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LEN Men’s Champions League Final 8 – Finals: FTC is the Winner!

FTC and defending champion team Olympiacos were competing for the 2019 Champions League title. In the last game of the Final 8 tournament in Hannover, Germany, FTC beat 2018 champion Olympiacos after penalty shootout 14-13.

FTC (2017 and 2018 Euro Cup winner) had never played in the Champions League Finals before Hannover. The Hungarians kicked off the match in style, as they netted three action goals for 3-1. By halftime, the Budapest-based side led 8-5, while Olympiacos’s goalkeeper Josip Pavic, posted just one save in the first two quarters.

Before the last eight minutes, FTC had a nice 10-7 advantage, but the Hungarians lost their captain Dénes Varga, who ended the game in the 26th minute with three fouls.

Olympiacos was able to “come back from the dead” in the 4th quarter.The season’s top scorer Konstantinos Genidounias came up with a great action shot from the first possession in the last period. Fountoulis finally netted for 9-10 with 2:12 remaining on the clock. Genidounias scored his 5th goal in the evening from an easy man-up, so Olympiacos equalized 96 seconds from time. FTC had a man-up in their last attack (0:28 seconds before the end) to win the match, but Pavic managed to save Márk Kállay’s shot.

Overall, FTC was leading throughout the entire game. The biggest score difference was 3 for them. When it seemed that FTC was going to win easily, Olympiacos stood up and equalized quickly. The game finished with an equal score of 10-10, and only 5-meter penalty shots left to decide who wins.

Vanda Orosz (WPNews)

Rounds FTC Olympiacos
1 X YES
2 YES X
3 YES X
4 X YES
5 YES YES
6 YES X

FTC won 14-13 after Olympiacos missed the 6th 5-meter penalty shot.

They won their first ever Champions League title in their history. Congratulations to FTC!

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