Favorites continue to live up to expectations at the FINA World League Super Final tournament in the Russian city of Ruza.
National water polo teams of Serbia, Italy, Croatia and United States booked their places in the semifinal of the tournament.
Croatia scored the biggest victory in the quarterfinals and it was against Kazakhstan – 19:3.
The winning team really didn’t have any problems against today’s rival and with a great display in the first quarter and 6:0 it was clear how this is going to end.
Setka was once again the best player in Croatian team with five goals. In the semifinal, they are going to play against Italy.
SERBS PLAYED WITHOUT DEFENSE IN THE SECOND HALF
Serbian national team also skipped another obstacle in Ruza. Dejan Savic’s team beat Japan easily, but conceded goals – 19:10. And the spectators could have seen much more goals because it was that type of the game.
The defending champions reached their next goal – place in the semifinals but there they will have to perform much better against the USA.
Today, in the first half Serbian team played well offensively and defensively and they finished this part of the game with a 10:1 lead.
The Japanese were completely powerless, drawn into the Serbian game system where their physical inferiority was an easy prey to the opponent.
After the break, Japan water polo players played a compeletely different game. The goals just kept coming on the both sides od the swimming pool. It was definitely atypical water polo.
Serbian advantage was ten goals several times.
FIGLIOLI BRILLIANT AGAINST AUSSIES
Italian national team today also played some good water polo against Australia and won 13-5 with no problems. Azzurri easily proved their technical and organizational quality.
Aussies scored the first goal of the game, Younger found the net. But that was all. Then brilliant Figlioli completely took control of the game.
He scored five goals of which four came in the firsts 16 minutes. And in that period Italians opened the door of this victory.
But at the next step, in the semifinals, Azzurri will have to put their performance a level up, because their rival is Croatia.
USA LIKE A TORNADO IN THE SECOND QUARTER
In the last quarter-final match in Ruza, American water polo team beat host Russia 8-6 in a thrilling game. Russian team dreamt about coming back to one of the top places in elite water polo, but the USA stopped them.
Americans made a decisive break in the second quarter. It was 2-2 in one moment and then Bowen, Marko Vavic, Ramirez and Carnilla consecutive goals to give the USA a 6-2 lead.
The Russians try to come back, but it was too late for them.
Americans will face Serbia in the semifinals.
Italy – Australia 13-5 (3-1, 4-2, 4-1, 2-1)
Serbia – Japan 19-10 (4-1, 6-0, 4-3, 5-6)
Kazakhstan – Croatia 3-19 (0-6, 2-3, 0-6, 1-4)
USA – Russia 8-6 (2-1, 4-2, 2-1, 0-2)
Italy – Croatia
USA – Serbia