|Szolnok thrashes Spandau|
|Group B: Spandau 04 (GER) vs. Szolnok (HUN) 7-17|
Szolnok set a scoring record for the season by showing a fantastic display of attacking water polo. They netted at least four goals in each period while Spandau was unable to keep up with the star-studded Hungarian side at either end of the pool.
Though the Germans took the lead but Szolnok hit back quickly and after Spandau missed two man-ups in succession the visitors took control. In less than three minutes they netted three goals for a commanding 1-4 lead after the opening quarter. And they needed further three minutes to virtually decide the outcome: with 4:52 to go until the middle break Szolnok went 1-7 up. Marton Toth came up with a couple of great goals, Denes Varga, the world’s best player in 2013, showed some great moves in front. These two netted more goals (5 for Toth, 4 for Varga) than the hosts altogether.
In fact Szolnok, featuring 10 players who played in the final of the European Championships (Hungarian and Serbian aces), was superior and didn’t slow down for a single moment. They stopped at 17 goals, the most so far in the League.
Sandor Cseh, head coach of Szolnok:
“We came here to win, naturally and we knew we were capable of making it. Though we thought we would face a tough first half, or two and a half periods as we had seen Spandau’s games from the last season and also their clash with Jug where they led by two after three periods. However, we managed to shock the Germans as we defended superbly, we were disciplined, we stuck to our game plan and our goalie Attila Decker came up with a fantastic performance. The Germans seemed to lose their desire early in the game. Needless to say I’m absolutely satisfied with this game.”
Laszlo Baksa, goalie of Spandau:
"Credit to Szolnok, the game followed the pattern I had thought of beforehand. They penalized all of our mistakes, they scored from almost each opportunity they created. This makes them one of the best teams in the world. I can only hope we’ll be able to get a bit closer to them when we’ll have the return game in Szolnok. We have only path to follow: to work, to develop, to correct the mistakes and we also have to learn from these great sides everything we can and practice these new things."
Denes Varga, player of Szolnok
“At the beginning of the week we were really over the Moon so our coach had to cool us down and bring us back to Earth – we needed just this to start this game the way we did. We were tough, serious and collected. We knew Spandau could be a real threat if they could keep up with us for a longer period of time. We tried to prevent this and extend the gap the soonest possible. Since we succeeded, the difference became huge by the end of the game.”