Men's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 3: Unbeaten Spain and Croatia top respective group

Water Polo World Cup

The end of today’s last game – the 12th – marked the conclusion of the preliminary round. From the 4th day all games – quarterfinals on Friday, semi-finals on Saturday and finals on Sunday - will end with a winner and a loser. Spain and Croatia topped Group A and B respectively; Romania and Serbia were second; Australia and USA third; Iran and China fourth, with zero points.
Today the first two games ended in an almost identical score: 8-15 China-Serbia, 8-14 Romania-Spain. Croatia’s victory over the United States was clear cut and never in doubt in spite of a narrow final 2-goal gap. Much predictable the outcome of Australia-Iran, which the Aussies won 26-4.


15:30 -GAME 9 / China (CHN) - Serbia (SRB): 8-15 (2-1, 0-4; 2-6, 4-4)


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

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

Referees: Jaime Moliner (ESP), Michael Hart (AUS).  
FINA Delegates: Khosrow Amini (IRI), Boukezouha Badreddine (ALG).

China played bravely against the high ranked Serbian team and surprisingly managed to win the first period (2-1). However in the second quarter the Serbians decided to take command of the operations and scored four times. In the third period too the gap was of four goals in favour of the Serbians: they scored six goals and received two. In the last period the well balanced Chinese side answered all Serbian goals and managed to tie this fraction (4-4).
Game scorers:
1st Q. 5:03 Filipovic on action, with a lob shot; 4:29 Tan was the first scorer, on action; 1:28 China gained an unprecedented lead over Serbia:  Xie striked from outsides and beat Serbia’s second goalie Gojiko Pijetlovic (2-1).
2nd Q. 6:56 Mitrovic on action; 3:37 Vapenski on action; 2:40 and 1:50 Aleksic twice on action (2-5).
3rd Q.  7:10 action goal by Guo from two metres; 5:59 Udovicic on action; 5:18 Prlainovic on action; 4:44 Wang on man-up; 4:35 Filipovic scored his second goal from the distance; 3:37 Gocic on action; 2:15 and 1:51 Nikic scored twice, the first time on x-man, the second finalising a breakaway action (4-11).
4th Q. 6:34 Udovicic scored his second goal on action; the Chinese scored two consecutive goals, both on action: at 5:07 Liang, at 4:21 Wang; 3:19 Milicic on a breakaway action; 2:13 Liang scored his second on extra man; 1:58 Mitrovic on action. 0:27 Pijetlovic on action. 0:02 Li on action.
Other remarks.  In the first half of the game Serbia’s coach Dejan Udovicic had left most of his best players sitting on the bench. All Serbian players - except for the goalie Pijetlovic (who has substituted Soro in this game), and for Avramovic - scored at least one goal.
China’s goalie Ge made some notable saves throughout the game.

17:00 -GAME 10 / Romania (ROU) - Spain (ESP): 8-14  (1-1, 2-4; 3-6, 2-3)

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

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

Referees: Mihajlo Ciric (SRB), Mark Koganov (AZE).
FINA Delegates: Andrey Kryukov (KAZ), Nicolae Firoiu (GER).

The hopes of the Romanian players and fans – it was full house at the Oradea Olympic Pool for this match - started to fade away at half of the second period when the more agile Spanish squad started to take control. The low score (1-1) in the first period was the result of strong defences and some missed opportunities from both sides
Spain’s Minguell  and Javier Garcia top scored the game with three goals each.
Game scorers:
1st  Q.: 7:04 Minguell (E) on action from outside; 6:19 Busila (R)  from 2 metres on x-man (1-1).
2nd Q.:5:50 Georgescu (R ) from outside on man-up put Romania one goal up; 3:39 Sziranyi (E) on action; 2:12 Valles (E) on man-up; 1:51 Negrean answers for Romania shooting in to the net from outside; 1:28 Minguell put Spain one goal up scoring his second goal from outside; 0:11 Felipe Perrone (E) scored his first on action (3-5).
3rd  Q.: 7:15 Iosep (R ) converted a penalty; 6:13 Javier Garcia (E) scored on man-up; 5.35 Matei (R ), also on man-up; 4:51 Martin (E) on extra man; 4:12 Minguell (E) scored his third an action goal giving Spain a 3-goal lead; 3.01 Georgescu (R ) answered Spain’s last goal scoring on a counterattack, on superiority; 2:41 Javier Garcia scored his second goal on penalty then Negrean (R ) hit the post from one metre; 1:57 left handed Mallarach (E) from outside; 0:27 Molina (E) scored on action with a lob shot (6-11).
4th Q.: 6:44 Sziranyi (E) scored his second goal from outside; so did both Iosep (R ) 24 seconds later, and Valles (E) about a minute later, on extra man; 4:22 Javier Garcia (E) netted his third, also in superiority; 1:13 Diaconu (R ) on action (8-14). 

18:30 – GAME 11 / USA - Croatia (CRO): 7-9 (1-2, 1-2; 1-3, 4-2)

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

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

Referees: Andrey Shaydakov (RUS), Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU).
FINA Delegates: Jorge Roberto Pagura (BRA), G.O. Martin (HUN).

Croatia played this game with the second goalkeeper Pavic between the posts. Rudic’s team won the first two quarters with the identical score of 2-1 and the third 3-1. In the last quarter the Americans were more incisive and capable of an efficacious but belated reaction which only allowed them to win the period 4-2.
1st Q.:  5:39 Hutten (US) from outside. 4:56 Buric (C ) also from outside. 0:39 Sukno (C) from two metres on action (1-2).
2nd Q.: 5:28 Wright (US) missed an opportunity on penalty, his shot hit the bar; the same did Buslje (CRO) less than a minute later;: at 3:50 Jokovic for Croatia, at 3:24 both teams scored one goal in superiority Bailey for the USA. 0:42 second goal for Sukno in the last minute of the period (as in the first period), again on x-man (2-4).
3rd Q.: 7:04: Sukno (C ) scores his third goal in superiority. 3:40 Azevedo (US) converted a penalty. 1:21 Hinic (C ) from two metres on action. With less than second missing to the expiration of the period Jokovic (C ) scored his second goal (3-7).
4th  Q: 6:34 and 5:40: Hopkins (US) scored twice, the first time on penalty, the second on man-up, narrowing the gap to two goals; 3:24 Bailey (US) scored his second on extra-man; 2:58 Karac (C ) from outside; 2:25 Varellas (US) on action, USA just one goal down; 1:06 Jokovic (C ) scored his third goal, on two-men up, and reset the two-goal gap (7-9).

20:00 - GAME 12 / Iran (IRI) - Australia (AUS): 4-26 (0-6, 1-3; 3-8, 0-9)

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

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

Referees: Jianguo He (CHN), Michael Goldenberg (USA).
FINA Delegate: Mohie Wahie Farid (EGY).

The Iranians had to pay to the Australians the same fare of 26 goals they had paid in the previous two days to Romania and Spain. However this time they had the satisfaction of scoring on their turn 4 goals, not just one. Miller and Younger were the top scorers, with four goals each.
Game scorers:
1st Q.: 7:31 Younger; 6:31 Swift; 5:27 McGregor; …. ; 1:48 Swift; 0:43 Howden (0-6).
2nd Q: 7:12 Miller; 5:31 Miller on x-man; 0:51 Martin; 0:16 Kouhi (I) on extra man (1-9)
3rd Q: 7:18 McGregor; 6:34 Martin; 6:13 Soltani (I) on penalty; 5:11 Martin; 4:34 Younger; 3:49 Cotterill; 3:15 O’Halloran; 2:38 Miller; 2:08 Kouhi (I); 1:42 Campbell on extra-man; 0:07 Mardani (I) (4-17)
4th Q.: 7:13 and 6:22 Younger twice, first on action, then on man-up; 5:25 Maitland; 4.16 Cotterill on man-up; 3:45 Howden; 2:55 Campbell; 2:12 Baird; 1:26 Miller; 0:42 O’Halloran on man-up (4-26).

DAY 4 – QUARTER-FINALS

AUS-SRB
ROU-USA
ESP-CHN
IRI-CRO

TOURNAMENT SCORERS

1.    Sukno Sandro (CRO) 10
2.    Georgescu Ramiro (ROU) 9
3.    Garcia Javier (ESP) 9
4.    Udovicic Vanja (SRB) 9
5.    Nikic Slobodan (SRB) 7
6.    Perrone Felipe (ESP) 6
7.    Molina Guillermo (ESP) 6
8.    Jokovic Maro (CRO) 6
9.    Radu Cosmin (ROU) 6
10.    Sziranyi Balazs (ESP) 6
11.    Negrean Tiberiu (ROU) 5
12.    Prlainovic Andrija (SRB) 5
13.    Filipovic Filip (SRB) 5
14.    Espanōl Albert (ESP) 5
15.    Boskovic Miho (CRO) 5
16.    Diaconu Nicolae (ROU) 5
17.    Dobud Niksa (CRO) 5
18.    Valles Javier (ESP) 5
19.    Minguell Marc (ESP) 5
20.    Matei Alexandru (ROU) 5
21.    McGregor Sam (AUS) 5
22.    Liang Zhongxing (CHN) 5
23.    Miller William (AUS) 4
24.    Hutten Tim (USA) 4
25.    Hopkins Thomas (USA) 4
26.    Azevedo Tony (USA) 4
27.    Sharf Mike (USA) 4
28.    Bailey Ryan (USA) 4
29.    Mitrovic Stefan (SRB) 4
30.    Goanta Dimitri (ROU) 4
31.    Iosep Andrei (ROU) 4
32.    Pijetlovic Dusko (SRB) 3
33.    Campbell Richard (AUS) 3
34.    Tan Feihu (CHN) 3
35.    Vapenski Boris (SRB) 3
36.    Kadar Kalman (ROU) 3
37.    Pan Ning (CHN) 2
38.    Busila Andrei (ROU) 2
39.    Gocic Zivko (SRB) 2
40.    Martin Anthony (AUS) 2
41.    Cretu Andrei (ROU) 2
42.    Martin David (ESP) 2
43.    Garcia Mario (ESP) 2
44.    Hinic Igor (CRO) 2
45.    Wang Yang (CHN) 2
46.    Jafary Meisam (IRI) 2
47.    Aleksic Milan (SRB) 2
48.    Karac Frano (CRO) 2
49.    Varellas Peter (USA) 2
50.    Li Bin (CHN) 2
51.    Younger Aaron (AUS) 2
52.    Mallarach Blai (ESP) 2
53.    Buric Damir (CRO) 2
54.    Wang Beiming (CHN) 1
55.    Guo Junliang (CHN) 1
56.    Yu Lijun (CHN) 1
57.    Buljubasic Ivan (CRO) 1
58.    Tyrell Jeff (USA) 1
59.    Gallego Ivan (ESP) 1
60.    Xie Junmin (CHN) 1
61.    Corcoran Tommy (USA) 1
62.    Smith Jesse (USA) 1
63.    Powers Jeff (USA) 1