Late Gogov goal ties Partizan, Galatasaray

Both teams had their shot for the win but finished tied in the end. For Galatasaray it meant the first point of the Champions League campaign. But they probably hoped for more after Mladjan Janovic had scored the 9-8 goal vs. Partizan with just under a minute to play in Istanbul on Wednesday. The advanced day 8 match-up between the two bottom-half ranked sides in group B saw the Turks close to the win coming back nicely from a 3-7 half-time deficit. Partizan however showed to be resillient once more. The young Serbs, led by coach Vladimir Vujasinovic who faced his former coach Igor Milanovic again, eventually tied the game with 17 seconds remaining as Drasko Gogov scored his 3rd of the evening. For the learning team of Galatasaray the final score did not meant too much for the standings, neither did it for Partizan; both teams are out of Final Six contention.

In other matches, to be played on Saturday, the highlight will be in Szolnok where the composition of group B is expected to be decided as Szolnok and Jug will square off. Szolnok come off a narrow win over Pro Recco while Jug, on day 7, held the favourite Italians to a draw. Now both teams will see what that will get them, this time going head to head. Jug came away with a 10-9 win in a strange outing in Dubrovnik after Szolnok stormed back in the final period but still fell short thanks to Maro Jokovic, late November last year.
Elsewhere Eger and Barceloneta will match up in another exciting battle. The Hungarians won it just 6-5 at home on day 3 and as Spanish centre forward Balasz Sziranyi is out due to surgery on his left hand, will see chances to come away with a win again in this close group. Youngster Roger Tahull will be counted on by Barceloneta to make valuable minutes on the centre-forward position. Points in this group are vital, although Eger is already sure of Final Six participation, as just two teams will advance to the Budapest finale. Olympiacos, in commanding lead of the group, visit Primorje in Rijeka who will seek revenge for their clear 7-4 loss to the Greek powerhouse in Piraeus on day 3. In Berlin Spandau host Jadran Herceg Novi, two teams who were tied 9-9 in their previous match-up so a close call can be expected again, despite the fact that Spandau have proven to be a force at home. Defending champions Pro Recco, after two difficult rounds with their first loss and a draw, will host OSC at home in Sori which should get the home team back to winning ways as the away game was already won 7-12 in Budapest on day 3, late November.

Champions League 2015-2016
Preliminary phase

Day 8

Wednesday, April 13:

Galatasaray Istanbul (TUR) vs. Partizan Raiffeisen Belgrade (SRB) 9-9 (2-4, 1-3, 4-1, 2-1)

Galasaray scorers: Slobodan Nikic 3, Nesfet Ozbek 3, Mladjan Janovic 2, Engin Colak.

Partizan scorers: Gavril Subotic 3, Drasko Gogov 3, Dimitrios Tigkas, Nemanja Vico, Mateja Asanovic.

Saturday, April 16:

18.30: Szolnoki VSK (HUN) vs. Jug CO Dubrovnik (CRO)
19.00: Wasserfreunde Spandau Berlin (GER) vs. Jadran Carine Herceg Novi (MNE)
20.00: Primorje EB Rijeka (CRO) vs. Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE)
20.30: CN Atletic-Barceloneta (ESP) vs. ZF-Eger (HUN)
20.30: Pro Recco (ITA) vs. OSC (HUN)

N.b.: time mentioned is local time.

Current standings

Group A:

1. Olympiacos Piraeus 7 - 15 pts
2. ZF-Eger 7 - 14
3. CN Atletic-Barceloneta 7 - 11
4. Primorje EB Rijeka 7 - 11
5. Wasserfreunde Spandau Berlin 7 - 3
6. Jadran Carine Herceg Novi 7 - 2

Group B:

1. Pro Recco 7 - 16 pts
2. Jug CO Dubrovnik 7 - 16
3. Szolnoki VSK 7 - 15
4. OSC 7 - 9
5. Partizan Raiffeisen Belgrade 8 - 7
6. Galatasaray Istanbul 8 - 1

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