Super Final 2011 (Men): Serbia beats Italy after shootouts

World League

FLORENCE, Italy (June 22) - Until half time the Chinese managed to stay in the game, with five goals for and seven against. Once more China has shown a balanced team and displayed some good individuals. Then the superiority of the Americans materialised with six more goals and just one more for the Chinese. USA’s captain Tony Azevedo top scored the game with 4 goals; Guo scored three goals, half of the total made by the Chinese.

GAME 5: UNITED STATES 13 – CHINA 6
Quarters: (4-3, 3-2; 4-1, 2-0)

REFEREES: PERIS Nenad (CRO), BRGULJAN Mario (MNE)
FINA DELEGATE: AMINI Khosrow (IRI)

Teams:
UNITED STATES: MOSES Merrill, VARELLAS Peter 1, HUDNUT Peter 2, POWERS Jeff 2, WRIGHT Adam, ALEXANDER Brian 2, BEAUBIEN Layne, AZEVEDO Tony 4, BUCKNER Shea, HUTTEN Tim, SMITH Jesse, KRUMPHOLZ JW 2, MANN John 2. Coach: SCHROEDER Terry.

CHINA: GE Weiqing, TAN Feihu 1, LIANG Zhongxing 1, YU Lijun, GUO Junliang 3, PAN Ning, LI Bin, WANG,Yang, XIE Junmin, LIANG Nianxiang, ZHANG Zhufeng 1, JIANG Bin, WU Honghui. Coach: CAI Tianxiong.


GAME 6: MONTENEGRO 5 – CROATIA 11
Quarters: (1-4, 2-2; 1-2, 1-3)

REFEREES: CAPUTI Massimiliano, NAUMOV Sergey (RUS)
FINA DELEGATE: FOSTER Richard (USA)

Teams:
MONTENEGRO:  RADIC Zdravko, BRGULJAN Drasko 1, RADOVIC Aleksandar 1, DANILOVIC Damjan 1, VUKCEVIC Nikola 1,  TICIC Milan, JANOVIC Mladan, DRASKOVIC Dragan 1, KLIKOVAC Filip, BRGULJAN Darko, PETROVIC Antonio, JOKIC Predrag, SCEPANOVIC Milos. Coach: POROBIC Petar.

CROATIA: PAVIC Josip, BURIC Damir 2, BOSKOVIC Miho 2 (1P), DOBUD Niksa, JOKOVIC Maro 2, MUSLIM Petar, KARAC Frano, BUSLJE Andro, SUKNO Sandro 2, BARAC Samir, PASKVALIN Fran 1, OBRADOVIC Paulo 1, BULJUBASIC Ivan 1. Coach: RUDIC Ratko.

Montenegro played without his captain Nikola Janovic injured at a finger in yesterday’s victorious game against Canada. He will be out for two games on medical advice. Moreover the team coached by Porobic badly missed all opportunities to score on extra man in the first half of the game, in which they could only score one goal per period. They managed to tie only the second quarter, while losing the other three periods.The defeat against Rudic’s team was then inevitable.

This is the first international tournament that the Croatia line-up lacks the centre-forward Igor Hinic, who did not make himself any longer available to play on the national team. In the 3rd period Sukno (C) missed a penalty but soon after he scored his first goal on extra-man. So did his team mate Obradovic minutes later. A missile from Buljubasic from 12 metres, a minute and 7 seconds inside the last period, followed by Boskovic’s third goal and Buric’s second one, sealed the match. Drasko Brguljan’s last goal of the match was irrelevant for the final outcome.


GAME 7: AUSTRALIA 13 – CANADA 8
Quarters: (4-2, 4-2; 2-2, 3-2)

REFEREES: NI SHI Wei (CHN), CIRIC Mihaijlo (SRB)
FINA DELEGATE: AMINI Khosrow (IRI)

Teams:
AUSTRALIA: QUINLIVAN Luke, CAMPBELL Richard 2, CLELAND Tim 1, YOUNGER Aaron, MAITLAND Robbie, MARTIN Anthony 1, COTTERILL Johnno 2, MC GREGOR Sam 3, SWIFT Joel 1, WOODS Gavin 2, HOWDEN Rhys, MILLER Billy, ROACH Aidan 1. Coach: FOX John

CANADA: RANDALL Robin ©, KUDABA Constantin 1, TOUNI Omar, CONSTANTIN Nicolas 2, BOYD Justin 2, ROBINSON Scott, CONWAY John, GRAHAM Kevin 3, GASIC Luka, DAKIC Dusko, VIKALO Oliver, MC ELROY Jared, ALEKSIC Dusan. Coach: JOVANOVIC Dragan.

At half time Australia was already leading 8-4 – identical the score of the first two quarters, 4-2 for the Aussies - and the outcome of the confrontation between the two sides from the Commonwealth never looked in doubt. Nevertheless the North Americans tried hard to reduce the gap. The result of their effort was a tie (2-2) in the 3rd quarter. In the last quarter however, the Australians prevailed again, although by the narrowest margin (3-2). At the beginning of the last period Australia’s captain Sam Mc Gregor missed a penalty but soon after he scored his 3rd  goal in the game, on a breakaway action. Then Boyd (CAN), Woods (AUS), Martin (AUS) and Graham (CAN) traded goals. Mc Gregor for Australia and Boyd for Canada were the game’s top scorers, with three goals each.


GAME 8: SERBIA 13 – ITALY 12 (after penalty shootouts) 10-10 
Quarters: (2-4, 3-2; 2-1, 4-4) 

REFEREES: STAVROPOULOS Nikolaos (GRE), MOLINER Angel (ESP)
FINA DELEGATE: FIROIU Nicola (R)

Teams:
SERBIA: SORO Slobodan, CUK Milos, GOCIC Zivko 1, UDOVICIC Vanja 2, VAPENSKI, PIJETLOVIC Dusko 2, NIKIC Slobodan, ALEKSIC Milan, RADEN Nikola, FILIPOVIC Filip 3, PRLAINOVIC Andrija 5, MITROVIC Stefan, PIJETLOVIC Gojko, Coach: UDOVICIC Dejan.

ITALY: TEMPESTI Stefano, LUONGO Stefano, GITTO Niccolo, FIGLIOLI Pietro 2, PEREZ Amaurys, FELUGO Maurizio 2, GIACOPPO Massimo, GALLO Valentino 1, PRESCIUTTI Christian 2, FIORENTINI Deni, AICARDI Matteo 2, DESERTI Arnaldo, GIORGETTI Alex 3. Coach: CAMPAGNA Alessandro.

Italy and Serbia put on a spectacular show trading goals in a hard fought and tight match which Serbia managed to conclude in its favour after the penalty shootouts. In the first quarter the two #11, Matteo Aicardi of Italy and Andrija Prlainovic of Serbia, alternatively scored two spectacular action goals each. In between Presciutti (I) netted a delicious lob shot. Figlioli (I) scored the last goal of the period, a blaze from the distance, bringing his team up two goal again (4-2).

Slightly after the opening of the second period Andrija Prlainovic scored his third on a penalty shot allowed for a major foul committed by Luongo. Serbia’s captain Vanja Udovicic followed up tying with a strong throw from the middle distance: 4-4 at half of the second quarter. Italy up again at 2:32 thanks an action goal from its #13 Alex Giorgetti. New tie for Serbia, signed by Filipovic on penalty: 5-5. A minute to the end and new action goal for Italy, again from Giorgetti. 6-5 for Italy the score at half time.

In the 3rd period, at 5:57 Felugo converted a penalty but the one goal gap in favour of the Italian team remained unaltered when Dusko Pijetlovic scored an action goal for Serbia 15 seconds later. With a minute missing to the end of the quarter Felugo, alone, missed an easy opportunity from two metres. Filipovic (S) did not return the courtesy and shoot lethally on the opposite front, gaining a well deserved 7-7 tie to Serbia.

4th period. 7:04 Andrija Prlainovic scores his 4th goal, this one from the long distance, giving Serbia the lead for the first time in this game (8-7). A controversial goal from Figlioli, another blaze from the long distance put the teams again on a tie 8-8. But 30 seconds later Prlainovic’s fifth goal puts Serbia up one goal again (9-8). Soon after left handed Filipovic scored his 3rd goal on extra man and Serbia is 2 goals up (10-8). At 2:45 Presciutti reduced the gap scoring a goal (his second) on a breakaway action (10-9). Then Italy misses an opportunity to tie on extra man. But the incredible happened: Giorgetti receives directly from Italy’s goalie Tempesti, gets rid of his opponents and from two metres drops a fantastic lob, which leaves the 1,000 home crowd ecstatic. On a 10-10 score penalty shootouts were necessary.

Italy shoot first with Presciutti who missed to convert his penalty; so did the first shooter for Serbia, Andrija Prlainovic. Both the second shooters, Felugo and Udovicic, scored their goal. Instead both the third shooters, Figlioli and Alecsic missed their conversion while both the fourth shooters, Gallo and Gocic, made their goal. Italy’s fifth shooter, Deserti, badly missed his opportunity; not so Serbia’s fifth, Dusko Pijetlovic, who scored his goal giving his team the much sought victory. 13-12 the final score in favour of the defending World League (as well World) champions.

NOTE. At 3:31 in the 3rd quarter Serbia’s coach Dejan Udovicic received a red card and was excluded from the game.