The water-polo women of Olympiacos won a hard-fought battle over Hungarian side Dunaujvaros to secure their second triumph in the Euro League on Saturday.
The lead was exchanging constantly as the finalists tried to overplay the extremely organized defenses and beat the goalies who offered brilliant performances respectively.
A single goal in the final period gave the win to the Greeks, 7-6.
With the scores level at 6-6 and with 2:54 remaining, Olympiacos earned a woman-up, called for a time-out and finally Vasiliki Plevritou broke the ice from the left wing for 7-6.
With 1:26 on the clock, Dunaujvaros had the same scenario, a woman-up after a time-out but they failed to convert the chance. Olympiacos sealed its second water polo triumph since 2015.
“I cannot say how proud I am of these girls,” Charis Pavlidis, the Olympiacos water polo coach said after the nail-biting game.
“At the beginning of the season we could not even imagine that we would be able to go all they way. Again, just like yesterday, the level of game wasn’t too high, we could play much better than this I can assure everyone. We won this final with our defense. The girls defended like maniacs in the last period, that was absolutely the key of this.”
Olympiacos success in European water polo
Olympiacos is one of the most successful clubs in European Water Polo, having won 2 LEN Euro Leagues in 2015 and 2021, 1 LEN Super Cup in 2015 and 1 LEN Trophy in 2014 and having, overall, a commanding presence in European competitions.
Besides the 2 LEN Euro Leagues, LEN Super Cup and LEN Trophy titles, they were runners-up of the LEN Euro League in 2017 and 2019, runners-up of the LEN Super Cup in 2014, runners-up of the LEN Trophy in 2008 and 2018.
The Piraeus club has participated, altogether, in 8 Champions’ Cup / Euro League Final Fours (1996, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021), as well as in 5 LEN Trophy Final Fours (2001, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2018), being semi-finalists of the same competition in 2009 and 2012.