Men's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 2: Easy win for Serbia over USA

Water Polo World Cup

Olympic bronze medallists Serbia upset the Olympic silver medallist USA at the end of a match that was supposed to provide more thrills and adrenaline. Instead the Americans could not stage a valid opposition to their mighty counterpart.  
The real highlight of the second day was therefore the match between Australia and Romania. This was a very lively, exciting and balanced game for most of its duration. The home team wanted this victory badly, and they got it. The Australians fought strenuously but could nothing against the Romanians, and fate.
Wins for Croatia over China and Spain over Iran were easily predicted. Both teams conquered their second win in this tournament and lead respectively Group B and A (Spain share the first place with Romania). The Iberians buried the Iranians under a deluge of 26 goals (just one against): by coincidence the score (1-26) was identical to that of Iran-Romania on the first day.

15:30 - GAME 5/ Croatia (CRO) - China (CHN): 14-4  (3-1, 4-1; 2-0, 5-2)

CROATIA: 1. Ivo Brzica 2. Damir Buric  3. Miho Boskovic (3) 4. Niksa Dobud (4) 5. Maro Jokovic (2) 6. Frano Karac (1) 7. Petar Muslim 8. Andro Buslje 9. Sandro Sukno (3) 10. Samir Barac 11. Igor Hinic 12. Ivan Buljubasic (1) 13. Josip Pavic. Coach: Ratko Rudic; Assistant Coaches: Ivica Tucak, Dean Kontic.

CHINA: 1. Weiqing Ge 2. Feihu Tan 3. Zhongxing Liang (3) 4. Lijun Yu  Guo 5. Junliang Guo 6. Ning Pan (1) 7. Yang Wang  8. Junmin Xie 9. Bin Li 10. Beiming Wang 11. Zhidong Han 12. Bin Jiang 13. Jilong Chen. Coach: Tianxiong Cai; Assistant Coaches: Lyngyun Mao, Jung Den.

Referees: Michael Hart (AUS), Hooshang Hafezi (IRI).
FINA Delegate: Mohie Wahie Farid (EGY), Boukezouha Badreddine (ALG).

Croatia landed a comfortable victory against a Chinese side who was combative but whose defence proved too volatile for he mighty Balkan squad. Dobud top scored the game with four goals while Boskovic, Sukno and the Chinese Liang managed a hat-trick each. Goals per quarter.
1ST  Q. The first two goals were scored by Croatia respectively at 38 seconds inside the 1st  quarter by Boskovic and Dobud, at 5:34, both on x-man. Dobud followed up with an action goal at 3:42. Half a minute later Liang scored for China, also on x-man.
2ND  Q. Sukno converted a  penalty less than a minute inside the 2nd quarter, at 7:06: actually the Croatian striker managed to convert on his second attempt,  after the Chinese goalie Ge rebounded his first throw. At 5:52 Chinese centre-forward Liang scored an action goal from two metres, his second in the game. At 2:23 Karac finalised a breakaway action and scored on lob shot. At 1:48 Sukno scored his second goal on a another counterattack. Croatia’s # 9 managed a hat trick at 35 seconds to the end of the period, once more on a counter-attack.
3RD Q. 4:07 Jokovic strikes lethally. 2:04 Boskovic converted a penalty for Croatia. At 0:58 Ge saved on a penalty shot from Muslim.
4TH Q.  7:06 Liang managed also a hat trick on a breakaway action. 5:24, Buljubasic scored on lob shot from 2 metres finalising a breakaway action. 3:55 Jokovic scores is second on action. 3:12 third triple of the game when Boskovic scored his third. Pan scored the fourth goal for China at 1:43. Dobud scores his third and fourth goals both on  backshots, respectively  at 86 and 11 seconds to the end.
Croatia’s coach Ratko Rudic told us he was very satisfied with his players: “The preparation is not yet perfect but the team is growing”.

17:00 - GAME 6/ Australia (AUS) - Romania (ROU): 9-11 (3-1, 3-4; 1-2, 2-4)

AUSTRALIA: 1. James Stanton 2. Richard Campbell (2) 3. Mitchell Baird 4. Nicholas O’Halloran 5. Robert Maitland 6. Anthony Martin (1) 7. Aaron Younger (1) 8. Sam McGregor (2)  9. Joel Swift, 10. Rhys Howden 11. John Cotterill 12. William Miller (3) 13. Joel Dennerley. Coach: John Fox; Assistant Coach: Paul Oberman.

ROMANIA: 1. Dragos Stoenescu 2. Cosmin Radu  (3) 3. Tiberiu Negrean  4. Nicolae Diaconu (1) 5. Andrei Iosep (1) 6. Andrei Busila (1) 7. Mihnea Chiovenau 8. Alexandru Matei 9. Dimitri Goanta 10. Ramiro Georgescu (2) 11. Andrei Cretu 12. Kalman Kadar (3) 13. Mihai Dragusin. Coach: Istvan Kovacs; Assistant Coach: Ladislau Balanov.

Referees: Mihajlo Ciric (SRB), Mark Koganov (AZE).  
FINA Delegates: Khosrow Amini (IRI), Andrey Kryukov (KAZ).

The Australians went out strongly from the start. At the end of the first period the score was 3-1 in their favour. Then it was a crescendo for the home team, supported by a raucous crowd. The Romanians reacted and managed to come back scoring four goals in the second period against three of the Aussies. They also won the 3rd  and the 4th quarters (2-1 and 4-2). The game was exciting, well played by both sides. Victory went to the team that wanted it most, Romania. Romania won both games while Australia suffered its second consecutive defeat. Best scorers of the game were Kadar, Radu and Miller, all capable of a hat-trick.

1st Q. 6:15 Diaconu missed a penalty (Stanton saved). 5:48 Miller (AUS) scored the first goal on action. 5:22 Romania’s centre-forward Radu equalised, also on action, from 2 metres. 4:50 Miller scored his second goal on x-man. 1:26 Younger (AUS) scored to put Australia 2 goals ahead (3-1).
2nd Q. 7:33 Kadar (ROU) reduces the gap shooting from outside. After 23 seconds Campbell restores the 2-goal gap also shooting from the distance. 6:29 Kadar scored his second again from the long distance. 5:45 Romania equalised with Diaconu who shoot a missile from about 10 metres (4-4). 4:14 Romania one goal up thanks to a penalty converted by Gerogescu (4-5). With 53 seconds to the end McGregor shoot from the distance and equalised for Australia (5-5). Then Campbell with 17 seconds missing to the end of the period scored his second goal and put his team in the lead on man up (6-5).
3rd Q. 3.27 Iosep equalised for Romania on a man-up situation (6-6) but less than a minute later, at 2:40, Miller scored his third goal, also on superiority (7-6). A new equaliser came from Georgescu with 7 seconds missing to the end of the period (7-7).
4th Q. 6:44 Radu on a solitary breakaway scored a decisive goal on a breakaway action putting Romania in the lead (7-8). One and two minutes  later two equally decisive saves from Stoenescu secured that narrow but vital lead. 4:49 Martin equalised for Australia man up but Kadar let the favourable momentum for Romania going on and scored his  third at 4:16 (8-9).
3:25  Busila put the seal on the home victory scoring on superiority and giving Romania a safe 2-goal lead for the first time in the match (8-10) sending the crowd wild.
2:23 A penalty converted by Radu threatened to give the Australian side a too severe punishment (8-11) but at 1:59 McGregor (AUS) scored his second, on extra man, to fix the final score on 9-11.

18:30 - GAME 7/ USA - Serbia (SRB): 9-17 ( 1-3, 1-3; 1-4, 6-7)

USA: 1. Merrill Moses 2. Peter Varellas (1) 3. Mike Sharf (2) 4. Jeff Powers 5. Adam Wright 6. Jeff Tyrell  (1) 7. Thomas Hopkins 8 Tony Azevedo (2) 9. Ryan Bailey (1) 10. Tim Hutten (1) 11. Jesse Smith (1) 12. Tommy Corcoran 13. Andy Stevens. Coach: Terry Schroeder; Assistant Coaches: Ryan Brown, Robert Lynn.

SERBIA: 1. Slobodan Soro 2. Marko Avramovic 3. Zivko Gocic 4. Vanja Udovicic (5) 5. Boris Vapenski (1) 6. Dusko Pijetovic (2) 7. Slobodan Nikic (4) 8. Milan Aleksic 9. Milos Milicic 10. Filip Filipovic (1) 11. Andrija Prlainovic (3) 12. Stefan Mitrovic (1) 13. Gojko Pijetlovic. Coach: Dejan Udovicic; Assistant Coaches: Vladimir Pavlovic, Dejan Stanojevic.

Referees: Jaime Moliner (ESP), Andrey Shaydakov (RUS).
FINA Delegates: Nicolae Firoiu (GER), Jorge Roberto Pagura.

Expectations were for a tight game between the Olympic silver and bronze medallists. Instead the United States seemed intimidated by the powerful Serbian side and had to learn a severe and painful lesson. In fact, after scoring the first goal of the match, they had d to bow the initiative and managed to comfortably rule the game with three goal in each of the first two periods and four in the 3rd quarter while the Americans scored only one time in each of the first three periods. Both team played the last quarter quite relaxed scoring in this period 13 goals overall: 6 for the USA, 7 for Serbia. Serbia’s captain Vanja Udovicic top scored the match with 5 goals.
1st Q. USA out on the offensive and scoring an early goal with Hutten at 7:34.  Serbia did not take much time to equalise at 7:18, with Dusko Pijetovic (1-1) and then to take the lead  (2-1) again with its number 6 at 6:22 and to increase the lead with Udovicic exactly a minute later 5:22 (1-3).
2nd Q. 6:33 Nikic (SRB) widened the gap scoring on x-man (1-4). 5:36 Bailey (USA) on man-up. (2-4). 5:09 and 0:31Nikic scored his second goal on action and his third on superiority. Score at half time 2-6.
3rd Q. 7:26 and 6:07 Vapenski and Udovicic increased the lead on a breakout goals (2-8). 4:45 Azevedo scored on action (3-8). 4:14 Nikic scored his 4th goal on man-up. Soon after Udovicic scored his third on a counterattack  (3-10).
4th Q. 7:03 Mitrovic’s goal was soon answered by Azevedo at 6:44 (4-11). 5:17 Udovicic scored his fourth goal on extra-man (4-12). 4:31 Prlainovic scored his first also on superiority (4-13). 4:11 Smith (USA) netted the ball on superiority (5-13). 3:52 Udovicic fifth goal (5-14). 3:35 Sharf (6-14). 3.11Filipovic on x-man (6-15). 2.45 Varellas (7-15). 2:05 Prlainovic on action scored his second goal. 1:20 Sharf second goal on action (8-16). 1:02 Prlainovic again for his third on penalty (8-17). The last goal of the match came from Varellas in superiority at 3 seconds from the end (9-17).

20:00 - GAME 8 / Iran (IRI) - Spain (ESP): 1-26 (0-6, 0-7; 1-5, 0-8)

IRAN: 1. Alireza Sahhidipour 2. Arsalan Mardani Chardah Cheriki 3. Seyed Mohamed Mirmahdi 4. Sasan Kouhi 5. Reza Hagh Goo 6. Mahdi  Karamizarandi 7. Ali Piroozkhah 8. Meisam Jafary 9. Mohsen Salili 10. Yashar Soltani 11. Alireza Hormouzi 12. Amir Hossein Khani Ghahjavarestani 13. Sadjad Abdihanyany. Coach: Stanislav Pivovarov; Assistant Coach: Sirous Taherian.

SPAIN: 1. Inaki Aguilar 2. Mario Garcia (2) 3. David Martin (1) 4. Balazs Sziranyi (3) 5. Guillermo Molina (3) 6. Marc Minguell (2) 7. Ivan Gallego (1) 8. Albert Espanol (4) 9. Javier Valles  (2) 10. Felipe Perrone (2) 11. Blai Mallarach (1) 12. Javier Garcia (5) 13. Daniel Lopez. Coach: Rafael Aguilar; Assistant Coaches: Antonio Aparicio; Joaquin Colet.

Referees: Roberto Cabral (BRA), Dragan Stampalija (CRO).
FINA Delegates: G.O. Martin (HUN).

Easy stroll for the Spaniards with eleven players scoring at least one goal. Javier Garcia top scored the match with five goals. Goals’ chronicle:
1st Q. 7:10 Javier Garcia on x-man. 5:40 Sziranyi on action. 4:23 Molina on penalty. 2:53 Mallarach on action. 1:31 Mario Garcia on action. 0:33 Valles on action (0-6).
2nd Q. 4:13 Molina on x-man.  3:28 Javier Garcia on action. 2:44 Sziranyi scored his second on action. 1:59 Molina on action. 1:29 Mario Garcia on action. 0:35 Espanol on x-man. On expiration Szirany, on action (0-7).
3rd Q. 5:35 Jafari scored the only goal for Iran on a solitary breakaway attack. 4:12 Espanol on action. 3:24 Javier Garcia on action. 2:56 Minguell action goal. 2:11 Espanol on penalty and, on 1:26, again on action (1-5).
4th Q. 7:38 Valles on action. 5:49 Gallego on action. 4:28 and 3:45 Felipe Perrone scored twice, first  on a breakaway action and then on a team action. 2:45 and 2:22 Javier Garcia on action. 1:07 Martin on action. 0:21 Minguell on action.

Georgescu Ramiro (ROU) 7
Sukno Sandro (CRO) 7
Udovicic Vanja (SRB) 7
Radu Cosmin (ROU) 6
Garcia Javier (ESP) 6
McGregor Sam (AUS) 5
Nikic Slobodan (SRB) 5
Molina Guillermo (ESP) 5
Perrone Felipe (ESP) 5
Espanōl Albert (ESP) 5
Dobud Niksa (CRO) 5
Boskovic Miho (CRO) 5
Goanta Dimitri (ROU) 4
Matei Alexandru (ROU) 4
Diaconu Nicolae (ROU) 4
Miller William (AUS) 4
Prlainovic Andrija (SRB) 4
Sharf Mike (USA) 4
Negrean Tiberiu (ROU) 4
Sziranyi Balazs (ESP) 4
Hutten Tim (USA) 3
Filipovic Filip (SRB) 3
Azevedo Tony (USA) 3
Campbell Richard (AUS) 3
Valles Javier (ESP) 3
Jokovic Maro (CRO) 3
Kadar Kalman (ROU) 3
Liang Zhongxing (CHN) 3
Cretu Andrei (ROU) 2
Tan Feihu (CHN) 2
Pijetlovic Dusko (SRB) 2
Hopkins Thomas (USA) 2
Garcia Mario (ESP) 2
Iosep Andrei (ROU) 2
Pan Ning (CHN) 2
Jafary Meisam (IRI) 2
Bailey Ryan (USA) 2
Martin Anthony (AUS) 2
Younger Aaron (AUS) 2
Mitrovic Stefan (SRB) 2
Minguell Marc (ESP) 2
Wang Yang (CHN) 1
Tyrell Jeff (USA) 1
Smith Jesse (USA) 1
Yu Lijun (CHN) 1
Vapenski Boris (SRB) 1
Buric Damir (CRO) 1
Martin David (ESP) 1
Gocic Zivko (SRB) 1
Mallarach Blai (ESP) 1
Hinic Igor (CRO) 1
Gallego Ivan (ESP) 1
Busila Andrei (ROU) 1
Varellas Peter (USA) 1
Karac Frano (CRO) 1
Buljubasic Ivan (CRO) 1
Powers Jeff (USA) 1
Li Bin (CHN) 1
Corcoran Tommy (USA) 1