Group phase of men's water polo tournament finished on Friday.
M17 Group C
Spain - South Africa 16-4 (3-2, 1-0, 6-1, 6-1)
Hajós Alfréd Complex, referees: Shiwei Ni (CHN), Michael Brooks (NZL)
Spain: Motos Martin – Munarriz Egana 2, Minguell Alferez, Espanol Lifante 3, Tahull Compte 2, Fernandez Miranda 1, Mallarch Guell 3. Subs: Lopez Pinedo, Granados Ortega 1, del Toro 1, Bustos Sanchez, Barroso Macarro, Gutierrez Santiago 3. Head coach: David Martin
South Africa: Lewis – le Roux E., Card 1, Brown 1, Rodda 1, le Roux P., Molyneux. Subs: Badenhorst, de Carvalho, Rabie, Whyte, Olver, Mthembu. Head coach: Paul Martin
As a mild surprise, South Africa was able to keep up the pace againts the favourite Spain, thanks to 8 saves by Lewis in the first half. Spain took control of the game in the third quarter after all and won the game, which means they finished third in the group.
1. Serbia 6
2. Greece 4
3. Spain 2
4. South Africa 0
M18 Group C
Serbia-Greece 11-6 (2-1, 4-3, 3-0, 2-2)
Hajós Alfréd Complex, referees: Molnár Péter (HUN), Frank Ohme (GRE)
Serbia: Mitrovic B. – Mandic 2, Randelovic 1, Pijetlovic D. 1, Filipovic 3, Prlainovic 1, Mitrovic S 1. Subs: Pijetlovic G., Rasovic, Cuk, Ubovic, Aleksic 1, Jaksic 1. Head coach: Dejan Savic
Greece: Flegkas – Genidouinas 1, Delakas 2, Fountoulis 2, Mourikis 1, Gounas, Vlachopoulos. Subs: Dervisis, Kapotsis, Potikeas, Argyropoulos Kanakakis, Kolomvos, Zerdevas. Head coach: Theodorus Vlachos.
First place and therefore the automatic quarterfinals and a rest day was on the table when the European-, world- and Olympic champion Serbia and the World Championship bronze medalist Greece jumped into the pool in the morning program. The teams went neck-to-neck in the first half, but Serbia was able to take off in the third quarter with a great defensive performance, winning the third period 3-0. The gold medal favourites took care of the win after all and they can wait for their opponent in the quarterfinals.
M19 Group D
USA-Russia 14-11 (6-1, 3-5, 3-1, 2-4)
Hajós Alfréd Complex, referees: Alessandro Severo (ITA), Matan Schwartz (ISR)
USA: Baron – Hooper 2, Obert, Cupido 4, Dunstan 2, Bowen 4, Roelse 1. Subs: Vavic, Hallock, Carniglia, Ramirez, Irving 1, Holland. Head coach: Dejan Udovicic
Russia: Statsenko – Lazarev, Vasilyev, Merkulov 2, Nagaev 2, Kholod 1, Lisunov 1. Subs: Korneev, Dereviankin 1, Bugaychuk 2, Ashaev, Suchkov, Shepelev 2. Head coach: Sergey Evstigneev
Contrary to expectations, USA started the game really strong and won the first period 6-1. At this time, they could have started thinking about the playoffs, beacuse they needed at least a 7 goal win. After Alexander Bowen scored his fourth goal, there was 8-1 on the scoreboard which would have meant that Russia would not advance to the playoffs. Because of this, Russia woke up and scored some goals, decreasing their deficit.
It was up in the air until the middle of the fourth quarter who will advance to the playoffs, because USA lead by five at that time, but after all they only won by three, which means that Russia advances in second place. Unless Japan beats Croatia against all odds. At the end of the game, the audience could witness a really strange situation. USA’s keeper was excluded before a penalty shot by Russia, so Johnathan Hooper, a field player had to try to save the penatly. And he did!
M20 Group D
Japan-Croatia 6-16 (1-5, 3-5, 1-3, 1-2)
Hajós Alfréd Complex, referees: Daniel Flahiva (AUS), Benjamin Mercier (FRA)
Japan: Tanamura – Adachi, Shiga, Iida 1, Shimizu, Arai 2, Okawa 1. Subs: Kawamoto, Yoshida 1, Takata, Inaba 1, Araki, Fukushima. Head coach: Yoji Omoto
Croatia: Bijac – Loncar 3, Jokovic 3, Buslje 1, Sukno 3, Setka, Garcia 1. Subs: Macan, Fatovic 3, Buljubasic 1, Vukicevic 1, Krapic, Marcelic. Head coach: Mile Smodlaka
As expected, Croatia took control of the game quickly and scored 10 goals in the first half, but Japan did some nice things as well. The Croatian players spreaded out the goals between each other, 8 of them scored at least once and four players scored three times. With this, Croatia advances directly to the quarterfinals, while Japan finished third in the group.
1. Croatia 6
2. Russia 2
3. Japan 2
4. United States 2
M21 Group A
Brazil-Canada 6-6 (1-2, 3-1, 2-3, 1-0)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Andrej Franulovic (CRO), Dion Willis (RSA)
Brazil: Soro – Stellet Pedro 1, Coutinho 2, Guimaraes Ricardo 1, Rocha, Guimaraes Gustavo 1, Cruz 1; Subs: Silva Luis, Freitas, Almeida, Stellet Mateus, Carrulo, Silva Leonardo; Head Coach: Angelo Coelho
Canada: Radenovic – Constantin-Bicari 1, Halajian 1, Robinson, D’Souza 1, Torakis 1, Thomwood 1; Subs: Patterson, Blanchard, Lappins, Radojcic, Soleimanipak 1, Rondall; Head Coach: Giuseppe Porzio
The two teams played quite a balanced match up until the end. Tight scores accompanied us throughout the match as neither team dared to launch massive attacks that could have risked getting goals that could easily send the losing team home. The game was closed by a missed Canadian shot and the final score of 6-6 that meant the “end” (13th-16th placed games) for the North American team’s World Championships. Big surprise!
M21 Group A
Montenegro-Kazakhstan 13-5 (2-0, 4-0, 3-2, 4-3)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Georgios Stavridis (GRE), Steven Rotsart (USA)
Montenegro: : Lazovic – Brguljan Drasko 1, Petkovic 1, Draskovic , Radovic Duro 1, Cuckovic 4, Murisic 1; Subs: Banicevic, Brguljan Darko 1, Radovic Aleksandar 2, Ukropina 1, Misic 1, Scepanovic; Head Coach: Vladimir Gojkovic
Kazakhstan: Shlemov – Medvedev, Pilipenko, Shmider 1, Shakenov, Ukumanov 2, Manafov; Subs: Makhmetov, Shvedov, Altayer, Verdesh 1, Ruday 1, Turlykhanov; Head Coach: Nemanja Knezevie
The national team of Montenegro played with determination and strength, something that has brought a six point lead for the team by the end of the second quarter of the match. Although the Asian team managed to show itself for a few moments in the third part, they couldn’t deal with the steadily growing advance of the national team of Montenegro. The country came out as the winner of the match, just as in the first place of Group A.
1. Montenegro 5
2. Brazil 3
3. Kazakhstan 2
4. Canada 2
M23 Group B
France–Hungary 7–13 (1–6, 3–2, 1–3, 2–2)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Koryzna (POL), Naumov (RUS)
France: Fontani - Saudedier, Kovacevic, Piot, Simon, Crousillat, Marzouki 4. Subs.: Izdinsky1, Laversanne, Peisson, Guillaume, Camarasa 2, Garsau. Head coach: Hrestak Hrvoje
Hungary: Nagy V. – Török, Varga 3, Mezei, Erdélyi 1, Vámos 4, Hosnyánszky 1. Subs.: Decker Á., Gór-Nagy 1, Manhercz 1, Zalánki 2, Hárai , Decker A. Head coach: Märcz Tamás
The Hungarian national team would like to win the group, so the team had a huge amount of power in the match and won 6-1 in the first quarter. However, the second half was not so good, the French beat Viktor Nagy three times, while Hungary scored just two.
In the countinuation Tamás Märcz’s side did not allow a quarter of his opponents to defeat France 13-7 after a 3-1 and 2-2 acts.
Who is on top of the Quartet depends largely on the final match of the evening, the result of the Australian-Italian meeting, because if Italy beats "kangaroos" with 11 or more goals, then Campagna’s team will automatically be in the quarterfinals.
M24 Group B
Australia-Italy 5-13 (2-5, 0-3, 2-2, 1-3)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Buch (ESP), Ivanosvski (MNE)
Australia: Slade – Ford, Kayes, Gilchrist, Younger 1, Ford 1, Hollis. Subs.: Putt, Power, Edwards 1, Fannon 1, Brooks, Hrysanthos. Head coach: Elvis Fatovic
Italy: Volarevic – di Fulvio 2, Gitto, Figlioli 3, Nora, Renzuto Iodice 1, Bodegas 3, Subs.: Presciutti 1, Mirarchi, Fondelli 1, Aicardi 2, Bertoli, Tempesti (gk). Head coach: Alessandro Campagna
The Olympic bronze medalist Italy knew exactly that he had only a chance to win the group, if he beat the Australians with more than 10 goals. So they started the match in this spirit, the first half of which was 8-3, and the Hungarian national team could be excited. Australia could feel himself in a “domestic pool” throughout the game, because Hungarian fans celebrated all their hits with loud ovation.
The prompting made the result, the third quarter was won by 3-2 by the Aussies, so the teams turned in the last game 10-5 Italian lead. The final quarter was finally won by Italy by 3-0, which means Campagna's team won the match 13-5, so Hungary finished in the first place in the group.
Standings - Group B
1. Hungary 5
2. Italy 5
3. Australia 2
23 July, Sunday
13th-16th place games:
10:30: Canada-France (A4-B4)
12:00: South Africa-United States (C4-D4)
For the quarterfinals:
13:30: Brazil-Australia (A2-B3)
15:00: Kazakhstan-Italy (A3-B2)
20:30: Greece-Japan (C2-D3)
22:00: Spain-Russia (C3-D2)