Juniors

Flood of goals at the start of the World Junior Championship

Photo: Ivica Veselinov/WP OF SERBIA

More than 180 goals were scored on Day 1 of the 19th Men’s World Junior Championship (under 20 years) in Belgrade. Precisely – 189 goals (23,6 per match).  Favourites beat their respective weak rivals very convincingly. They were improving their goal differences because that might be a decisive factor at the end of the group phase of the competition. Only one true derby was played today. Croatia defeated Montenegro  9:6.

A group

In the opening match of the competition, Greece blew away Puerto Rico (26:1). Every Greece player, except goalkeepers, scored at least one goal.

The Russians demolished Iran (19:2), but they had ups and downs. In the first quarter, Russia had a 100% efficiency (13 goals from 13 shots), while Iran couldn’t score in the first 8 minutes. But there were no goals in the second period (0:0). Iran scored its two goals in the last minute of the third quarter, which was ended 6:2.

Croatia celebrated in a derby

B group

Spain and Greece played a “crazy” encounter. Spain grabbed an early lead (3:0), but Japan soon took the control of the game. The Asians led 8:7 after the first half. The Spaniards were 16:10 up before the last rest, and kept the victory in the fourth quarter – 19:11.

Montenegro Croatia

Montenegro-Croatia (click to enlarge)

Croatia defeated Montenegro in the match of the day (9:6). This game was a “half replay” of the gold medal match at the 2016 World Youth Championship in Podgorica, where Croatia beat Montenegro 16:13. Now, both teams have six players who competed in Podgorica. Today, the Croats controlled the encounter for most of the time. The 3rd quarter determined the rest of the match. Croatia netted three goals in a row in a span of three minutes and gained a four-goal lead (8:4). Montenegro couldn’t recover after that. The score was 9:6 before the fourth period. In the last 8 minutes, the Montenegrins played more aggressive in the attack than their neighbours from the coast of The Adriatic Sea, but there weren’t goals on both sides of the pool, so the Croats won 9:6.

C group

Vladimir Vujasinovic

Serbia head coach Vladimir Vujasinovic (click to enlarge) Photo: Ivica Veselinov

Title holder Serbia had an easy job in the first round. The hosts downed Argentina 25:6. The team of Serbia led 16:1 after  16 minutes. Almost every shot of the home team ended in a net (19 shots – 16 goals). Vladimir Vujasinovic’s team slowed down in the third and the fourth quarter and scored “only” 9 goals. The Argentines couldn’t avoid a big defeat, but thanks to Nicolas Provenzano (3 goals in the last period), they were the equal opponent in the fourth quarter (4:3 for Serbia).

Australia played very good in defence in the match against China and won 14:4.  “Aussies” weren’t successful in counter attack (1 goal of 7 actions) and because of that, they didn’t achieve more convincing victory.

D group

Egypt is one of the outsiders, but the Africans showed a solid performance against Canada, which is among the candidates for a place in the quarterfinals. Canada had a 6:1 and a 7:3 lead in the third quarter. But, Egypt, pulled by Seifelden Hesham (5 goals) made a comeback (5:7 at the start of the last period). The Canadians didn’t let them achieve much more and celebrated an 11-7 victory.

In the last match of the day Hungary joined the teams which achieved big victories. Hungary beat South Africa with an easy – 26:2. Top scorer of the match, with 6 goals, was Krisztian Peter Manhercz, who won silver with the senior team of Hungary at the 17th WCH in Budapest seven days ago.

Scores, standings, schedule

Group A

Greece 26:1 Puerto Rico
(5:1, 4:0, 7:0, 10:0)

Greece: Nikolaidis 5, Papanastosiou 5, Masmanidis 5, Gardikas 2, Giannopoulos 2, Troulos 2, Skoumpakis 1, Gkuiouvetsis 1, Mouratidis 1, Delagrammatikas 1, Kapetanikis 1
Puerto Rico: Zavas 1

Russia 19:2 Iran
(13:0, 0:0, 3:2, 3:0)

Russia: Gusarov 4, Merkulov 3, Zakirov 3, Shein 2, Krug 2, Shiakutdinov 2, Kharkov 2, Usov 1.
Iran: Yazdankah 2.

Standings

1. Greece 1-2
2. Russia 1-2
3. Iran 1-0
4. Puerto Rico 1-0
5. USA 0-0

Group B

Spain 20:11 Japan
(3:4, 4:4, 9:2, 4:1)

Spain: Granados 6, Tahull 5, Valverde 3, De la Fuente 3, Carrasco 2, Garcia 1.
Japan: Suzuki 4, Aziawa 2, Kobayashi 1, Koppu 1, Date 1, Maita 1, Inaba

Montenegro 6:9 Croatia
(1:2, 3:3, 2:4, 0:0)

Montenegro: Ukropina 3, Spaic 2, Mitrovic 1.
Croatia: Zovic 2, Butic 2, Buric 2, Dasic 1, Pavlicevic 1, Duzevic 1.

Standings
1. Spain 1-2
2. Croatia 1-2
3. Montenegro 1-0
4. Japan 1-0
5. Netherlands 0-0

Group C

Australia 14:4 China
(4:0, 3:2, 2:2, 5:0)

Australia: Holden 4, Elphick 2, Put 2, Hallam 2, Kyrakou 2, Nangle 1, Vos 1.
China: B. Y. Wang 3, X.M. He 1.

Argentina 6:25 Serbia
(1:8, 0:8, 2:5, 3:4)

Argentina: Provenzano 3, Guido 2, Carlos 1.
Serbia: Radojevic 4, Radonjic 4, Lukic 4, Vucinic 4, Gvozdanovic 2, Drasovic 2, Toholj 2, Velkic 2, Tomic 1.

Standings
1. Serbia 1-2
2. Australia 1-2
3. China 1-0
4. Argentina 1-0
5. New Zealand 0-0

Group D

Egypt 7:11 Canada
(0:1, 1:4, 3:2, 3:4)

Egypt: Hesham 5, Eliwa 2, Essmat 1.
Canada Dsouza 4, Poliseno 3, Soleimanipak 2, Spooner 1, Cote 1.

Hungary 26:2 South Africa
(4:0, 7:0, 7:2, 8:0)

Hungary: Manhercz 6, Vadovics 3, Teleki 3, Selley-Rauser 2, Szatmari 2, Burian 2, Simon 2, Zernivary 1, Lukacs 1, Nagy 1.
South Africa: Van Zyl 1, Evezard 1.

Opening ceremony Belgrade

Opening ceremony (click to enlarge)

Standings
1. Hungary 1-2
2. Canada 1-2
3. Egypt 1-0
4. South Africa 1-0
5. Italy 0-0

Sunday, August 6th

9.00: Croatia-Spain; 10.20: Netherlands-Montenegro;  11.40: China-Argentina; 13.00: New Zealand-Australia; 16.40: South  Africa-Egypt; 18.00: Italy-Hungary; 19.20: Iran-Greece; 20.40: USA-Russia

Former players opened the championship

Vanja Udovicic

Vanja Udovicic (click to enlarge) Photo: Ivica Veselinov

Two former water polo players opened the championship. Vanja Udovicic, Minister for youth and sport in the Government of Serbia, and Serbia Water Polo Federation president Milorad Krivokapic saluted all competitors and wished them good results.

 

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