Olympiacos, Sabadell in Euro League final

A mouth-watering clash for this year's Euro League trophy was set up on Friday in the Final Four semifinals where both the local favourites and defending champions rose to the occasion and secured a spot in the big final. Home side Olympiacos, led by Italian scoring machine Robert Bianconi, topped Russian outsider Kinef Kirishi 10-8 to confirm another failed attempt for a title run by the Russian powerhouse. They suffered from Bianconi who was unstoppable scoring 6 goals including the final 10-8 goal with just 10 seconds remaining completing a tense final 2 minutes of the game after Tatiana Zubkova had brought Kirishi to within one: 9-8. But backed by the loud Olympiacos fans the players held on to their defence and made sure Kirishi was stopped right there as Bianconi finished things off in the game's final phase scoring her 6th goal.

The opposition in the final will be of the defending champions who are up for a possible 3rd consecutive European title with a win on Saturday. Sabadell came out strong and like a reignin champion in the semifinal on Friday playing the dangerous Hungarian top team of UVSE and former Sabadell player Gabriella Szücs. Led by Olga Domenech and Judith Forca (3 goals each) the Spanish and European champions grabbed control early in the second period and in a solid performance went on to win by a seemingly comfortable 5-goal margin. Now the highly anticipated match-up for the title with arguably the best possible opponent in Final Four host Olympiacos will determine this year's Euro League winner. The final starts at 20.15 local time (Athens, Greece).

Euro League 2014-2015
Final Four

Athens (GRE)

Friday, 24 April


Olympiacos SFP (GRE) vs. Kinef Kirishi (RUS) 10-8 (3-3, 3-2, 1-2, 3-1)

Olympiacos scorers: Roberta Bianconi 6, Triantafyllia Manolioudaki, Alexandra Asimaki, Margarita Plevritou, Ashleigh Southern.

Kirishi scorers: Tatiana Zubkova 3, Ekaterina Prokofyeva 2, Anastasia Simanovich, Evgeniia Khokhriakova, Evgeniya Ivanova.

UVSE (HUN) vs. CN Sabadell (ESP) 6-11 (1-2, 2-3, 1-2, 2-4)
UVSE scorers: Rita Keszthelyi 2, Alexandra Sudduth-Kiss 2, Gabriella Szücs, Diana Sikter.

Sabadell scorers: Olga Domenech 3, Judith Forca 3, Matilde Ortiz, Anna Espar, Dagmar Genee, Maica Garcia, Maria Peña.

Saturday, 25 April

18.30: UVSE (HUN) vs. Kinef Kirishi (RUS) - 3rd/4th place
20.15: CN Sabadell (ESP) vs. Olympiacos SFP (GRE) - 1st/2nd place

N.b.: time mentioned is local time.

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