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Serbia, France, Russia and Italy seek medals at Universiade

Viktor Rasovic (Serbia) photo: waterpoloserbia.org

The water polo competition at the 29th Summer Universiade in Chinese Taipei is near to the end. The quarterfinal matches of the men’s tournament were played today.

Mostly because of an unusual tournament system, the quarterfinals saw the encounters between teams which already played each other in the preliminary competition.

Serbia, France, Italy and Russia advanced to the semifinals. Serbia will clash France, while Italy and will meet in the semifinals next week.

The match Serbia – Hungary was the highlight of the quarterfinals. Serbs, led by Strahinja Rasovic (3 goals), beat Hungary, which won gold at the 2015 Universiade, 9:7 (in Group C Serbia won 8:4). Match didn’t have an exciting ending. Serbia earned a five-goal lead in the middle of the last period when Vasic scored for 9:4. Hungary netted three goals in a row, but it was too late for a turn. The Hungarians won’t defend gold, which they won at the 28th Universiade in Gwangju 2015.

Italy is the only of medal winners at the 2015 Universiade that advanced to the semifinals in Chinese Taipei. The Italians won silver two years ago. The USA team, which took bronze in Gwangju, is playing in the competition for the 9th place Chinese Taipei.

In the quarterfinals, the Italians took revenge for their defeat against The Netherlands in Group B (6:8). In a low-scoring game, Italy beat the Dutch 6:4. The first goal was seen in the 12th minute when Dolce (Italy) converted an extra-man advantage to a 1:0 lead. Italy has a two-goal advantage (2:0), but till the 5-minute rest, The Netherlands managed to equalise (2:2). Before the last period, the Italians led 4:3. They earned a crucial advantage 4:40 before the end, when Di Somma scored for 6:3.

France again beat Great Britain very convincingly. Today, in quarterfinal game the French defeated the Great Britain team 13:4 (in Group the score was 17:5). Charles Bernard Cannone was a leader of the France team. He scored 4 goals as well as the whole team of Great Britain.

Russia defeated Japan in the last quarterfinal – 12:7 The Japanese led 1:0 and 3:2 in the first quarter. The Russians tightened their defence after that. On the other side, they scored seven consecutive goals for a 9:3 lead (6:24 by the end of the 3rd period). Japan couldn’t recover from this shock and suffered another defeat from the same rival (Russia won 8:6 in Group D).

Men’s tournament: Scores, schedule

Quarterfinals

France 13:4 Great Britain
(4:1, 2:1, 6:1, 1:1)

France: Canonne 5, Izdinsky 3, Crosetti 1, Lepoint 1, De Nardi 1, Bachelier 1, Caumette 1.

Great Britain: Hirsch 2, Paddon 1, Winstanley 1.

Hungary 7:9 Serbia
(2:4, 0:2, 2:2, 3:1)

Hungary: Jansik 4, Kovacs 2, Gyarfas 1.
Serbia: S. Rasovic 3, Drasovic 2, Vico 1, Jaksic 1, Stojanovic 1, Vasic 1.

The Netherlands 4:6 Italy
(0:0, 2:2, 1:2, 1:2)

The Netherlands: Lindhout 1, Veenhuis 1, Van den Burg 1, Van Ijperen 1.
Italy: Dolce 2, Canella 1, Maccioni 1, Di Somma 1, Casasola 1.

Japan 7:12 Russia
(3:3, 0:4, 2:4, 2:1)

Japan: Adachi 3, Yoshida 2, IIda 2.
Russia: Derviankin 2, Merkulov 2, Lazarev 2, Balakirev 2, Suckov 1, Kholod 1, Shepelec 1, Kharkov 1.

Classification 9th – 16th places
South Africa – Canada 6:7
South Korea – Chinese Taipei 15:4
Romania – USA 10:13
Australia – Argentina 6:5

Eight-finals
France – South Africa 13:5, Great Britain – Canada 7:6, South Korea – Hungary 8:12, Chinese Taipei – Serbia 1:32, Netherlands – Romania 8:6, Italy – USA 12:9, Australia – Japan 9:15, Argentina – Russia 2:17.

Results of the preliminary competition can be found here

SCHEDULE

Classification 1st – 4th place (semifinals)
Serbia – France
Italy – Russia

Classification 5th – 8th place (semifinals)
Great Britain – Hungary
The Netherlands

Classification 9th – 12th places (semifinals)
Canada – South Korea
USA – Australia

Classification 13th – 16th place (semifinals)
Romania – Argentina
South Africa – Chinese Taipei

 

Women’s tournament: USA and Russia with no mistake

Preliminary competition at the women’s tournament was ended today.

Russia dominated in Group A and secured the first place after victory against Hungary (12:11), in the 4th round. Hungary took the 2nd place. The ladies from Hungary won 6 points, like Japan and Canada, so the ranking from 2nd to 4th place was determined in „mini table“ with results of these three teams. Japan finished as 3rd, Canada was 4th.

The United States of America team achieved five convincing victories in Group B.

SCORES, STANDINGS,  SCHEDULE

Group A

Day 1: Canada – New Zealand 15:4, Hungary – Japan 17:6, Russia – Great Britain 25:5.
Day 2: New Zealand – Japan 10:14, Great Britain – Hungary 3:28, Canada – Russia 11:17.
Day 3: Japan – Great Britain 18:4, Russia – New Zealand 23:3, Hungary – Canada 5:8.
Day 4: New Zealand – Great Britain 9:9, Canada – Japan 11:12, Russia – Hungary 12:11
Day 5: Hungary – New Zealand 15:4, Japan – Russia 14:18, Canada – Great Britain 24:5.

1. Russia 5 – 10
2. Hungary 5 – 6
3. Japan 5 – 6
4. Canada 5 – 6
5. Great Britain 5 – 1
6. New Zealand 5 – 1

Group B

Day 1: Australia – Greece 10:3, USA – France 15:4, Italy – Argentina 20:4.
Day 2: Greece – France 5:15, Argentina – USA 1:19, Australia – Italy 6:8
Day 3: France – Argentina 11:4, Italy – Greece 14:3, USA – Australia 17:3.
Day 4:Greece – Argentina 8:5, Australia – France 6:8, Italy – USA 3:16.
Day 5: USA – Greece 18:3, France – Italy 5:8, Argentina – Australia 1:22.

1. USA 5 – 10
2. Italy 5 -8
3. France 5 – 6
4. Australia 5 – 4
5. Greece 5 – 2
6. Argentina 5 – 0

Quarterfinals
Russia – Australia
Hungary – France
Japan – Italy
Canada – Russia

 

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