Serbia-Italy gold-medal final at FINA Junior Men’s World Championships
Almaty, September 11.— Serbia will play Italy for the gold medal on the ninth day of the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championships.
Serbia pounced on Greece for a 16-8 victory and Italy held out Hungary 12-10 to set up the enticing finale.
In the round 5-8 semifinals, Spain defeated Croatia 12-7 and Montenegro came from an early deficit to beat Australia 15-9.
In the classification matches where teams gained their final positions and depart the tournament, Iran beat South Africa 15-11 for 17th; China beat Uzbekistan 23-22 for 15th in a penalty shootout after the match was tied at 19-19; Japan downed Canada 27-12 for 13th; Netherlands headed off Mexico 19-9 for 11th and Kazakhstan struck out Egypt 18-10 for ninth.
Greece-Serbia and Hungary-Italy semifinals at FINA Junior Men’s World Championship
Almaty, September 10.— Greece will play Serbia and Hungary will face Italy in Friday’s competition following day-seven action of the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championships.
Greece won a spiteful and controversy-ridden quarterfinal clash with Croatia in which the red card was more dominant than anything else. Croatia scuttled its chances by having three leading players and the coach sidelined early on and more mayhem prevailed in the final quarter as the match descended into a farce.
Greece won the match 13-12, but the result was not declared until an hour later. See full report for details.
Hungary beat Montenegro 15-12 in the second quarterfinal and Serbia downed Spain 15-11. In the final match of the evening on a long day of action and controversy, Italy defeated Australia 20-9.
In the round of 9-12 semifinals, Kazakhstan beat Mexico 18-11 and Egypt toppled Netherlands in another controversy-filled encounter (See match details for full report).
The first two matches of the day were for the round of 13-18 semifinals in which Japan smashed Uzbekistan 20-6 and Canada tipped out China 14-13.