Water Polo World Championship

Serbia, Croatia, Hungary and Italy qualify for the quarterfinals in Gwangju

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The last matches of the Group Stage at the 18th World Water Polo Championships in Gwangju (South Korea) was played today.

Serbia, Croatia, Hungary and Italy advanced directly to the quarterfinals of the male tournament.

Serbia, which plays with a very young team won the 1st place in Group A. Seven Serbian superstars misses the tournament: Filip FIlipovic, Dusko and Gojko Pijetlovic,Andrija Prlainovic, Milan Aleksic, Stefan and Branislav Mitrovic. After winning the gold in the World League, had coach Savic decided to rest the most experienced players. After a draw with Montenegro (10:10) and a convincing win over host South Korea (22:3), Serbia was outstanding on Day 3 and beat Greece (9:3) to take the 1st place.

Croatia, the reigning champion, dominated Group B. The Croats beat all 3 rivals with ease: Australia (14:4), USA (17:7) and Kazakhstan (21:5).

Hungary managed to defeat Spain in the derby (13:11) to win the 1st place in Group C and to advance to the quarterfinals. Hungary has been playing without Denes Varga since the 2nd round. Varga, Hungary’s captain, broke his finger in the match against New Zealand in the 1st round.

Italy finished 1st in Group D.

The USA, Russia, Spain and Italy won 1st places in their respective groups of the female tournament. One of the highlights of the Group Stage was Hungary’s win over South Korea – 64:0, which is the biggest winning margin in the history of the World Championships. South Korea didn’t have a female water polo team until May.

18th FINA World Championships, Gwangju

Men’s water polo tournament

Group A

Serbia – Montenegro 10:10 (4:3, 2:2, 2:4, 2:1)
South Korea –Greece 3:26 (0:7, 0:7, 1:3, 2:9)

Greece – Montenegro 10:10 (3:3, 1:2, 4:4, 2:1)
Serbia – South Korea 22:2 (6:1, 5:0, 4:1,7:0)

Serbia – Greece 9:3 (3:1, 3:2, 0:0, 3:0)
South Korea – Montenegro 6:24 (1:6, 1:4, 1:8, 3:6)

1 Serbia 3 – 5
2 Montenegro 3 – 4
3 Greece 3 – 3
4 South Korea 3 – 0

Group B

Croatia – Australia 14:4 (4:1, 2:1, 4:0, 4:2)
USA – Kazakhstan 16:7 (4:1, 4:2, 3:2, 5:2)

USA – Croatia 7:17 (1:4, 3:5, 2:4, 1:4)
Australia – Kazakhstan 17:8 (4:1, 5:1, 3:4, 5:2)

USA – Australia 12:11 (4:3, 3:3, 2:2, 3:3)
Croatia – Kazakhstan 21:5 (6:1, 5:1, 5:1, 5:2)

1 Croatia 3 – 6
2 USA 3 – 4
3 Australia 3 – 2
4 Kazakhstan 3 – 0

Group C

South Africa – Spain 3:23 (1:6, 1:5, 1:4, 0:8)
New Zealand – Hungary 4:24 (0:4, 1:7, 2:6, 1:7)

Hungary – Spain 13:11 (4:2, 5:4, 3:0, 1:5)
South Africa – New Zealand 8:8 (2:0, 2:2, 2:4, 2:2)

South Africa – Hungary 5:23 (1:5, 2:5, 0:8, 2:5)
New Zealand – Spain 3:23 (0:8, 1:5, 1:7, 1:3)

1 Hungary 3 – 6
2 Spain 3 – 4
3 South Africa 3 – 1 (-38)
4 New Zealand 3 – 1 (-40)

Group D

Brazil – Italy 5:14 (3:5, 1:2, 0:5, 1:2)
Germany – Japan 9:9 (3:2, 4:3, 1:3, 1:1)

Japan – Italy 7:9 (0:2, 2:1, 4:4, 1:2)
Brazil – Germany 8:15 (1:4, 1:6, 2:2, 4:3)

Brazil – Japan 9:11 (2:2, 1:5, 3:3, 3:1)
Germany – Italy 7:8 (2:1, 2:3, 3:2, 0:2)

1 Italy 3 – 6
2 Germany 3 – 4
3 Japan 3 – 4
4 Brazil 3 – 0

The Preliminary Round 2 in which will compete teams that took 2nd and 3rd places in their groups will be played on July 21st. Quarterfinals will be held two days later.

Quarterfinals (July 23)

Serbia (1A) – winner of the match between Spain (2C) and Japan (3D)
Croatia (1B) – Germany (2D) or South Africa (3C)
Hungary (1C) – Montenegro (A2) or Australia(B3)
Italy (1D) –  USA (B2) or Greece (A3)

Semifinals for ranking 13th – 16th place (July 21): South Korea – Kazakhstan, New Zealand – Brazil.

Women’s water polo tournament

Group A

South Africa – Netherlands 0:33 (0:7, 0:10, 0:9, 0:7)
New Zealand – USA 3:22 (0:8, 1:4, 0:6,2:4)

USA – Netherlands 12:9 (3:2, 1:2, 4:3, 4:2)
South Africa – New Zealand 4:17 (0:6, 0:2, 2:6, 2:3)

South Africa – USA 1:26 (0:7, 1:8, 0:6, 0:5)
New Zealand – Netherlands 6:15 (0:2, 3:4, 1:4, 2:5)

1 USA 3 – 6
2 Netherlands 3 – 4
3 New Zealand 3 – 2
4 South Africa 3 – 0

Group B

Hungary – South Korea 64:0 (16:0, 18:0, 16:0, 14:0)
Canada – Russia 10:18 (1:2, 2:5, 4:5, 3:6)

South Korea – Russia 1:30 (0:7, 0:9, 0:8, 1:6)
Canada – Hungary 14:15 (2:3, 4:5, 3:5, 5:2)

Hungary – Russia 12:17 (4:6, 3:5, 1:2, 4:4)
Canada – South Korea 22:2 (5:0, 6:0, 6:0, 5:2)

1 Russia 3 – 6
2 Hungary 3 – 4
3 Canada 3 – 2
4 South Korea 3 – 0

Group C

Greece – Spain 4:14 (1:6, 2:2, 0:3, 1:3)
Cuba – Kazakhstan 6:9 (0:1, 3:1, 2:4, 1:3)

Spain – Kazakhstan 18:6 (3:1, 7:3, 3:1, 5:1)
Cuba – Greece 4:20 (0:5, 3:6, 0:5, 1:4)

Cuba – Spain 6:19 (0:7, 1:6, 4:3, 1:3)
Greece – Kazakhstan 13:7 (4:1, 4:1, 1:3, 4:2)

1 Spain 3 – 6
2 Greece 3 – 4
3 Kazakhstan 3 – 2
4 Cuba 3 – 0

Group D

Italy – Australia 10:9 (3:0, 3:2, 3:3, 1:4)
Japan – China 6:8 (2:1, 1:1, 2:4, 1:2)

Australia – China 14:12 (4:4, 5:3, 3:3, 2:2)
Japan – Italy 7:9 (2:3, 2:3, 1:1, 2:2)

Italy – China 14:6 (5:1, 3:1, 4:2, 2:2)
Japan – Australia 7:9 (2:3, 2:1, 1:2, 2:3)

1 Italy 3 – 6
2 Australia 3 – 4
3 China 3 – 2
4 Japan 3 – 0

Preliminary round 2 will be played tomorrow. The winners of four games will advance to the quarterfinals.

Quarterfinals (July 22)

USA (1A) – Greece (2C) or China (3D)
Russia (1B) – Australia (2D) or Kazakhstan (3C)
Spain (1C) – Netherlands (2A) or Canada (3B)
Italy (1D) – Hungary (2B) or New Zealand (3A)

Semifinals for places 13 – 16 (July 20): South Africa – South Korea, Cuba – Japan

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