Women Euro League, Quarter-finals, 2nd leg Preview
One from each nation?
Four nations have two teams respectively in the quarter-finals of the womens Euro League and there is a strong chance that all four will have at least one representative in the Final Four.
Most probably Spain will earn the first F4 berth on Friday evening as Sabadell has arrived to Szentes (HUN) with a massive 5-goal lead. The Spaniards finalists in 4 of the last 5 occasions and winners 3 times outplayed the Hungarians in the first leg and their side, almost equal with the national team, seems a sure bet for going through.
Much more excitement is expected in the other Spanish-Hungarian duel as the first leg ended in a draw between UVSE (HUN) and Mataro (ESP). The Hungarian champion looks stronger with six new European gold medallists in its line-up including Belgrade top scorer Rita Keszthelyi who netted 3 in Mataro.
The RussianGreek clashes might have a similar outcome: one F4 spot for the hosts and one for the visitors. Uralochka (RUS) faces a mount to climb if they wish to overcome their 3-goal deficit against title-holder Olympiacos. In the meantime, Kinef can build on its away-win against Vouliagmeni, however, this latter one wont be an easy ride as the Russians produced a great 0-3 final period in Athens but a single-goal lead is no guarantee in womens water polo.
Women Euro League, Quarter-finals, 2nd leg
19.00 Hungerit-Szentes (HUN) v CN Sabadell (ESP) first leg: 10-15
14.00 Kinef Surgutneftegas Kirishi (RUS) v Vouliagmeni (GRE) first leg: 10-9
16.00 Uralochka Zlatoust (RUS) v Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) first leg: 10-13
17.15 UVSE (HUN) v CN Mataro La Sirena (ESP) first leg: 7-7
Winners proceed to Euro League Final Four, while the losing sides will play in the LEN Trophy Final Four.
Mens Euro Cup
The draw for the mens Euro Cup final has been made in the LEN Office. Sintez Kazan (RUS) will host the first leg on 16 April while the return leg will be played in Brescia (ITA) on 30 April.