Defending Italian champions Pro Recco are up 1-0 in this year’s Italian league playoffs finals. On Thursday, Recco defeated Brescia 9-8, thanks to a late man-up goal from Alex Giorgetti with less than a minute to play. The home team had a two-point advantage five times with Brescia reparing that deficit just twice (3-3 and 8-8). It was not enough as Giorgetti’s dagger gave Recco the lead in the series and the chance of becoming Italy’s champion on Sunday in Brescia where game 2 is scheduled at 20.30 local time. Meanwhile, in the battle for third place Posillipo is leading their series 1-0 over last year’s playoffs finalist Savona after beating the reigning Euro Cup winners 8-14 in Savona on Wednesday. Acquachiara will try to finish in fifth place, important to play in the European club competition next season, beating Florentia 8-7 on Thursday now leading that series 1-0.
Italian national championship
Finals – Game 1
Ferla Pro Recco – Asociazione Nuotatori Brescia 9-8 (4-3, 1-0, 0-1, 4-4)
Goals Pro Recco: Aleksandar Ivovic 4, Alex Giorgetti (pictured) 2, Niccolo Figari, Pietro Figlioli, Luigi di Costanzo.
Goals Brescia: Christian Presciutti 2, Roberto Calcaterra 2, Marko Elez 2, Enrico Mammarella, Alessandro Nora.
3rd – 4th place
Carisa Savona – C.N. Posillipo 8-14 (2-2, 1-3, 3-5, 2-4)
Goals Savona: Antonio Petrovic 3, Federico Mistrangelo 2, Valerio Rizzo, Mladjan Janovic, Goran Fiorentini.
Goals Posillipo: Vjekoslav Paskovic 4, Fabrizio Buonocore 2, Valentino Gallo 2, Alessandro Calcaterra 2, Amaurys Perez, Zeno Bertoli, Fabio Baraldi, Giuliano Mattiello.
5th – 6th place
Carpisa Yamamay Acquachiara – Rari Nantes Florentia 8-7 (2-1, 2-4, 3-0, 1-2)
Goals Acquachiara: Antonio Petkovic 2, Luca Fiorillo 2, Domenico Mattiello, Tamas Marcz, Gianmarco Guidaldi, Fabio Bencivenga.
Goals Florentia: Federico Pagani 3, Albert Español 2, Francesco di Fulvio, Luigi Gobbi.