Game 3 (M): 12:10, Group B, ROMANIA 8 AUSTRALIA 9

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

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

Referees: Nenad PERIS (CRO), Mark KOGANOV (AZE)

Extra Man: ROU: 2/2. AUS: 4/6

Pen: ROU: 1/1

ROMANIA: Dragos STOENESCU, Cosmin RADU (2), Tiberiu NEGREAN (2), Nicolae DIACONU, Andrei IOSEP (1), Andrei BUSILA, Mihnea CHIOVEANU, Alexandru MATEI, Dimitri GOANTA, Ramiro GEORGESCU (2), Alexandru GHIBAN, Kalman KADAR (1), Mihai DRAGUSIN. Head Coach: Istvan KOVACS.
AUSTRALIA: Joel DENNERLEY, Richard CAMPBELL (2), Tim CLELAND, Mitchell BAIRD, Robbie MAITLAND, Anthony MARTIN, Aidan ROACH (2), Sam McGREGOR, Aaron YOUNGER (1), Gavin WOODS, Rhys HOWDEN (1), Billy MILLER (3), Luke QUINLIVAN.  Coach: John FOX.

Australia may have won the game by a single goal but the manner in which it came had fans wondering what was going on. Romania had the game secure at 4-1 after the Aussie Sharks opened the scoring. By the final break Romania was still comfortably in control at 7-5 but the desperate Sharks were circling and went in for the kill to tie the game at seven and again at eight after RADU scored one of the easiest counter-attack goals of his life. Australia, not so hot on extra-man plays earlier — even failing to shoot when two men up — then scored two brilliant goals when a man up. The first came when CAMPBELL scored off a cross pass and then YOUNGER scored off the first pass with 44 seconds left for 9-8. Romania went to a timeout but the shot came from the acute deep right and QUINLIVAN smacked down the ball, regained and sent it to the side to waste time and win an almost impossible victory. Romania would be gutted with NEGREAN scoring his team’s first two goals and converting a penalty in a game where heavy fouling was the norm. The goal of the match came when MILLER drove cross-cage and seemed to tip on a low projectile for his third when two defenders had him nearly underwater. That goal brought up the 7-7 scoreline and breathed life into Australia’s early campaign.