Game 15 (M): 19:40, Group A, HUNGARY 16 KAZAKHSTAN 5

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Quarters: 4-1, 4-0, 3-2, 5-2

Referees: Nenad PERIS (CRO), Marie-Claude DESLIERES (CAN)

Extra Man: HUN: 5/9. KAZ: 1/4

HUNGARY: Viktor NAGY, Milos FERVENCY, Norbert MADARAS (3), Dense VARGAS (3), Marton SZIVOS (1), Norbert HOSNYANSZKY (3), Gergely KISS (1), Zsolt VARGA, Daniel VARGA (1), Peter BIROS (3), Adam STEINMETZ, Balazs HARAI (1), Zoltan SZECSI. Head Coach: Denes KEMENY.
KAZAKHSTAN: Alexandr SHVEDOV, Sergey GUBAREV (1), Murat SHAKENOV, Roman PILIPENKO, Alexey PANFILI, Alexandr FENOCHKO, Alexandr AXENOV (1), Rustam UKUMANOV, Evgeniy ZHILYAVEV (2), Mikhail RUDAY (1), Ravil MANAFOV, Nikita KOKORIN, Alexey DEMCHENKO. Head Coach: Sergey DROZDOV.

Hungary’s victory over Kazakhstan was easier than the opening day when it fended off Montenegro 11-10. Hungary used the match to work on swift passing with excellent finishing. No sooner had the ball arrived on the players’ hands than it was in the back of the net. This was used with short passes as well as long cross passes. Rarely did the ploy not work, such was the Hungarians’ accuracy. Kazakhstan tried hard but the Hungarians had all the answers. It took the wily skills of ZHILYAYEV to score twice with one slipping under the left arm of GOR NAGY — a rare mistake for him. GUBAREV was another to send in a quick outside shot. But it was the Hungarians who were the quickest team with the shooting action almost blurred. The crowd loved veteran BIROS who opened the scoring on counter and scored his third on counter inside the final half minute — his second goal in quick succession. For Hungary it was another training game with London 2012 the big carrot.