Croatian teams start with win

The favorites in the Champions League quarterfinals all started with a victory on Wednesday, mostly at home. Only Italian national champion Pro Recco recorded a comfortable 5-13 away win at Budva, Montenegro, playing without key-players Maurizio Felugo, Boris Zlokovic and Aleksandar Ivovic who will play in the Italian league against Euro Cup finalist R.N. Savona on Friday. Mladost Zagreb started the series against Hungarian representative Szeged with a two-point victory 8-6 while Croatian national champs Jug will travel to Budapest, Hungary with a four-point difference in their favour after a 12-8 first leg win. The trio of Romanian high-scoring centre-forward Cosmin Radu, Macedonian international Boris Letica and Ante Vukicevic scored two goals each for Mladost. Joseph Kayes was the team high-scorer for Szeged netting two. Croatian shooting star Miho Boskovic came up short against his former team Jug with Vasas. Although scoring one goal, his side was never in front of the score and a game-high four goals from lefthander Maro Jokovic sealed the deal for Jug. Finally, Primorje Rijeka faced a difficult match against Jadran Herceg Novi but got away with the close 12-11 win which could mean a tense and exciting return in Montenegro on April 18. Veteran captain Samir Barac was the game's top scorer with three goals. Both Ivan Krizman and Vladimir Gojkovic netted four for Jadran.

Champions League 2011-2012

Quarterfinals - March 14

Budva m:tel (MNE) vs. Ferla Pro Recco (ITA) 5-13 (1-4, 2-3, 2-3, 0-3)

Primorje EB Rijeka (CRO) vs. Jadran Herceg Novi (MNE) 12-11 (2-3, 2-3, 6-3, 2-3)

HAVK Mladost Zagreb (CRO) vs. A-HID Szeged Beton VE (HUN) 8-6 (1-1, 3-4, 2-0, 2-1)

Jug CO Dubrovnik (CRO) vs. TEVA-Vasas-UNIQA (HUN) 12-8 (4-2, 1-1, 3-2, 4-3)

Leg 2 - Wednesday April 18

Champions League Final Four to be held from May 10-12 (city tbd)

Pictured: Jug's Maro Jokovic (blue cap) scored four goals against Vasas (Photo: Henk Swinkels)

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