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Olympiacos storms back to tie Barceloneta

Olympiacos scored the final three goals of the match to storm back and tie Barceloneta 7-7 in the Champions League preliminary round day 4 match-up in Barcelona on Tuesday. Home side Barceloneta saw a 7-4 advantage with under 4 minutes to go being washed away as Georgios Ntoskas levelled the score with only 3 seconds on the clock. Strikingly the draw is Olympiacos' 3rd in 4 Champions League matches thus far. Thanks to the point Barceloneta now tied group A leader Primorje in points while Olympiacos is in 3rd place just a single point behind in the standings.
Story of the game undoubtedly was the seemingl decisive advantage that Barceloneta build up in the third quarter, which came to a height at the 3.59 mark in the final quarter when Alberto Munarriz scored his only goal of the game. Both sides, as expected, had fought out a close battle in the first half so that the little run by the home team in the third quarter looked even more as making a strong case for the win. However things changed in the final minutes as Olympiacos showed their resillience and started a comeback. From Alexandros Gounas and Spanish lefty Blai Mallarach scoring consecutive goals, to Ntoskas delivering the dagger ultimately late, the home fans in Barcelona were silenced as they saw a seemingly sure win turning into a hard-fought tied game. Top scorers for the Spanish champion were the Rasovic brothers each scoring 2 goals. Veteran Emmanouil Mylonakis and Alexandros Gounas did the same for the visitors.
The Champions League 4th round will be concluded on Wednesday as the remaining three matches will be played.


Champions League 2015-2016
Preliminary phase

Round 4


Saturday, 12 December:


Wasserfreunde Spandau Berlin (GER) vs. Primorje EB Rijeka (CRO) 9-9 (3-2, 3-2, 2-4, 1-1)

Spandau scorers: Mehdi Marzouki 2, Marko Stamm 2, Christian Schlanstedt, Maurice Jüngling, Erik Miers, Spence Hamby.

Primorje scorers: Gonzalo Echenique 3, Miho Boskovic 3, Cosmin Radu 2, Nikola Dedovic.

Pro Recco (ITA) vs. Jug CO Dubrovnik (CRO) 14-6 (1-1, 5-2, 3-1, 5-2)

Recco scorers: Dusan Mandic 3, Filip Filipovic 2, Aleksandar Ivovic 2, Niccolo' Gitto 2, Michaël Bodegas, Francesco di Fulvio, Dusko Pijetlovic, Andrija Prlainovic, Matteo Aicardi.

Jug scorers: Felipe Perrone 3, Maro Jokovic, Xavi Garcia, Paulo Obradovic.

Tuesday, 15 December:

CN Atletic-Barceloneta (ESP) vs. Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) 7-7 (1-1, 2-1, 3-2, 1-3)
Barceloneta scorers: Strahinja Rasovic 2, Viktor Rasovic 2, Alberto Munarriz, Albert Español, Martin Famera.

Olympiacos scorers: Emmanouil Mylonakis (pictured) 2, Alexandros Gounas 2, Georgios Ntoskas, Konstantinos Mourikis, Blai Mallarach.

Wednesday, 16 December:


18.00: Jadran Carine Herceg Novi (MNE) vs. ZF-Eger (HUN)
20.00: Galatasaray Istanbul (TUR) vs. Szolnoki VSK (HUN)
20.00: Partizan Raiffeisen Belgrade (SRB) vs. OSC (HUN)

N.b.: time mentioned is local time.

Current standings

Group A

1. Primorje EB Rijeka 4 - 7 pts
2. CN Atletic-Barceloneta 4 - 7
3. Olympiacos Piraeus 4 - 6
4. ZF-Eger 3 - 4
5. Wasserfreunde Spandau Berlin 4 - 3
6. Jadran Carine Herceg Novi 3 - 1

Group B

1. Pro Recco 4 - 12 pts
2. Jug CO Dubrovnik 4 - 9
3. Szolnoki VSK 3 - 6
4. Partizan Raiffeisen Belgrade 3 - 3
5. OSC 3 -0
6. Galatasaray Istanbul 3 - 0

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