Game 6 (M): 18:20, Group D, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 7 GERMANY 9

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Quarters: 0-4, 2-2, 4-1, 1-2

Referees: Mario BRGULJAN (MNE), Georgios STAVRIDIS (GRE)

Extra Man: USA: 4/5. GER: 3/5

Pen: USA: 0/1

UNITED STATES: Merrill MOSES, Peter VARELLAS (1), Peter HUDNUT (1), Jeff POWERS, Adam WRIGHT (1), Brian ALEXANDER, Layne BEAUBIEN (1), Tony AZEVEDO (2), Tim HUTTEN (1), Jesse SMITH, Shea BUCKNER, Z, Andy STEVENS. Coach: Terry SCHROEDER.
GERMANY: Alexander TCHIGIR, Florian NAROSKA, Fabian SCHROEDTER, Julian REAL, Marko STAMM, Marc POLITZE (1), Erik BUKOWSKI, Paul SCHUELER (2), Tobias KREUZMANN (2), Moritz OELER (3), Andreas SCHLOTTERBECK (1), Dennis EIDNER, Roger KONG. Head Coach: Hagen STAMM.

Two of the most experienced teams in the competition battled out an unusual match on a day of unusual matches. The USA has had the better of the results in recent years and has competed at the highest level with the best silver at the Beijing Olympic Games. Germany has been out of the limelight but changed that today. It would be fair to say that the USA contingent at the pool was utterly stunned by a five-goal deficit and the fact that the USA did not score until more than halfway through the second quarter. Germany was then stunned as the awakening giant moved from 6-1 down to 6-5. A blocked penalty attempt by superstar AZEVEDO could have narrowed the game to one again but he atoned with a score eight seconds from the final break. OELER made sure of a shot on extra three minutes into the final quarter for his third but there was still time for the patient USA. BEAUBIEN converted extra but KREUZMANN sent one in on the next attack for 9-7. Both teams shut up shop but USA’s chances in the final minute came to nought, especially after the ball was stolen with the last chance. Germany was better prepared for the match and the sluggish USA had no answers early. Head Coach STAMM said after the match that for two quarters (first two) “We played the best that we can”. The win was achieved without the services of NAROSKA, who sat on the bench with an injured shoulder but is gaining traditional Chinese treatment. For the yellow wall of German spectators, it was the best possible start to the championships and reason to celebrate with the local Tsingtao beer.