The water polo team of Ferencváros have acquired their first Champions League title against title-holder Olympiacos in Hannover. The historical victory came after a 10-10 tie with penalties, where the Hungarian team secured the title with a close 14-13 win.
In Hannover, Ferencváros brought down 2016 champion Jug Dubrovnik in the quarters, beat 2014 winner Barceloneta in the semis, and finally edged out title-holder Olympiacos in an exciting final.
Ferencváros took the lead in the first minute, but Olympiacos was able to equalize. The first quarter ended with a score of 3-1. In the second quarter, Olympiacos opened with a goal, but the Hungarians soon took the lead, finishing the quarter with a 3 goal advantage, which they were able to secure again in the third. However, in the last quarter, Fradi made several mistakes and the match ended with a 10-10 tie.
The game was decided in a penalty shootout, where the Hungarian team won 14-13 with the save of Soma Vogel and the penalty goals of Sedlmayer, Younger, Jaksic, and Jansik.
Head coach of Ferencváros, Zsolt Varga said after the match: “I’m so grateful to my players and our fans to have such an end to this season. They never stopped believing, even at the toughest moments and I’m so proud of them,” adding that
…maybe few thought we could achieve this, newcomers don’t usually go all the way here, but we played as a team and that gave us the necessary edge.
Pro Recco got the bronze medal, as they turned the match against Barceloneta.