Men's Water Polo World Cup 2010, Day 6: Serbia add World Cup title to World League gold

Water Polo World Cup

Inspired by his captain Vanja Udovicic and well shaped by coach Dejan Udovicic, Serbia reaffirmed their status as the current world strongest team by winning the World Cup, just two weeks after conquering the gold medal in the World League. In spite of having lost the first match to Croatia, today Serbia crushed their neighbours and traditional rivals thanks to swift start and four goals in the first period (to none). Croatia won the second period but eventually the goal gap at the end was of six. Spain conquered the bronze medal clearly defeating the United States. In other matches Romania beat Australia and conquered the fifth place and the qualification for the next World Championships; for the 7th place China crushed Iran.


Croatia’s Sandro Sukno was the top scorer with 17 goals.

From this six-day FINA World Cup tournament, four teams qualified for next year’s FINA World Championships in Shanghai: Croatia, Spain, the United States and Romania. Serbia had already qualified by winning the FINA World League earlier in July. So did Montenegro, the World League silver medallist. With China, automatically qualified as the Championships host, already seven team are now qualified. The remaining nine teams will qualify through the continental championships: 3 from Europe, 2 from the Americas, 2 from Asia and one each from Oceania and Africa. Participating teams qualified for the World Cup as follows: the first three from the last World Championships, then each per continent (with host country Romania representing Europe).

FINA President Dr. Julio Maglione, Bureau member and TWPC Liaison Dimitris Diathesopoulos, Executive Director Cornel Marculescu and Gianni Lonzi, chairman of the Water Polo Technical Committee, praised all participants teams for their efforts in the pool, as well as the Romanian Federation, represented by president Anatoli Grintescu and by Mr. Radu Diaconescu, for their excellent organisation. The City of Oradea was also thanked.


DAY 6
15:30 -GAME 21/ Iran (IRI) – China (CHN): 5-20 (0-5, 2-6; 1-4, 2-5)

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 (2) 8. Meisam Jafary () 9. Mohsen Salili 10. Yashar Soltani 11. Alireza Hormouzi 12. Amir Hossein Khani Ghahjavarestani (1) 13. Sadjad Abdihanyany. Coach: Stanislav Pivovarov; Assistant Coach: Sirous Taherian.

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

Referees: Roberto Cabral (BRA), Mihajlo Ciric (SRB).
FINA Delegate: Mohie Wahie Farid (EGY).

With 20 goals to Iran the Chinese have confirmed they are much above the level of the weakest teams on the planet and not much below the level of the good teams around. This bode well for them in view of next year World Championships China will stage in Shanghai. Swift actions, great swimming ability and a praiseworthy individual and team technique were the keys to today’s China success. Junliang Guo game was the top scorer, with 4 goals.
Game scorers:
1st Q.: 7:13 Liang; 4:24 Han; 3:54 Lijun Yu Guo; 1:53 Junliang Guo on man-up; 0:27 Yang Wang on man-up (0-5).
2nd Q.: 6:49 Chen; 5:42 Junliang Guo; 5:12 Jang; 3:49 Junliang Guo; 3:16 Piroozkhah (I); 2:53 Pan (LH) on man-up; 0:13 Chen on man-up (2-11).
3rd Q.: 6:04 Li; 3:45 Karamizarandi (I) on man-up; 1:23 Junliang Guo on man-up; 0:39 Yang Wang; 0:01 Li (3-15).
4th Q.: 7:24 Xie on man-up; 6:50 and 5:58 Jiang scored twice on action; 3:46 Khani (I); 2:50 Beiming Wang; 2:06 Yang Wang; 0:34 Piroozkhah (I) (5-20).

11:30 -GAME 22/ Romania (ROU) – Australia (AUS): 9-5 (1-1, 3-1; 2-2, 3-1)

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

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

Referees: Jaime Moliner (ESP), Dragan Stampalija (CRO).
FINA Delegates: G.O. Martin (HUN), Andrei Kryukov (KAZ).

Romania won this important match and, thanks to the 5th place they conquered over Australia, they qualified to the FINA World Championships 2011. The “Aussies” tried their best, managing to tie both the 1st and the 3rd periods but the locals prevailed 3-1 in both the 2nd and the 4th period, putting between them and their opponents a considerable 4-goals gap.
Game scorers:
1st Q.: 6:53 McGregor (A); 6:02 Negrean (R) on penalty (1-1).
2nd Q.: 7:18 Campbell (A) on man-up; 6:35 Iosep (R) on penalty; 4:01 Goanta (R) on action; 2:50 Diaconu (R) on action (4-2).
3rd Q.: 7:01 McGregor (A) 5:16 Iosep (R) on penalty; 1:54 Martin (A); 0:17 Goanta (R) on man-up (6-4).
4th Q.: 6:07 left handed Iosep (R) scored his third goal on man-up, giving Romania a 3-goal lead: enough to secure a favourable outcome of the match; 3:51 Busila (R) increased the lead, finalising a team action through an outside throw (8-4); 1:14 Georgescu (R) from two metres on a breakaway action; 0:59 McGregor (A) converted a non influential penalty (9-5).
At the end, the Romanians celebrated their qualification partying in the water, while on the tribunes the crowd cheered and chanted.

16:00 – GAME 23 / USA – Spain (ESP): 8-12 (1-3, 3-3; 1-2, 3-4)

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

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

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

Spain took an early two-goal lead in the first period. Then both teams traded goals until half time, when the score was 6-4 for the Iberians. Spain increased their lead by one goal in the 3rd quarter, which they won 2-1, going into the last quarter with a 3-goal lead. In the last quarter Spain increased their lead by one more goal and won the bronze medal.
Game scorers:
1st Q.: Two goals from outside – at 6:36 with Minguell (E) and at 4:51 with Martin (E) gave Spain a comfortable lead; at 2:26 Javier Garcia (E), on a counter-attack, scored the third for Spain (3-0). After missing some extra-man opportunities – much to the solid Spanish defence, the Unites States scored their first goal with Corcoran , from outside, just a moment before the expiration of the first period, at 0:01 (1-3). Left handed Javier Garcia was the game top scorer with 4 goals.
2nd Q.: 6:24 Espanol (E) on man-up; 5:40 Hutten (US) from outside; 5:00 Powers (US), centrally, from 10 metres; 3:47 Javier Garcia (E) on man-up; 3:13 Smith (US) on e-man; 2:43 Valles (E) on man-up (4-6).
3rd Q.: 3:51 Powers (US) scored his second goal on man-up; 3:24 Espanol (E) also scored his second, on action; 2:18 Javier Garcia (E) on action (5-8). 
4th Q. :6:58 Hopkins (US) on man-up; 6:36 Szirany (E) action goal from two metres; 5:18 Espanol (E) scored his third rebounding the ball into goal from two metres, on man-up ; 4:08 and 3:32 Bailey (US) scored two consecutive goals, the first on x-man, the second on action; 1:19 Javier Garcia (E) on extra-man; 0:38 Felipe Perrone (E) picked up a rebound from the American goalie Moses and scored the last goal (8-12).

17:30 - GAME 24 / Croatia (CRO) - Serbia (SRB): 7-13 (0-4, 3-2; 3-5, 1-2)

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

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

Referees: Michael Goldenberg (USA), Mark Koganov (AZE).
FINA Delegates: Nicolae Firoiu (GER), Boukezouha Badreddine (ALG).

In the first quarter Serbia took an unexpected 4-goal wide lead, thanks to two man-up goals from Gocic and two action goals from Udovicic. In addition Serbia’s goalie Soro contributed with a pair of great saves. Croatia reduced the gap to 3 goal by winning the 2nd quarter 3-2. However, in the 3rd period Serbia took over again, scoring five times against three of the Croatians. The 5-goal gap at the beginning of the last fraction appeared unbridgeable, and so it was. Actually, the final goal gap increased to 6 goals. Throughout this game the Croatians have shown lack of concentration, perhaps satisfied with their silver medal and their qualification to the next World Championships.
Game scorers:
1st Q.:7:04 Gocic (S) on man-up; 5:02 Udovicic (S) centrally on action from outside; 3:54 Gocic scored his second goal also on man-up; 1:24 Udovicic (S) on action, again from outside (0-4).
2nd Q.: 5:00 Karac (C) on action; 4:39 Mitrovic (S) on action; 4:19 Sukno (C) on penalty; 3:50 Filipovic (S); 0:04 Buslje (C) from two metres on man-up (3-6).
3rd Q.: 7:03 Dusko Pijetlovic (S) on extra-man; 6:22 Barac (C) on action; 5:43 Filipovic (S) scored his second on extra-man; 4:23 Mitrovic (S) on man-up; 2:30 Udovicic (S) scored his third, again from outside; at 1:56 and 1:09 Croatia scored twice on man-up, first with Sukno then with Buslje (both scored their second goal).; 0:26 Gocic (S) scored hid third goal (6-11).
4th Q.: 7:40 Udovicic (S) on action scored his fourth goal; then both Sukno (C) at 6:03 and Filipovic (S) at 5:35 scored their third goal (7-13).

FINAL STANDINGS

1. SERBIA
2. CROATIA
3. SPAIN
4. UNITED STATES
5. ROMANIA
6. AUSTRALIA
7. CHINA
8. IRAN

TOURNAMENT SCORERS (First 20)

1. Sukno Sandro (CRO) 17
2. Udovicic Vanja (SRB) 16
3. Negrean Tiberiu (ROU) 16
4. Garcia Javier (ESP) 16
5. McGregor Sam (AUS) 13
6. Iosep Andrei (ROU) 13
7. Boskovic Miho (CRO) 13
8. Bailey Ryan (USA) 12
9. Georgescu Ramiro (ROU) 12
10. Filipovic Filip (SRB) 12
11. Espanōl Albert (ESP) 12
12. Prlainovic Andrija (SRB) 11
13. Azevedo Tony (USA) 11
14. Campbell Richard (AUS) 11
15. Younger Aaron (AUS) 10
16. Valles Javier (ESP) 10
17. Nikic Slobodan (SRB) 10
18. Miller William (AUS) 10
19. Jokovic Maro (CRO) 10
20. Diaconu Nicolae (ROU) 10