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23.02.2019   KINEF-Surgutneftegas (RUS) Pulls off Crazy Victory in Euro League

The first game of the Euro League Quarterfinals in Kirishi between the reigning European champions and Vouliagmeni (GRE) became a true spectacle. Both teams kept the spectators on the edge of their seats untill the last second – when the balance of the dramatic game tipped for the last time.

The beginning of the match was quite disheartening for the host team KINEF-Surgutneftegas.  Almost all long-distance shots by Vouliagmeni reached the goal while the Kirishi players struggled to get the ball past the Olympic champion Ashleigh Johnson. 

This continued untill 1.28 before the end of the first quarter when the Greek team was leading 1:5. 

Only then did KINEF-Surgutneftegas players recover from the stress, work out their defensive play and chase after Vouliagmeni. 

They succeeded in catching up as early as the beginning of the second quarter – 6:6 followed by 7:7. Notably, at two points in that period the Kirishi team found itself defending against six Greek players with only four of its own players and managed to protect its goal both times. 

However, the next turn of the incredible see-saw game was in Vouliagmeni's favor – 8:10 with two minutes left before end of the third quarter. 

That made the finale all the more interesting and dynamic. In the final quarter KINEF-Surgutneftegas mustered the strength for a final push.  With 5 minutes left on the clock Anastasia Simanovich equalized the score once again – 10:10. The goal was the fourth this game for Simanovich who became the most effective player of the match. 

And with 1.41 left before the end of the match Tatiana Zubkova put KINEF-Surgutneftegas in the lead for the first time to a tremendous roar from the stands. 

Vouliagmeni did everything it could to at least salvage a draw and had the last attack of the match, but Kirishi players defended flawlessly during the last seconds.

The result – 11:10 to the Kirishi team and stormy applause from the stands packed with spectators untill the Russian players left for the dressing room. 

Euro League, Quarterfinals. Kirishi. 

KINEF-Surgutneftegas (RUS) – Vouliagmeni (GRE) – 11:10 (3:5, 2:1, 4:4, 2:0)

KINEF-Surgutneftegas: Karnaukh, Zubkova (3), Prokofyeva, Simanovich (4), Diachenko (1), Krimer (2), Hamzaeva, Kirilcheva, Iakusheva, Soboleva, Ivanova (1), Ryzhkova, Smykova.   

Vouliagmeni: Johnson, Charalampidi (3), Chydirioti (1), Elliniadi (1), Giannopoulou, Xenaki (2), Ninou, Patra, Kotsia, Diamantopoulou, Raney (3), Mastrokalou, Kotsioni.