Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Semifinal 5-8

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

Referees: Massimiliano CAPUTI (ITA), Juan MENENDEZ (CUB) Extra Man: USA: 5/11. GER: 3/12

Pen: GER: 2/2

UNITED STATES: Merrill MOSES, Peter VARELLAS (1), Peter HUDNUT (1), Jeff POWERS (1), Adam WRIGHT, Brian ALEXANDER (1), Layne BEAUBIEN (1), Tony AZEVEDO, Ryan BAILEY (2), Tim HUTTEN, Jesse SMITH, Shea BUCKNER (1), Andrew STEVENS. Coach:
GERMANY: Alexander TCHIGIR, Florian NAROSKA, Fabian SCHROEDTER, Julian REAL, Marko STAMM (1), Marc POLITZE (1), Erik BUKOWSKI, Paul SCHUELER (1), Tobias KREUZMANN (2), Moritz OELER (2), Andreas SCHLOTTERBECK, Dennis EIDNER (1), Roger KONG. Head Coach: Hagen STAMM.

USA vs GER - credit: Russell McKinnon
USA vs GER - credit: Russell McKinnon

The USA nearly blew a three-goal margin in wrapping up ninth spot from Germany. It all came down ot the wire as the USA went from 8-6 at the final break to 9-6 when Alexander scored of the left-hand=catch position at 6:33. A minute later OELER scored his second of the match and 13th of the event when he mastered a penalty shot for 9-7. The game was in an interesting position, al;though the uSA had been in command of the match only seeing a levelled game at 1-1 and 4-4.
Germany went to a timeout at 3:46 and nearly a minute later USA took a break. No goals came from those tactics and the game was closing. However, EIDNER left it until 1:07 to score his first goal of the tournament when on extra. He received the short pass to the near-post position on a lookaway pass and cleanly scored. Germany had now become a huge threat to USA's dominance. The USA attacked to no advantage and Germany drove forward with plenty of time. An outside player was driving in to set himself for a shot from outside five metres but he was inextricably called for a turnover just inside the last half minute and the USA took control and wasted time for the victory. German head coach STAMM was understandably upset with the referee and voiced his opinion. It was a sad way for the game to finish but a good result for the USA, who now move to the playoff for fifth. The USA had the ascension at 4-1 half a minute from quarter time. Three consecutive German goals took the score to 4-4 but the USA scored four goals in a row for a four-goal break at halftime. A relatively quiet third period saw goal apiece and two unrequited timeouts. Then came the final quarter and USA's success.