WPWL 2011 (Men): Spain and Russia lose first games at home
The defeats of Spain and Russia, at home, were the two surprising notes of the first round of matches between the European teams of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League 2011, played on November 16. In Barcelona, the Iberians finished the regular time at 9-9 with Germany, but were then less lucky in the penalty shots, losing by 11-12. In Kazan, Russia could not overcome Romania, losing by 7-8.
In Group A (where Spain and Germany are included), the other game of the round saw 2010 champion Serbia defeating FYR Macedonia in Belgrade by 10-6. In Group B (comprising also Russia and Romania), the team of Montenegro (second in 2010) had no problems in winning 16-2 against Turkey, in a match played in Budva.
Finally, no major surprises in Group C, where Croatia (third of the 2010 World League) comfortably beat Netherlands in Dubrovnik by 15-7. In Bergamo, Italy had a promising start in this World League edition, by defeating Greece 11-6.
GROUP A: 1. SRB, 3 pts (1 win); 2. GER, 2 (1W); 3. ESP, 1 (1 loss); 4. MKD, 0 (1L)
GROUP B: 1. MNE, 3 pts (1W); 2. ROU, 3 (1W); 3. RUS, 0 (1L); 4. TUR, 0 (1L)
GROUP C: 1. CRO, 3 pts (1W); 2. ITA, 3 (1W); 3. GRE, 0 (1L); 4. NED, 0 (1L)
Next round (December 7, 2010):
Group A: GER-SRB & MKD-ESP
Group B: ROU-MNE & TUR-RUS
Group C: GRE-CRO & NED-ITA