Game 11 (M): 12:10, Group C, BRAZIL 11 JAPAN 13

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

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

Referees: Mario BRGULJAN (MNE), NI Shi Wei (CHN)

Extra Man: BRA: 3/5. JPN: 6/9

BRAZIL: Marcelo CHAGAS, Emilio VIERIA, Henrique MIRANDA, Bernardo GOMES, Marcelo FRANCO (1), Gustavo GUIMARAES (1), Jonas CRIVELLA, Felipe SILVA (3), Bernardo ROCHO, Ruda FRANCO (3), Joao Felipe COELHO, Danilo CORREA (3), Vincius ANTONELLI. Head Coach: Goran SABLIC.
JAPAN: Katsuyuki TANAMURA, Kan AOYAGI, Koji TAKEI (3), Shota HAZUI, Mitsuaki SHIGA (1), Akira YANASE (1), Yisuke SHIMIZU (4), Atsushi NAGANUMA (1), Hiroki WAKAMATSU, Yoshinori SHIOTA (2), Keigo OKAWA (1), Satoshi NAGATA, Naoki SHIMIZU. Head Coach: Hideki TAKAGI.

Japan need shock tactics to get into the game and had to come from 3-1 and 5-2 down before some authority on the game. The three-goal momentum gained in the second quarter to level the game at 5-5 and then 6-6, continued in the third period after FRANCO took Brazil ahead on extra. YANASE from a short drive to four metres, TAKEI with a blistering shot from eight metres and SHIMIZU with an easy conversion of extra from three metres, gave Japan a two-goal advantage at the final break. FRANCO netted a second with a twisting lob from outside five metres to open the final quarter inject hope into Brazil but SHIMIZU swept back a ball from the near-post position on extra for 10-8. OKAWA took it to three ahead with a lob on counter but Brazil struck back twice, through SILVA with a doughnut shot on extra and Marcelo FRANCO after the extra-man advantage for 10-11 at 3:19. The game virtually finished when TAKEI and SHIMIZU both scored their third goals just before the last minute. Ruda FRANCO slipped in a goal on extra for his third 41 seconds from time. Japan used its time and Brazil called a timeout at 0:12 but the shot failed to find a home. Brazil had three more shots than Japan but with a poorer percentage.