World champion Serbia fires past Romania

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo

World champion Serbia moved a step closer to the quarter-finals by breezing past Romania 12-5 in day-two men’s water polo action at the Natatorium this morning.

The second straight Group B win was achieved with panache as the team displayed all its firepower and strengths against a team not unlike the Serbs.

Serbia’s raft of stars produced dynamic plays, especially with close-up magic, preferring to take shots from one metre rather than outside.

Captain Vanja UDOVICIC ably led his team, scoring three goals while Dusko PIJETLOVIC scored two massive centre-forward goals among his four.

Serbia needs now to sweep aside Australia to gain direct access to next week’s quarter-finals.

Australia, for the second time this week, needed a big finish to win, turning a 5-6 deficit at the last break into an amazing 12-7 with a high-energy, last five minutes that produced six goals.

Group C completed its second matches in the first session, Croatia expending more energy than necessary in beating Canada 11-4. Japan and Brazil played an enticing match with Japan coming back from three goals down twice to 13-11.

Italy vs USA - Credit: Giorgio Scala
Italy vs USA - Credit: Giorgio Scala

In Group D, Germany found South Africa a handful in the first quarter and a bit before surging away almost effortlessly, to a 16-8 victory with Moritz OELER scoring five goals.

Italy helped add to the United States of America’s woes — its second loss — with a dominating 8-5 victory. The closet the USA came to the Italians was 1-1.

Group A proved interesting with Montenegro beating Spain 9-7 with two chance lobs at the death. Hungary raced through Kazakhstan 16-4, which looked like a training session or, in fact a display, of fast passing and lightning shooting.

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