The state of play in the Champions League is a little clearer with eight matches now played, which is good news for Eger but less so for OSC.
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Eger tried, but without success. Norbert Dabrowski's team lost to the Italian giants as well, meaning the latter have secured their place in the semi-final. In addition, Jug defeated Barcelona which means the team from Heves county can contest qualification from the group against Partizan in the next fixture!
Balázs Vincze's team could only draw 5-5 against Spandau Berlin in the Nyeki swimming pool tonight, a loss of points which could prove crucial in the fight for Final Six qualification.
An excellent goalkeeping performance, superb defending and reassuring stability in general play saw Sándor Cseh's team post a confident 8-4 victory over AC Brescia tonight.
In this 8th round of fixtures, ZF-Eger take on a flawless Pro-Recco outfit in Italy on Wednesday (20:30, TV: M4 Sport) with there being no doubt as to who the favourites are to win. Nevertheless, the Hungarian club travelled on Tuesday morning with a defiant mindset.
Victory in Hannover means that Eger are firmly in the driving seat in the race for third place in Group B, and a much hoped-for victory against Partizan on Matchday 9 may be enough for them to make the Final Six in Budapest.
It’s still all to play for in LEN Champions League Group A with Szolnok neck and neck with Olympiakos for first place and OSC also still in the hunt for third. With the teams having only three matches left to play it looks as if the race for a place in the Final Six will go right down to the wire.
After a 3-3 draw in the first quarter, the real Szolnok turned up in Nice and eventually secured a handsome victory in the Champions League.
For a long time OSC were excellent against Brescia and even led 4-1 at one stage, but the Italian team turned the match around in the final quarter and in the end they needed Gergő Zalanki's rocket of a goal to take away a much-deserved point.