Ostia (dpa / bb) - The water polo players from Spandau 04 started with a clear defeat in the preliminary round of the Champions League.
After the ten-week break due to the corona pandemic, the German record champions lost the first game in the main round group A against Jug Dubrovnik from Croatia on Monday evening in Ostia, Italy, with 7:13 (1: 4, 2: 5, 2: 2, 2: 2 ).
Due to the corona crisis, the preliminary round will be contested in three tournament "bubbles".
Spandau was clearly noticeable in the first half of the lack of training and match practice against the defensively strong and offensively very effective Croatians.
Maurice Jüngling managed to equalize 1-1 after three minutes, but then the 2016 Champions League winner dominated the action and pulled away to 9-1 until shortly before the break.
Then Jug switched back a little in the certainty of a certain victory and Spandau found better in the game.
The goals for the water lovers were scored by Dmitri Kholod (3), Maurice Jüngling (2), Marko Stamm and Nikola Dedovic (1 each).
«The long time without a game was noticeable.
Over time we found our rhythm a bit and showed that the team can do a lot more than it did at the beginning.
Logically there was simply no physicality.
Despite a long absence from illness, goalkeeper Laszlo Baksa in particular presented himself well, ”said manager Peter Röhle.
Spandau meets Olympiacos on Tuesday and competes against Pro Recco Genoa on Wednesday.
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