Game 10 (M): 10:50, Group C, CANADA 4 CROATIA 11

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Quarters: 1-3, 3-3, 0-3, 0-2

Referees: Sergio BORRELL (ESP), Cory WILLIAMS (NZL)

Extra Man: CAN: 1/5. CRO: 5/7

Pens: CAN: 1/1. CRO: 1/2

CANADA: Robin RANDALL, Constantine KUDABA, Omar TOUNI, Nicolas CONSTANTIN-BICARI (1), Justin BOYD (1), Scott ROBINSON (1), John CONWAY, Kevin GRAHAM (1), Devon DIGGLE, Dusko DAKIC, Oliver VIKALO, Jared McELROY, Dusan ALEKSIC. Coach: Dragan JOVANOVIC.
CROATIA: Josip PAVIC, Damir BURIC, Miho BOSKOVIC (2), Niksa DOBUD (4), Maro JOKOVIC (1), Petar MUSLIM (1), Frano KARAC (1), Andro BUSLJE, Sandro SUKNO, Samir BARAC.  Fran PASKVALIN, Paulo OBRADOVIC (1), Ivan BULJUBASIC (1). Coach: Ratko RUDIC.

Croatia gained a second win but met stiff resistance from Canada. However, by creating a shut-out in the second half, it proved that Croatia will be hotly favoured to progress to the quarter-finals. At 6-4 by halftime we had a game that looked more than very interesting but PAVIC nailed boards across his goal and Canada could not wrench them free. In fact, he stopped an incredible 81.8% — 18 from 22, possibly a percentage not to be beaten here. Croatia’s DOBUD reaped four goals to go with the two from the clash with Brazil on day two. The powerful centre forward sent in a quick and powerful backhand to close the scoring and earlier fired one from the top. RANDALL saved his best defence for a block to the right on MUSLIM’s penalty to slow Croatia’s march after two DOBUD goals in the third period. Probably the best shot of the game was that struck by BULJABASIC. He drove to the right and received the ball. In hand, he drove back across the cage, taunting RANDALL and then, while facing his own goal, flicked the ball backwards, over his head and off his right hand — a cunning shot if you ever saw one. A telling factor for Canada’s loss was the extra-man count.