World League: Hungary beats Spain in the derby

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Hungary national water polo team won a big derby against Spain – 9:8 in Hodmezovasarhely in the match of Round 3 of the World League.

Spain opened up the scoring sheet thanks to Roger Tahull, but Krisztián Manhercz soon managed to equalize on the counter-attack.

Both sides exchanged some tough blows in the final moment of the first quarter. Bela Toro gave Hungary a 2:1 lead, while Miguel del Toro leveled with 9 seconds remaining.

Marton Vamos restored Hungary’s lead early in the second quarter, but this time Spain had a quick answer with Francisco Fernandez goal just in the next offensive action. It seemed the first half would end up with a draw, but Marton Vamos didn’t think so as he gave the hosts a slender 5-4 lead.

In the second half, we saw the same type a goal for a goal game. Alberto Munarriz made it 5:5 before Gergo Zalanki almost immediately scored Hungary’s sixth goal of the game. But, then Mallarch showed some quality and scored twice to give Spain the advantage.

Luckily for Hungary, it was Zalanki’s nigh and he scored again to equalize before Bence Batori continued this roller coaster to give the home team a new lead – 8:7.

It was a score at the start of the fourth quarter. Hungarian threw a decisive punch six minutes before the end of the game when Krisztian Bedo made it 9-7. Tahull only managed to reduce the deficit to one goal, but Spain didn’t have enough strength to fight for a draw.

Montenegrin water polo players did not have any problems in the first competitive game at their swimming pool in the new year.

Vladimir Gojkovic’s team justified the role of the big favorite against Romania in Budva and easily recorded a first victory in the FINA World league this season – 13:2.

At the middle of the first quarter, Cucković opened the scoring sheet and that was all. Romanians were hardly in the position to threaten home team goalkeeper Lazovic.

By the end of the second quarter, thanks to a solid defensive performance and Ivovic’s goal Montenegrin water polo team got a 3:0 lead.

This opened the door to the convincing victory for the home team. The visiting Romanian team found the net only after 21 minutes of play at the Budva swimming pool.

This goal was scored by Giban for 6:1, but after that, the advantage of the host only grew up.

Montenegro is free in the fourth round, and the next match will be played on March 20 with Serbia at home.

Croatia water polo team defeated Germany in Krefeld with 13:4 to maintain a perfect record in Group B of the competition.

This match will be remembered by interesting fact that Germans scored the first goal just two minutes and 53 seconds before the end of the third period. It was Ferdinand Korabel who found the Croatian net.

Ivica Tucak’s team dominated in every single element of this game. Until Germans scored their first goal, Croatia had a huge 11:0 lead.
“We played another one in a series of top games. Congratulations to the guys. We should continue like this. The matches against Russia and now in Germany show that we are on the right track”, said Tucak after the game.

Javier Garcia was the best scorer in the Croatian team with three goals, while Loren Fatovic, Ivan Buljubasic, and Hrvoje Benic all scored twice.

Until the end of the qualifiers in this edition of the World League, Croatia is going to play in Russia on 13th of February and after that, they will host Germany on 10th of April.

World League, preliminaries

Round 3
Tuesday, January 16

Group A

Montenegro 13:2 Romania
(1:0, 2:0, 3:2, 7:0)

Montenegro: Vidovic 2, Draskovic 2, Misic 2, Ivovic 2, Radovic, Ukropina, Petkovic, Cuckovic, Murisic.
Romania: Giban


1. Serbia 2 games – 6pts
2. Montengro 2 – 3
3. Romania 2 – 0

Group B

Germany 4:13 Croatia
(0:6, 0:3, 2:3, 2:1)

Germany: Korbel 2, Stamm, Restovic
Croatia: Gadea 3, Vukicevic 2, Buljubasic 2, Fatovic 2, Loncar, Buha, Vrlic, Benic


1. Croatia 2 – 6
2. Russia 2 – 2
3. Germany 2 – 1

Group C

Hungary 9:8 Spain
(2:2, 3:2, 3:3, 1:1)

Hungary: Vamos 2, Zalanki 2, Manhercz 2, Bedo, Batori, Torok
Spain: Mallarch 3, Tahull 2, Munarriz, Del Toro, Fernandez


1. Hungary 2 – 6
2. Spain 2 – 3
3. Netherlands 2 – 0

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