Montenegro, Spain, USA and Germany keep medal hopes alive

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo

credit: Russell McKinnonMontenegro, Spain, United States of America and Germany have fired through to the quarter-finals of the FINA World Championships men’s water polo competition at the Natatorium today.

The second-round games went as predicted but the pressure was firmly put on the Spaniards as Australia came back from 7-2 down only to fall a goal short at 9-8.

Montenegro, who missed the top eight two years ago in Rome, beat Romania 84; the United States of America which was fourth in Rome, rumbled North American cousin Canada 127-4 and Germany put paid to Japan’s hopes with a rousing 8-6 success in front of 150 screaming German youth camp swimmers.

In the round 13-16 semifinals, Kazakhstan beat China 8-7 in a rematch of last November’s Asian Games in Guangzhou. The margin in both matches was one. Brazil beat South Africa 7-4 after leading 4-0 at quarter time.

Monday’s programme is a full roster of eight matches in the women’s competition with the first two games, starting earlier because of the swimming competition, classification matches for 13th to 16th places.

The quarterfinal matches start at 14:00 and the China-Canada match has been switched to 21:00 form its original 15:20 time.

Germany - credit: Russell McKinnon
Germany - credit: Russell McKinnon