FINA World League

Easy wins for Hungary, Serbia, Spain, and Italy

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All of the favorites won in the Round two of the FINA World League games played on Tuesday night throughout the European continent.

Serbia achieved the first win in this year’s World League. Dejan Savic combined team easily took care of the business against Romania in Bucharest.

In the first two quarters Serbia played an excellent defense, and if they just had more patience in the extra player situations, the advantage could have been even bigger.

In the third quarter, Serbian water polo players relaxed a little bit, and
Romanians managed to score four goals in that period. But, in the last eight minutes, Serbia woke up and opened the door to a convincing win. Strahinja Rasovic had a man of the match performance with four goals.

In the match against Russia, the Hungarian national team won 15:8. The visiting team started the match in a good fashion. In the second minute, Balázs Hárai gave Hungary the lead, but the home team quickly answered.

However, Gergo Kovacs and Denes Varga kept the Hungarian water polo team on the right track. Gergely Zalánki scored Hungary’s fourth goal, followed by a hattrick from fantastic Varga. Balázs Erdélyi’s goal crowned the quarter for the Hungarians, which won this period 5-1.

Everything was over when in the third quarter David Jansik increased Hungary’s lead to 10:3.

Spain national team won against Ukraine in Kharkiv 11:3. It was a game in which David Martin gave a chance to a few young players for a debut.

The Ukrainian team has not made things easy. In fact, the Spanish players have only been able to score two goals in a first eight minutes. However, Furia Roja accelerated in the second period.

De Toro, Tahull, Cabanas, and Bustos all found the net during those eight minutes and gave Spain a comfortable 6:0 lead at the halftime. After that, it was all just a matter of a routine for the visiting team.

World League, Round 2

Germany 23:9 Malta
(3:4, 7:1, 5:2, 8:2)

Greece 14:9 Netherlands
(4:0, 4:3, 4:3, 2:3)

Greece: Gounas 3, Vlachopoulos 2, Gennidounias 2, Argyropoulos 2, Mourikis 2, Dervisis, Skoumpakis, Fountoulis
Netherlands:

Italy 12:3 France
(4:0, 4:1, 1:2, 3:0)

Italy: Di Fulvio 2, Aicardi 2, Damonte 2, Echenique 2, Molina 2, Bertoli, Velotto
France: Saudadier, Blary, Crousillat

Romania 6:13 Serbia
(1:3, 0:2, 4:3, 1:5)

Romania: Radu, Fulea, Protesa, Cioveanu, Georgescu, Gheorghe
Serbia: S. Rasovic 4, Stojanovic 3, Cuk 2, Filipovic 2, Lukic, V. Rasovic

Russia 8:15 Hungary
(2:3, 1:5, 1:3, 4:4)

Russia: Merkulov 3, Kharkov 2, Kholod, Dereviankin, Koptsev
Hungary: Varga 5, Erdelyi 3, Kovacs 2, Zalanki, Vamos, Harai, Pasztor, Jansik

Ukraine 3:11 Spain
(0:2, 0:4, 1:1, 2:4)

Ukraine: Ratkov, Mametyev, Gusakov
Spain: De Toro 3, Sanahuja 2, Cabanas 2, Granados, Pericas, Tahull, Bustos

Standings

Group A

1. Hungary 2 games – 6 pts
2. Germany 2 – 3
3. Russia 2 – 3
4. Malta 2 – 0

Group B

1. Greece 2 – 6
2. Spain 2 – 3
3. Netherlands 2 – 3
4. Ukraine 2 – 0

Group C

1. Italy 2 – 4
2. Montenegro 1 – 2
3. France 1 – 0

Group D

1. Croatia 1 – 3
2. Serbia 1 – 3
3. Romania 2 – 0

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