Olympiacos fall in heartbreaking Champions League final
LEN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - FINAL
|Olympiacos||13 - 14 (P)||Ferencvarosi|
|(1 - 3)
(5 - 8)
(7 - 10)
(10 - 10)
(13 - 14)
Despite a late Olympiacos comeback to tie the game at 10-10 with three unanswered goals, Hungary’s FTC Telekom Budapest won on penalties to be crowned European champions for the first time in club history..
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The Hungarians got off to a fantastic start, going up 3-1 after the first period of play. By halftime, they had extended their lead to 8-5. After the third period, they were still in complete control as they maintained their three-goal advantage to go into the fourth period ahead at 10-7.
The Greeks then scored an early goal in the fourth period to cut the deficit to 10-8. Some great defensive play from the Erythrolefki kept their title defense hopes alive, and a goal from Ioannis Fountoulis with 2:12 left put them just one goal away from leveling the score. On their very next possession, Konstantinos Genidounias scored the equalizer, which sent the match to penalties.
With the Hungarians scoring four goals in six attempts in the penalty shootout and with the Greeks scoring three in five, it was up to Stylianos Argyropoulos to keep Olympiacos alive. He hit the post, giving the Hungarians the win and thus their first LEN Champions League title in club history.
Genidounias was undoubtedly Olympiacos’ star in the final, scoring five goals. Fountoulis added two himself as well.