© facebook.com/VaterpoloKlubMornarBrodospas 17 Dec Mornar, Szeged hold off comebacks for semis berth By: Tim Hartog Men, Euro Cup The Euro Cup quarterfinals leg 2 matches on Wednesday saw several tense and close finishes in the battle for the semifinal spots. Kazan held on to beat Marseille 11-10 at home which proved enough after the Russians had won game 1 in France 8-9. For Mornar and Szeged things got real tense but each survived comebacks by their respective opponents to still make it to the semis. Mornar had to overcame a desperate try by Oradea in Romania in the final seconds as the home team was utterly close to overcame a 14-9 loss in game 1. However the Mornar defence, and goalkeeper Marin Šparada in particular, held on despite a 2 late exclusions and celebrations began as they made it to the final four for the 2nd straight year. Hannover meanwhile took off in their home game against Szeged in an attempt to erase their tough 9-3 loss in Hungary in game 1. The Germans grabbed control in the 2nd quarter and more or less dominated the game from that point on. But despite a 2-0 finish in the final period, Hannover came up just short as the 13-8 win had just a 5-goal advantage where 6 or more were needed and so Szeged survived and eliminated the Champions League round 3 losers from Germany to claim their spot in the semifinals. The final team to make it to the semis is perhaps the biggest title favourite. Brescia once again controlled and outplayed Kirishi, this time at home behind 5 goals from veteran Christian Presciutti. He led the Italians to a comfortable 15-6 win, more than enough after the big 5-11 victory in Russia last month. Euro Cup 2015-2016 Quarterfinals Leg 2 Wednesday, 16 December: Sintez Kazan (RUS)* vs. CN Marseille (FRA) 11-10 (3-1, 3-3, 3-4, 2-2) Kazan scorers: Nagaev 4, Ryzhov-Alenichev 2, Antonijevic 2, Zinnatullin, Latypov, Shepelev. Marseille scorers: Dino 3, Monneret 2, Camarasa 2, Olivon, Constantin-Bicari, Khasz. CSM DiGi Oradea (ROU) vs. Mornar BS (CRO)* 13-9 Oradea scorers: Mornar scorers: AN Brescia (ITA)* vs. Kinef Kirishi (RUS) 15-6 (4-2, 7-2, 1-1, 3-1) Brescia scorers: C. Presciutti 5, Damonte 3, Rizzo 2, Ubovic 2, Randjelovic, Molina, Bertoli. Kirishi scorers: Merkulov 3, Nikolaenko 2, Misic. Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) vs. Szeged (HUN)* 13-8 (2-4, 5-1, 4-3, 2-0) Hannover scorers: Radovic 3, Balatoni 2, Estrany 2, Toth 2, Bukowski, Ban, Tkac, Paunovic. Szeged scorers: K. Manhercz 2, Kunac 2, Sedlmayer, Cs. Kiss, Seman, Chilko. *qualifies for semifinals Leg 1 Wednesday, 11 November: Kinef Kirishi (RUS) vs. AN Brescia (ITA) 5-11 (0-3, 1-4, 3-2, 1-2) Kirishi scorers: Kuzmenko 2, Nikolaenko, Eskov, Merkulov. Brescia scorers: Molina 5, Rizzo 3, Ubovic 2, C. Presciutti. Szeged (HUN) vs. Waspo 98 Hannover (GER) 9-3 (4-1, 2-1, 1-0, 2-1) Szeged scorers: Zs. Varga 4, Santa, Cs. Kiss, Seman, K. Manhercz, Kunac. Hannover scorers: Radovic 2, Estrany. Mornar BS (CRO) vs. CSM DiGi Oradea (ROU) 14-9 (4-3, 1-0, 3-2, 6-4) Mornar scorers: Buha 3, Buric 3, Gluhaic 2, Goreta 2, Viskovic 2, Calic, A. Duzevic. Oradea scorers: Negrean 2, Chioveanu 2, Cupic 2, Dunca 2, Gheorghe. CN Marseille (FRA) vs. Sintez Kazan (RUS) 8-9 (3-1, 1-1, 1-3, 3-4) Marseille scorers: Constantin-Bicari 3, Crousillat 2, Monneret, Simon, Khasz. Kazan scorers: Latypov 3, Shepelev 2, Zinnatullin, Odintsov, Ryzhov-Alenichev, Nagaev (pictured). Semifinals 3, 10 February, 2016. Finals 16, 30 April, 2016.