The water polo players from Spandau 04 also lost the second game of the Champions League main round of Group A against Olympiacos Piraeus with 9:13 (3: 3, 1: 5, 2: 2, 3: 3). After a strong start with a 3-1 lead for Berliners, the Greeks managed to equalize 3: 3 in the last second in the starting quarter in Ostia, Italy.
Piraeus grew enormously in the second quarter and managed an 8-4 lead at halftime – supported by some very dubious referee decisions. The second half was much more even. In the final section, the again outstanding Spandau goalkeeper Laszlo Baksa received a controversial red card and had to be replaced by backup goalie Max Vernet Schwemer.
Despite several deficits – 4: 8, 5:10 – Spandau 04 fought its way again and again, in the middle of the fourth quarter even to 8:10. The best scorers for Berlin were Dmitri Kholod (4) and Marin Restovic (3).
Compared to the 7:13 opening defeat against Jug Dubrovnik, that was “an obvious step forward, even if there are still enough reserves and, above all, athleticism and strength are not yet fully back,” summarized manager Peter Röhle. “The fighting spirit is there, the team fought. We can build on this in the final third tournament game against Pro Recco Genoa on Wednesday. ”
| Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:20 pm