESP) 9, 2. Team Strasbourg (FRA) 6, 3. Steaua Bucharest (ROU) 3, 4. VK Sabac (SRB) 0
Group F (Belgrade): 1. Jadran Split (CRO) 9, 2. NC Vouliagmeni (GRE) 6, 3. Pays D’Aix Natation (FRA) 3, 4. Crvena Zvezda (SRB) 0