Game 1 (M): 09:30, Group A, HUNGARY 11 MONTENEGRO 10

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Quarters: 2-3, 3-2, 2-4, 4-1

Referees: Sergei NAUMOV (RUS), Erhan TULGA (TUR)

Extra Man: HUN:  4/5. MNE: 6/8

Pen: HUN: 1/1

HUNGARY: Viktor NAGY, Miklos GOR NAGY (1), Norbert MADARAS (1), Denes VARGAS (1), Marton SZIVOS, Norbert HOSNYANSZKY (1), Gergely KISS (1), Zsolt VARGA, Daniel VARGA (1), Peter BIROS (4), Adam STEINMETZ (1), Balazs HARAI, Zoltan SZECSI. Head Coach: Denes KEMENY.
MONTENEGRO: Denis SEFIK, Drasko BRGULJAN (1), Aleksandar RADOVIC (1), Damjan DANILOVIC (1), Nikola VUKCEVIC (1), Milan TICIC, Filip KLIKOVAC, Nikola JANOVIC (2), Aleksandar IVOVIC (2), Darko BRGULJAN, Antonio PETROVIC (1), Predrag JOKIC (1), Milos SCEPANOVIC. Coach: Petar POROBIC.

What a spectacular match to start the men’s competition! Two of the finest teams in the world playing like gladiators in front of an adoring crowd. With the game on a knife’s edge at halftime, the second half proved to be, as the cliché says, a game of two quarters. Montenegro held sway for much of the period and it was only the closing efforts of the 35-year-old BIROS who kept Hungary in the game. BIROS earlier scored what will probably become the goal of the tournament when he broke clear, had time to swan around in the attacking zone and accepted a long pass from goalkeeper NAGY, turn and then take his time in scoring a magnificent goal for 3-4. BIROS later took Hungary 6-5 ahead on penalty but his next goal was needed to stop the rot as Montenegro had shot to an 8-6 advantage. BIRO drilled from the top but DRASKOVIC grabbed a second goal on extra to give the Montenegrins a fantastic two-goal lead. There the celebrations ended as Hungary surged to the front and went 11-9 ahead inside the final two minutes. Three of those goals came on extra while KISS secured the 1-9 goal with his pile-driving left arm from close in. There was some hope for Montenegro when JANOVIC was allowed to move from six metres to three metres and score on extra at 1:26. Then, in the final minute, Montenegro took a timeout but the resulting play did not allow the shot on extra and JANOVIC was left stranded to take a meaningless shot from the side, which NAGY was able to easily save. Hungary had secured a morale-boosting win and seemingly dominance of the group.