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U20 World Championship: Greece holds off USA, Serbia with no mercy

Charalampos Troulos (Greece) vs USA Photo: Ivica Veselinov

The third day of the 19th World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championship in Belgrade was played in cold weather ( after a hot weekend in Serbia). Despite relatively low temperature (21 Celsius), there were hot in the pool in several matches. In the derby of the day, Greece beat the USA. Croatia avoided a surprise in the match against Japan. Serbia, Italy, Spain achieved big victories.

Greece won a big battle

Group A

Gavin Arroyo USA

Gavin Arroyo, USA coach. Photo: Ivica Veselinov

The match of the day saw a close battle between Greece and the USA team. The Greeks led throughout the encounter, but the USA didn’t let them celebrate too early. Greece was two goals ahead for almost whole first half (2:0, 3:1, 4:2). The USA couldn’t find a solution to shut down Charalampos Troulos, who scored all three goals for Greece in the 1st quarter (3:1). The Americans came close in the middle of the 3rd period (4:3), but until the end of this quarter, Greeks went on 6:3.

Greece earned a new three-goal lead (7:4) 2:16 before the last buzzer. It wasn’t the end of the big battle. The USA managed to reduce the gap on 7:6 (40 seconds by the end). After that, Americans tried, with all their might and main, to steal the ball in the last attack of Greece. But, 18 seconds by the end Molthen was excluded, Greece got a new attack with an extra-man and kept the ball till the end. Greece achieved the 3rd win and made a big step to the quarterfinals.

The most exciting match of the morning programme was an encounter between Iran and Puerto Rico. The man of the match was Mehdi Yazdenkhah (5 goals), who pulled Iran to a 8:7 win. Iran had a lead till the middle of the third period (but the lead wasn’t bigger than one goal). Then, Puerto Rico earned its first advantage (6:5), and before the last quarter was 7:6 up. At the start of the last period, Yazdenkhah added two more goals in a span of 1:11 minutes. Both teams had their chances after that, but score 8:7 for Iran remained until the end of the game.

Group B

Croatia had to fight hard for two points in the encounter with Japan. The team for Asia led 1:0 (1st quarter), 3:2 (2nd) and 6:5 (3rd). Croatia earned the first two-goal lead in the middle of the third period (8:6), but Japan didn’t give up easily. The Croats, led by Rino Buric (5 goals), secured a victory with four goals in a row in the fourth period for a 14:8 advantage (2:37 on the clock). At the end, they recorded a 14:10 win.

Spain didn’t have any problems to beat The Netherlands (13:5) and tomorrow will play against Montenegro in a match which will decide the race for the second place in the group.

Convincing wins of Serbia and Italy

Group C

Filip Radojevic water polo Serbia

Flip Radojevic (Serbia) scored 4 goals Photo: Ivica Veselinov

As expected, Serbia beat China with ease – 26:4. Top scorer of the game was Ivan Gvozdanovic (5 goals). The Serbs had a disciplined approach to their defence, from the first till the last buzzer. The Chinese shot on the goal just 13 times, on the other side Serbia had 39 attempts.

Argentina water polo players achieved their first win in Belgrade. They defeated New Zealand 9:5. The efficiency in attacks with an extra-man was a decisive factor. Argentina scored more than a half of goals with an extra-player (6 from 12 extra-player attacks). New Zealand was far from good (1 of 10). New Zealand players their only goal with an extra-man scored at the start of the game for a 1:0 lead. But, soon after that Argentina, led by Martino Gido (4 goals), took the control.

Group D

South Africa surprised Canada in the first half of the match in Group D. The Africans led 4:2 and 5:3 in the 2nd quarter. Canada scored 3 goals in a row within less than 2 minutes for 6:5. But, South Africa managed to equalise (6:6) six seconds by the end of the 2nd period. The Canadians dominated in the second half and celebrated an 11:7 victory.

Italy recovered from the disappointing defeat against Hungary (2:7). The “Settebello” demolished Egypt today – 18:2. Thanks to a goalkeeper Hassan (11 saves) Egypt avoided a bigger defeat.

SCORES, STANDINGS, SCHEDULE

GROUP A

Greece 7:6 USA
(3:1, 1:1, 2:1, 1:3)

Greece: Troulos 3, Nikolaidis 2, Papanastosiou 1, Giannopoulos 2.
USA: Hooper 3, Woodhead 1, Jurasius 1, Daube 1

Puerto Rico 7:8 Iran
(2:2, 2:3, 3:1, 0:2)

Puerto Rico: Zayas 3, Loubriel 2, Martir 1, Andino 1.
Iran: Yazdenkhah 5, Rahbarjedi 1, Pourang 1, Ghavidelhaiajgha 1.

Standings
1. Greece 3-6
2. USA 2-2
3. Russia 2-2
4. Iran 3-2
5. Puerto Rico 2-0

GROUP B

Japan 10:14 Croatia
(2:2, 3:3, 2:4, 3:5)

Japan:Suzuki 3, Koppu 2, Date 2, Kageta 1, Maeno 1, Inaba 1.
Croatia: Buric 5, Paparic 2, Butic 2, Duzevic 1, Zovic 1, asic 1, Lazic 1, Biljaka 1.

Spain 13:5 Netherlands
(4:1, 4:1, 3:2, 2:1)

Spain: Caltrava 3, Garcia 2, Valvedere 2, P. Gomez 1, Grandos 1, Carrasco 1, Tahull 1, G. Garcia 1, De la Fuente 1.
Netherlands: Wolswinkel 2, Mama Radji 1, Hofmeijer 1.

Standings

1. Croatia 3-6
2. Spain 3-4
3. Montenegro 2-2
4. Japan 2-0
5. Netherlands 2-0

GROUP C

Serbia 27:4 China
(7:2, 6:1, 7:1, 7:0)

Serbia: Gvozdanovic 5, Toholj 4, Radojevic 4, Tankosic 3, Radonjic 3, Tomic 2, Lukic 2, Drasovic 2, Jankovic 1, Velkic 1.
China: Beiyi 2, Rongkun 1, Yingyi 1.

Argentina 9:5 New Zealand
(4:3, 2:1, 1:1, 2:0)

Argentina: M. Gido 4, Carlos 3, P. Gido 2.
New Zealand: Booker 2, Morris 2, Catlian 1.

Standings
1. Serbia 2-4
2. Australia 2-4
3. China 3-2
4. Argentina 3-2
5. New Zealand 2-0

GROUP D

Egypt 2:18 Italy
(0:5, 1:2, 0:4, 1:7)

Egypt: Nabil 1, Eliwa 1.
Italy: Campopiano 4, Cannella 3, Mezzarobba 3, Del Basso 2, Manzi 2, Novara 2, Maccioni 1, Piombo 1

Canada 15:7 South Africa
(2:1, 4:5, 5:1, 4:0)

Canada: D’Souza 3, Soleimanipak 3, Spooner 2, Gardijan 2, Reiher 2, Poliseno 1, Lemay-Lavoie 1, Djerkovic 1, Cote 1.
South Africa: Stewart 2, Rom 2, Morais 1, Van Zyl 1, Evezard 1.

Standings

1. Hungary 2-4
2. Canada 2-4
3. Italy 2-2
4. Egypt 3-2
5. South Africa 3-0

Tuesday, August 8th

9:00 Italy – Canada
10.20 Hungary – Egypt
11.40 USA – Puerto Rico
13.00 Russia – Greece
16.40 Netherlands – Japan
18.00 Serbia – New Zealand
19.20 Montenegro – Spain
20.40 Australia – Argentina

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