Italy beats Hungary after replay, Spain dominates Croatia

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Confusion, protest and a replay were the ingredients of a controversial finish of the first quarterfinal of the 2016 European Junior Championships in Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands on Thursday. Here Hungary thought to have scored a late equaliser as Adam Nagy scored from an extra man in the final seconds celebrating heavily. The Italians looked confused as the scoreboard still displayed a 13-12 lead for them. They played out the clock and congratulated each other. The result? A difference in the official score sheet and scoreboard. According to Hungarian coach Georgy Horkai already mentioned to the referees during the final period several times but no action was taken then. Now following the match heavy Hungarian protest led to a replay of the final 3.49 minutes but with one important condition; an exclusion without substitution for 4 minutes for Henrik Simon for an alleged punch at the 4.50 mark still stood so Hungary was shorthanded in the water and therefore unable to turn things around. Italy, the upper side for most of the match anyway, quickly walked away and secured a 13-10 victory and semi-final spot. Krisztian Manhercz, Hungary’s 2016 Olympian, scored 6 goals but could not avoid the defeat. A formal protest by Hungary after the match was rejected later that night.

Another striking result saw Spain dominating Croatia in the second half for a 3-12 victory. With another 2016 Olympian, Spain’s Roger Tahull leading the way with 4 goals, the Iberians walked away from last week’s U18 World Youth champions Croatia in the second half following a 2-4 half-time score. Spain will now meet Italy in Saturday’s semifinals. The other semis match-up will feature Russia, who controlled home side the Netherlands 8-11, and Serbia who edged Greece turning around a 7-6 half-time deficit into a 10-12 win. Greece proved a worthy opponent, actually came back to 10-11 with 4.25 to play, but as Filip Radojevic answered for Serbia, had to settle for the loss as the Serbian defence held on in the final minutes.


2016 European Junior Championships U19
The Netherlands

Women (The Hague)

Day 5 results

Thursday, September 15

Quarterfinals qualification

Bulgaria vs. Romania 10-19
France vs. Turkey 9-4
Great Britain vs. Serbia 7-12
Spain vs. Slovakia 18-4
Hungary vs. Israel 22-6
Germany vs. Croatia 11-4

Day 6

Friday, September 16

08.30: Bulgaria vs. Turkey (15th/16h place)
10.00: Romania vs. France (13th/14th place)
11.30: Great Britain vs. Israel (8th-12th place semifinal)
13.00: Slovakia vs. Croatia (8th-12th place semifinal)

14.30: Serbia vs. Greece
16.00: Spain vs. Russia
17.30: Germany vs. Italy
19.00: Hungary vs. the Netherlands


Men (Alphen aan den Rijn)

Day 5 results

Thursday, September 15

9th place semi-finals

Romania vs. Montenegro 7-13
Germany vs. Georgia 8-15

Italy vs. Hungary 13-10
Netherlands vs. Russia 8-11
Croatia vs. Spain 3-12
Greece vs. Serbia 10-12

Day 6

Friday, September 16

12.00: Slovakia vs. Azerbaijan (15th/16th place)
14.00: Turkey vs. Malta (13th/14th place)
16.00: Romania vs. Germany (11th/12th place)
18.00: Montenegro vs. Georgia (9th/10th place)

Day 7

Saturday, September 17

12.00: Hungary vs. Croatia (5th-8th place semifinal)
14.00: Netherlands vs. Greece (5th-8th place semifinal)

16.00: Italy vs. Spain
18.00: Russia vs. Serbia

N.b.: time mentioned is local time.

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