Water Polo World Championship

Serbia, Croatia, Hungary and Montenegro in the quarters, USA is out, Italy goes the hard way

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Serbia, Croatia, Hungary and Montenegro water polo teams will go directly to the quarter-final of the FINA 2017 World Championship in Budapest, while the USA is eliminated just after the first phase of the competition. All four heavy favorites scored victories in the matches of the Round 3, USA did it also but it was not enough to escape from the bottom place in the group.

Group A

Canadian water polo team was close to big success but eventually didn’t make it to the knock-out phase. Canadians drew 6-6 against Brasil and they had to win.

They were on the right path to do so, but Coutinho scored an equalizing goal for Brazilians and Canada couldn’t score a winning goal in the finish of the game.

Brazil will play in the next stage as will Kazakhstan who is equal on points with Canada but beat them in direct clash 10-9.

Montenegro easily beat Kazakhstan 13:5 and is heading towards quarter-finals as the winner of the group. Montenegro led with 7:0, and the Kazakhs scored their first goal in the second minute of the third quarter when Schmider found the net.

The attack did not stop after that, and Uros Cuckovic played the best match for the national team in career so far. He scored four goals from four shots.

In the quarter-final, Montenegrins will play against the winner of a duel between Greece and Japan.

Group B

The hosts, Hungary beat France 13:7, but it was not the best performance for the heavy favorites. Nevertheless, they won the first place and a spot in the quarter-final. Only in the first quarter, Hungarians played some great water polo, but then France answered.

Unfortunately for them, it was enough only for a „decent“ defeat which left them on the bottom of the standings in this group.

Marton Vamos was especially in the good mood to play as he scored four goals, while Denes Varga found the net three times tonight.

And Hungary can thank Australia for the direct place among the best eight teams because they managed not to lose with 11 or more goals against Italy. Azzurri won 13:5 but this victory only means they have to go to first knockout round.

And there Italy will play against Kazakhstan. Tonight Italians started well and had six goals advantage at the half-time. For a moment it seemed like it is possible they get to the magic number 11. But in the third quarter, they conceded three goals and then couldn’t find the right amount of fire power in the last eight minutes.

Figlioli and Bodegas both scored three goals each, while Aicardi and Di Fulvio found the net two times each.

SPAIN DIDN’T MAKE A MISTAKE, BRAVE JAPAN

Group C

In C group Serbian water polo players secured the first place in the standings and quarter-final visa with a win in a derby match against Greece 11:6.

Both rivals had a maximum performance with two triumphs ahead of this match, and Dejan Savic’s selection had a better goal difference and needed just a point to secure top spot.

Still, they did not give up anything and won convincingly to secure a couple of days more to rest before the quarters.

The Greeks played good in the first half, even took 3:2 advantage at the beginning of the second quarter, but after the break, they did not have a solution for Serbian “dolphins”. Dejan Savić can now, in peace, prepare the team for Tuesday and a new challenge.

The most efficient player in Serbia was Filip Filipovic with three goals, while Dusan Mandic scored two.

In the second match of this group Spanish water polo team win easily against South Africa – 16:4. But it was not so comfortable for Spaniards in the first half as they had only two goal lead – 4:2.

However, in the third and fourth period Spanish water polo players, especially Gutierrez and Mallarch demonstrated some offensive power to secure their team a place in the knockout stage of the tournament.

Group D

Shock for the United States water polo team after elimination in the first phase of the World championships! Dejan Udovicic’s team beat Russia 14:11 but it was not enough to escape from the last place in the standings.

Americans had the worst goal-difference in the circle with other two rivals – Japan and Russia. Udovicic’s team started furiously against Russia and took a 6:1 lead.

Russians came back in the second quarter, but Cupido and Bowen managed to secure a win for the Americans in the second half. But in the end, they didn’t have much to be happy about.

After a huge upset Japan made with a win against USA couple of days ago, Asian team did not manage to repeat that kind of a game versus Croatia.

Croats won easily 16:6 (5-1, 5-3, 4-1, 2-1), secured the first place in the group D and confirmed direct placement in the quarter-finals.

The favorite started impressively by netting five goals in the first quarter. Buslje, then two from Jokovic, followed by Fatovic and Loncar showed the Japanese they have no reason to be optimistic.

Already at the half-time Croatian water polo team had a big six goals advantage (10:4). Sukno and Vukicevic sealed this win at the starting moments of the third quarter.

 

RESULTS AND STANDINGS

Group A

Brazil – Canada 6:6 (1:2, 3:2, 1:2, 1:0)

Brazil: Coutinho 2, Cruz 1, P. Stellet 1, Guimaraes 1, Freitas 1.
Canada: Thumwood 1, Torakis 1, Soleimanipak 1, Halaijan, Constantin-Bicari, D’Souza 1

Montenegro – Kazakhstan 13:5 (2:0, 4:0, 3:2, 4:3)

Montenegro: Cuckovic 4, Dr. Brguljan 1, M. Petkovic 1, Da. Brguljan 1, A. Radovic 1, Ukropina 1, D. Radovic 1, Misic 1, Murisic 1
Kazakhstan: Ukumanov 2, Shmider 1, Verdesh 1, Ruday

1.Montenegro 3 – 5 pts
2.Brazil 3 – 3
3.Kazakhstan 3 – 2
4. Canada 3 – 2

Group B

France – Hungary 7:13 (1:6, 3:2, 1:3, 2:2)

France: Marzouki 4, Camarasa 2, Izdinsky 1
Hungary: Vamos 4, Varga 3, Zalanki 2, Hosnyanszky 1, Manhercz 1, Erdelyi 1, Gor-Nagy 1.

Australia – Italy 5:13 (2:5, 0:3, 3:2, 0:3)

Australia: Putt 1, Edwards 1, Younger 1, Ford 1, Fannon 1.
Italy: Figlioli 3, Bodegas 3, Di Fulvio 2, Aicardi 2, N. Presciutti 1, Fondelli 1, Renzuto 1.

1.Hungary 3 – 5pts
2.Italy 3 – 5
3.Australia 3 – 2
3.France 3 – 0

Group C

Spain – South Africa 16:4 (3:2, 1:0, 6:1, 6:1)

Spain: Gutierrez 3, Espanol 3, Mallarch 3, Tahull 2, Lopez 2, Granados, Fernandez
South Africa: Rodda 1, Card 1, Brown 1, Rabie 1

Serbia – Greece 11:6 (2:1, 3:3, 3:0, 3:2)

Serbia: Filipovic 3, Mandic 2, Randjelović 1, Pijetlovic 1, Aleksić 1, Jaksic 1, Prlainovic 1, Mitrovic 1.
Greece: Delakas 2, Genidunas 1, Fountoulis 2, Murikis 1.

1.Serbia 3 – 6 pts
2.Greece 3 – 4
3.Spain 3 – 2
4.South Africa 3 – 0

Group D

USA – Russia 14:11 (6:1, 3:5, 3:1, 2:4)

USA: Cupido 4, Bowen 4, Dunstan 2, Hooper 2, Roelse 1, Irving 1,
Russia: Shepelev 2, Merkulov 2, Nagaev 2, Bugaychuk 2, Dereviankin, Kholod, Lisunov

Japan – Croatia 6:16 (1:5, 3:5, 1:4, 1:2)

Japan: Arai 2, Yoshida 1, IIda 1, Inaba 1, Okawa 1.
Italy: Fatovic 3, Loncar 3, Sukno 3, Jokovic 3, Buslje 1, Garcia 1, Vukicevic 1, Buljubasic 1.

1.Croatia  3 – 6pts
2. Russia 3 – 2
3. Japan 3 – 2
4- USA 3 – 2

 

Knock-out round

July 23

Brazil – Australia
Kazakhstan – Italy
Greece – Japan
Spain – Russia

Quarter-finals

July 25

Montenegro – Greece/Japan
Hungary – Spain/Russia
Serbia – Brazil/Australia
Croatia – Kazakhstan/Italia

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