Men's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 5: Croatia & Serbia for the gold medal

Water Polo World Cup

On the sixth and last day Croatia and Serbia will play the final for the gold and the silver medal on the last of the 24 matches of the tournament. Both the mighty Balkan teams defeated their opponents - the Unites States and Spain, that will play one another for the bronze medal - by the margin of two goals at the end of two spectacular games.

In the first two games, Australia defeated China by a four-goal difference while Romania buries Iran under another 24 goals (against six). The winners will play for the fifth and sixth place, the losers for the 7th and 8th place.



15:30 -GAME 18/ Australia (AUS) – China (CHN): 10-6  (4-1, 2-2; 1-2, 3-1)

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

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

Referees: Michael Goldenberg (USA), Hooshang Hafezi (IRI)
FINA Delegate: G.O. Martin (HUN).

In the central periods China’s opposition to Australia was very effective and the Asians deserved tying the second quarter and winning the third one. However, the Aussies comfortably won the first and the last period and, eventually, the match.
Game scorers:
1st  Q.: 7:01 Cotterill (A); 6:34 Tan (C); 5:22 McGregor (A); 2:13 Campbell (A); 0:35 Howden (4-1).
2nd Q.: 6:44 Pan (C) on man-up; 6:15 McGregor (A) on man-up; 3:08 Miller (A); 1:32 Liang (C) (6-3).
3rd Q.: 6:03 Han (C) on man-up; 3:12 Younger (A) on man-up; 2:07 Xie (CHN) on man-up (7-5).
4th Q.: 5:48 Younger (A); 3:28 Campbell (A) on man-up; 2:40 Maitland (A); 0:20 Pan (C) (10-6).

17:00 -GAME 17/ Romania (ROU) – Iran (IRI): 24-6 (4-1, 8-3; 9-1, 3-1)


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

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

Referees: Dragan Stampalija (CRO), Mihajlo Ciric (SRB)
FINA Delegates: Mohie Wahie Farid (EGY), Boukezouha Badreddine.

The game developed in the same pattern as the previous ones played by Iran in this tournament. However the Asian team has shown some improvement as the tournament progresses and some interesting players, such as Jafary who has scored four goals so far.
Game scorers:
1st  Q.: 7:05 Diaconu; 5:45 Negrean on man-up; 4:03 Jafary (I) on man-up; 3:31 and 2:25 Chiovenau, first on man-up and then on action (4-1).
2nd Q.: 7:35 Georgescu; 6:42 Jafary, on a solitary breakaway counter-attack; 6:13 Cretu; 4:33 Diaconu; 4:02 and 3:33 Mardani  (I) scored twice, the first goal on man-up the second on action on a counter-attack; 3:13 Radu; 2:42 Diaconu; 2:06 Radu; 0:43 and 0:8 Negrean scored twice on counter-attack (12-4).
3rd Q.: 7:07 Cretu; 6:05 Negrean on man-up; 5:22 Chiovenau; 4:09 Negrean; 3:02 Iosep on man-up; 2:39 Mirmahdi (I); 2:22 Iosep on man-up; 1:37 Kadar on man-up; 1:04 Matei; 0:00 Diaconu (21-5).
4th Q.: 7:35 Goanta; 6:51 Chiovenau; 4:34 Mirmahdi (I) on man-up; 3:19 Matei (24-6).

18:30 – GAME 19 / USA – Croatia (CRO): 9-11 (1-3, 2-3; 4-2, 2-3)


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

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

Referees: Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU), Michael Hart (AUS).
FINA Delegates: Jorge Roberto Pagura (BRA), Khosrow Amini (IRI).

In the first two periods, Croatia appeared to be able to comfortably rule the game. At half time the score was 6-3 in their favour. However the United States reacted with great determination in the 3rd period, which they won 4-2, with three goals scored by the irresistible Azevedo. At the beginning of the last period, the US team was just one goal down (7-8) and the game was still open. The Americans tied with Bailey (8-8), almost three minutes inside the last period; the Croatians managed to re-catch the lead 90 seconds later with Jokovic (8-9), which the increased a couple of minutes later on a breakaway action finalised by Boskovic. Then Jokovic scored his third goal for Croatia but the last goal came from Bailey on a counter-attack, with 20 seconds to the end. The game best scorers were Boskovic for Croatia with four goals and Bailey for the United States with three goals.
Game scorers:
1st  Q.: 6:44 Boskovic (C) on man-up; 6:06 Dobud; 2:35 Barac (C); 0:56 Wright (US) (1-3).
2nd Q.: 7:07 Bailey (US); 6:19 Barac (C) on man-up; 3:33 Powers (US) on man-up; 1:54 Jokovic (C); 0:59 Boskovic (C) (3-6).
3rd Q.:  7:09 Azevedo (US) on man-up; 2:52 Boskovic (C); 2:44 Corcoran (US) on man-up; 1:57 Azevedo (US); 1:28 Buslje (C); 0:05 Azevedo (US) scored his third goal (7-8).
4th Q.: 5:15 Bailey (US) from two metres; 4:13 Jokovic (C); 2:10 Boskovic (C) on a breakaway action; 1.02 Jokovic (C) on man-up; 0:20 Bailey (US) (9-11).

20:00 - GAME 20 / Serbia (SRB) – Spain (ESP): 12-10 (4-4, 3-3; 4-3, 1-0)


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

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

Referees: Mark Koganov (AZE), Roberto Cabral (BRA).
FINA Delegates: Nicolae Firoiu (GER), Andrei Kruykov (KAZ).

Exciting match between two excellent teams, featuring different characteristics but displaying an equivalent strength, at least in the first part of the match: at half time the score was 7-7; in the third period Serbia exhibited a greater dynamism and went ahead with two early goals scored by Prlainovic. Spain answered almost every Serbian offence and at the end of the 3rd quarter they were just one goal down (the score was 11-10 for Serbia). Prlainovic top scored the game with four goals.
1st Q.: 6:56 Valles (E); 6:42 Filipovic (S); 4:38 Minguell (E) on a direct throw; 4:21 Prlainovic (S); 4:05 Espanol (E) on penalty; 2:33 Nikic (S) on man-up; 1:59 Prlainovic (S) on a counter-attack; 0:01 Javier Garcia (E) from outside (4-4).
2nd Q.: 7:15 Mitrovic (S) from outside; 5:41 Udovicic (S) on a counter-attack; 5:29 Javier Garcia (E) on penalty; 4:07 Martin ties for Spain finalising a solitary break-away action (6-6); 3:48 Serbia up again with Nikic on extra-man; 3:06 new tie for Spain with Molina, on man-up (7-7).
3rd Q.: 7:32 Prlainovic (S) scored his third goal from two metres on action; 6:50 Prlainovic followed up with an action goal, his fourth shot from the diagonal, putting Serbia 2 goals up (9-7); 4:33 Javier Garcia (E) narrowed the gap on a counter-attack; 4.04 Pijetlovic (S) reset the advantage on action; 2:16 Udovicic (S) from 2 metres, finalising a team action; 1:37 Espanol (E) on man-up; Valles 0:49 (E) from two metres, on action (11-10).
4th Q.: 3:52 Filipovic (S) scored his second, again on a direct throw: this was the only goal in this period, and the last of the game (12-10).                                

DAY 6 – FINALS

IRI-CHN (places 7/8)
ROU-AUS (places 5/6)
USA-ESP (places 3/4)
CRO-SRB (places 1/2)