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Marseille stuns Barceloneta, big wins for Galatasaray, Partizan

The big games in group D of the Champions League preliminary round had Galatasaray and Partizan as winners. The Turkish champion more or less eliminated German side Spandau by beating the Germans at home 8-11 while Partizan used a superior third quarter to gain a decisive advantage over Romanian champ Oradea for the 6-10 final score. Key factor, next to the tight defense and well playing Partizan goalie Slobodan Soro was youngster Dusan Mandic who scored three goals in the second half from whom the last one was of great importance restoring the four-goal lead right after Mircea Samulia had got Oradea within three off an extra man possession. A strong center goal had Partizan leading 5-9 and virtually sealed the victory. For Spandau, the task is easy. If they want to get to fourth place, points will be needed in the next two final prelims games; against Partizan and Hungarian national cup winners Szeged.

The first result of the eighth game day came from Russia where Russian champion Spartak Volgograd defeated Georgian representative Ligamus Tbilisi 12-6 in group A. Another tense encounter took place in Novi Sad, Serbia where home team Vojvodina got a point against Russian side Sintez Kazan drawing 6-6 with Marco Cuk as game saver. The Serb scored the equalizer with six seconds remaining to keep his team in the race for the next round. The second group C matchup featured a little upset as Marseille defeated the so far unbeaten side of Barceloneta 11-10. The French side led 6-3 at half time but saw that advantage trimmed down by Barceloneta in the third period to 8-7. Marseille managed to hung on the one-goal advantage and ended up victorious. The French now take third place in the group.

No surprises were noted in group A where all favorites gained clear wins. Eger, playing without captain Peter Biros and Canadian lefthander Kevin Graham routed to a 4-13 win over German representative Waspo '98 Hannover while group leader Vouliagmeni used a superior second half, in which the oponent could not score a single goal, on their way to winning 3-15.

Red Star Belgrade looked to cruise to victory in France against Montpellier. Although the home side tried hard, the Serbs struck at the right moments and seemed to be able to find the back of the oponnent's net a lot easier than the hard working French squad. Leading 3-8 at half time, it was the fourth quarter in which Red Star definitely walked away. The score finished at 8-16. Croatian champion Jug recorded a stellar victory beating Swiss side SC Kreuzlingen 5-30 in their international home pool at Winterthur. After leading 0-15 at half time, the Croats devided the score well for the 25-goal difference finish. Jug is now sure of first place in group B still being unbeaten.

Champions League 2012-2013

Preliminary round - Day 8

Schedule and results

Group A

Wednesday January 23, 2013

19.00: Spartak Volgograd (RUS) vs. Ligamus Tbilisi (GEO) 12-6 (4-2, 1-1, 4-3, 3-0)
20.30: Waspo '98 Hannover (GER) vs. ZF-Eger (HUN) 4-13 (1-2, 0-3, 2-3, 1-5)
20.30: Schuurman BZC (NED) vs. Vouliagmeni NC (GRE) 3-15 (1-2, 2-4, 0-5, 0-4)

Progress points: Vouliagmeni NC 21 pts, Spartak Volgograd 21, ZF-Eger 18, Schuurman BZC 6, Waspo '98 Hanover 4, Ligamus Tbilisi 1.

Group B

Wednesday January 23, 2013

20.00: Montpellier Waterpolo (FRA) vs. Red Star Belgrade (SRB) 8-16 (1-4, 2-4, 3-3, 2-5)
20.30: SC Kreuzlingen (SUI) vs. Jug Dubrovnik (CRO) 5-30 (0-8, 0-7, 2-8, 3-7)

Free round: Olympiakos Piraeus (GRE)

Progress points: Jug CO Dubrovnik 21 pts, Red Star Belgrade 12, Olympiakos Piraeus 9, Montpellier Waterpolo 6, SC Kreuzlingen 0.

Group C

Wednesday January 23, 2013

19.00: VK Vojvodina Novi Sad (SRB) vs. Sintez Kazan (RUS) 6-6 (2-0, 1-2, 1-2, 2-2)
19.15: CN Marseille (FRA) vs. CN Atletic-Barcelona (ESP) 11-10 (2-1, 4-2, 2-4, 3-3)

Free round: AN Brescia (ITA)

Progress points: CN Atletic-Barceloneta (-1) 15 pts, Sintez Kazan 10, CN Marseille 9, Vojvodina Novi Sad (-1) 7, AN Brescia (-1) 6.

Group D

Wednesday January 23, 2013

19.00: Wasserfreunde Spandau Berlin (GER) vs. Galatasaray Istanbul (TUR) 8-11 (2-2, 1-3, 3-3, 2-3)
20.00: CSM DiGi Oradea (ROU) vs. Partizan Raiffeisen Belgrade (SRB) 6-10 (3-3, 1-1, 0-4, 2-2)

Free round: A-HID Szeged Beton (HUN)

Progress points: A-HID Szeged Beton (-1) 15 pts, Partizan Raiffeisen Belgrade (-1) 13, Galatasaray Istanbul 10, CSM DiGi Oradea 6, Wasserfreunde Spandau Berlin (-1) 3.

n.b.: times mentioned are local time

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