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Champions League, Final Eight, Belgrade (SRB), Day 3 – Summary

Recco scores 12sec from time and retains its title with a shootout win 

Pro Recco is crowned for the 10th time after another thrilling Champions League final, decided by penalties for the second time after 2019. Host Novi Beograd was close as it led 11-9 after three periods and Nikola Jaksic’s 6th goal 50 seconds from time put the Serbs ahead once more. Still, Gergo Zalanki hit his 5th in the evening 12 seconds before the buzzer to save the game to a 13-13 tie and a shootout. And there, at 3-3, the two heroes lined up for the last shots – Jaksic hit the crossbar, Zalanki sent the ball home as well as his team-mates to the seventh if not 10th heaven. His former club Ferencvaros finished third, after downing Brescia – this game was another 26-goal epic, landed by the Magyars with 14-12. 

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