Galatasaray lands historical cup win

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Galatasaray lifted the men’s water polo Challenger Cup after beating Triglav in the second-leg of the final. It was a historical win – the first ever men’s European triumph for a Turkish club.

Men’s Water Polo Challenger Cup Final, Second-Leg Result
Triglav Kranj (SLO) 13-19 Galatasaray Istanbul (TUR)
(Aggregate: 19-33)

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Galatasaray’s eight-goal smash of Triglav in the final’s first-leg (14-6) didn’t leave much hope for the hosts in the return match in Slovenia.

Triglav played for prestige and to restore some pride, still, the Turks were the favourites in the away game too.

A last-grasp man-up goal gave them a 3-5 lead after eight minutes and they went 3-6 up early in the second.

Triglav had a better spell then as they scored three in a row to come back to even at 6-6.

Again, however, Arda Alpman netted another one in the last second of the quarter, so Galatasaray were 6-7 up at half-time.

This was a morale booster for the Turks, as they hit two in 39 seconds right away in the third, and even though the hosts pulled two back a bit later, the favourites kept their calm and reset the three-goal gap, 9-12, by the end of the penultimate period.

Though Galatasaray could have started their celebrations, as they held an 11-goal advantage on aggregate, they chose the most noble way to finish the match.

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They played great water polo and added seven more goals against the tiring opponents.

Triglav also had some moments, so at the end it was a shooting contest producing 11 goals in the last eight minutes.

Galatasaray staged a huge run this season, winning all their matches in the Challenger Cup, 9 out of 9 to claim the historical victory.

The result is also a double triumph for Türkiye, after Izmir were crowned this season’s Challenger Cup champions in the women’s competition in November.

For all the results from the men’s water polo Challenger Cup, click here.

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