Tue. Nov 30th, 2021

The second leg of the final qualifier for the 33rd LEN European Water Polo Championships Barcelona 2018 will be played on Saturday. 14 matches, eight in the men’s category and six in the women’s, that will unveil the names of the last squads that will compete at the Bernat Picornell Pool.

With about 80% of the play-offs decided, these are the clashes scheduled for Saturday in the men’s category, with the first-leg results in brackets:
Switzerland-France (1-18)
Czech Republic-Romania (5-20)
Germany-Poland (21-2)
Lithuania-The Netherlands (7-26)
Slovakia-Portugal (16-4)
Israel-Georgia (1-12)
Malta-Belarus (7-8)
Turkey-Ukraine (8-8)

The focus will be on the matches played in Istanbul (Turkey) and Gzira (Malta), where anything can happen, although teams playing in front of a home crowd seem to have the upper hand.

In the women’s category, six passes to the Barcelona 2018 final are at stake. These are the clashes scheduled for Saturday, as well as the results from the first leg:
Turkey-Slovakia (11-11)
Croatia-Czech Republic (9-6)
Portugal-Israel (10-14)
Ukraine-Serbia (8-10)
Romania-Germany (14-22)
Switzerland-France (1-19)

The best squads from the latest European Championships held in Belgrade in 2016 (eight in the men’s category and six in the women’s) have already qualified for this year’s tournament:
Men’s: Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Russia, Italy, Greece and Spain.
Women’s: Hungary, the Netherlands, Russia, Greece, Italy and Spain.

The Barcelona 2018 draw ceremony will take place next Wednesday, March 7th, at the RTVE-Catalunya studios in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona).

Picture: Clash between Georgia and Israel held in Tbilisi (Georgian Aquatic Sports National Federation)