With a 8:6 score finished the game of the men teams in water polo between VK Jug Dubrovnik and Panionios which was held in the Panionios swimming pool in Nea Smyrni. In spite of their strong desire the white and blue team did not manage to defeat the guests and they lost their chance to qualify for one o the first two places, which would have taken them to the top eight of the Euro league. The team showed a very good game and gave their best, however it was no surprise that they could not win. In spite of the good amount of scored points VK Jug Dubrovnik is a very serious opponent. It is one of the best teams in the world, three times European champion (in 1981, 2001 and 2006) and with a constant presence in the Final four of the Euro league in the past years. The game with the Croatian team to Panionios was for qualification. Since the beginning the guests started with a strong attack. Their first attempt to score was in the 3rd minute and the first goal came in the 5th minute. It was followed by a second one in the 7th minute. An attempt to score the hosts made in the 8th minute, however the goalkeeper of Jug Dubrovnik caught the ball. The next strong, but unsuccessful attack of the hosts was in the 9th minute. In the 10th and 11th minute there were attacks with attempts to score by the guests and the hosts as follows. In the 18 minute Panionios scored their first goal for the game.
In the 20th and 21st minute the hosts played technically very well and made three attempts to score in a row, which however didn’t finish with success. In the 24th and 25th minute goals scored respectively the guests and the hosts. The first half of the game finished with a score 4:1 in favor the guests. At the second half the team of Panionios definitely changed their tactics and started a well organized attack of the opponents’ goal post. Encouraged and supported morally by their coach they managed to score four goals, the last two of which were literary in the last two minutes before the end of the game.