Olympiacos Crowned Kings of Europe

Olympiacos Crowned Kings of Europe
 

LEN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - FINAL

Olympiacos 9 - 7 Pro Recco
(2 - 1)
(4 - 4)
(7 - 6)
(9 - 7)

Olympiacos’ men’s water polo team defeated Pro Recco of Italy 9-7 in the final of the LEN Champions League.

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In a closely-contested final, the Erythrolefki got off to a solid start, as they found themselves ahead 2-1 after one period of play. However, the Italians would respond, as they leveled the score at 4-4 going into halftime, much to the delight of the home crowd in Genoa.

Coach Theodoros Vlachos’ team would go up 6-4 in the third period, but the Italians would once again come back to level the score at 6-6. A late third period goal from Konstantinos Genidounias saw the Greeks take a 7-6 lead after the third period.

Two goals from Ioannis Fountoulis early in the fourth period would put the Erythrolefki up 9-6, which would be enough for the Greeks, as they held on for a 9-7 win in the end. This marks just the second time that Olympiacos has won the LEN Champions League, with the only other time being back in 2002.

Club legend Ioannis Fountoulis was the top scorer for Olympiacos with four goals in the final. Andro Buslje, Georgios Dervisis, Konstantinos Genidounias, Alexandros Gounas and Paulo Obradovic each scored one goal as well.

 
by Andrew Stamas
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