The all-Hungarian encounters brought brilliant battles in both cup competitions
this Wednesday: while Eger handed a historic first-ever home defeat to Szolnok in
the Champions League, visitor Miskolc kept favourite Ferencvaros under pressure
for much longer than expected.

Only a last-grasp goal gave a slim 6-5 lead to the title-holders by half-time and
Miskolc bettered them in the third as they managed to go 6-7 up with 1:47 to go.
However, Ferencvaros scored twice in 56 seconds and to further boost its
psychological advantage goalie Soma Vogel stopped a penalty with 0:03 before the
last break.And the Budapest based club really started to roll in the fourth, netting three
straight goals for 11-7. Though the visitors scored twice later but Ferencvaros also
added two more to prove their status among the leading clubs of the continent.
After netting eight in three periods, they scored five in the last one to earn a 13-9
win which put them in a really promising position for the return match.

The same applies to Verona which earned a valuable away win in Marseille. The
Italians enjoyed two great rushes in the middle two periods and those brilliant
spells ultimately decided the outcome. The French took the better start, then came
the first four-goal run by Verona, from 3-2 to 3-6. Though early in the third the
hosts came close once more at 5-6 but then another Italian storm stroke the pool
and that blew the French away (5-10).

In the fourth the hosts staged a late surge narrowing their deficit to two goals
(from 6-11 to 9-11), still, these goals might come way too late and saved just a slim
hope for Marseille for the second leg.

Euro Cup, Semifinals, 1 st leg

PSQ-Ferencvaros (HUN) v PannErgy Miskolc (HUN) 13-9

CN Marseille (FRA) v Banco BPM SM Busto Verona (ITA) 9-11

Second leg is due on 28 February.


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