The decisive shot was sold by Jergo Zalanki, and the Hungarian player scored five goals in original time, including one that resulted in a volley.
Recco’s history achieved its tenth success in the most famous European Cup and doubled for the first time since 2008.
In an amazingly exciting final, the two teams came close to head-to-head, and Rico equalized from two goals down in the final. One minute before the end, the host team advanced with the sixth goal of Nikola Jacic, former Ferencvaros player, but the Italian champion equalized the result with Zalanki’s fifth kick 12 seconds before the bagpipe, to bring the five-meter team.
Double Olympic champion Dusan Mandic made a mistake in the second half, but Rico’s Aaron Younger, who won with Zolnock in 2017 and then with Ferencvaros in 2019, smashed the first bar. In the last and fifth pair, the most successful match of the match, Jaksic, also bombed the crossbar, so that Zalánki could decide the fate of the cup, and the Hungarian hit the upper left corner!
For the second time in the history of the series, five-meter players decided to win the cup, and in 2019, Ferencvaros defeated Olympiacos.
UEFA Champions League Final 8 (Belgrade):
Pro Recco (Italian) – Novi Beograd (Serbian) 17-16 (4-4, 1-2, 4-5, 4-2, 4-3) – 5m
FTC-Telekom-Waterpolo-Brescia (Italian) 14-12 (5-2, 2-4, 4-2, 3-4)
Barceloneta (Spanish) v Espoo Hannover (German) 12-10 (0-2, 3-2, 6-2, 3-4)
For seventh place:
CN Marseille (French) – Jug Dubrovnik (Croatian) 15-13 (4-3, 2-4, 4-3, 5-3)
Opening photo: MTI / Tamás Kovács
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