Game 39 (M): 09:30, ROMANIA 15 JAPAN 18

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Classification 11th & 12th

Quarters: 4-3, 3-5, 3-5, 5-5

Referees: Gideon REEMNET (NED), Torsten BOCK (GER)

Extra Man:  ROU: 6/15. JPN: 2/14

Pens: JPN: 3/3

ROMANIA: Dragos STOENESCU, Cosmin RADU (3), Tiberiu NEGREAN (2), Nicolae DIACONU (3), Andrei IOSEP, Andrei BUSILA, Mihnea CHIOVEANU, Alexandru MATEI GUIMAN (1), Dimitri GOANTA, Ramiro GEORGESCU (2), Alexandru GHIBAN, Kalman KADAR (4), Mihai DRAGUSIN. Head Coach: Istvan KOVACS.
JAPAN: Katsuyuki TANAMURA, Kan AOYAGI (2), Koji TAKEI (1), Shota HAZUI, Mitsuaki SHIGA (1), Akira YANASE, Yisuke SHIMIZU (1), Atsushi NAGANUMA, Hiroki WAKAMATSU, Yoshinori SHIOTA (8), Keigo OKAWA (2), Satoshi NAGATA (2), Naoki SHIMIZU. Head Coach: Hideki TAKAGI.

ROU vs JPN - credit: Russell McKinnon
ROU vs JPN - credit: Russell McKinnon

SHIOTA almost single-handedly dragged his team to 11th place over Romania. SHIOTA scored eight goals to equal RADU (ROU) in achieving the feat in Shanghai. Three of those were scored on penalty, giving him a total of 13. Japan last played the FINA World Championships in Melbourne where it finished 16th. Romania slipped from its 2009 ranking of seven. The frenetic pace of the first quarter was replicated in the second. Romania had the ascendancy in the first with RADU claiming two goals — the first from deep right after taking a hand on the face — and the centre a superb centre-forward turn when surrounded by three defenders. SHIOTA scored twice in the period for Japan from the deep left. SHIOTA's third came at the top of the second period immediately after a turnover, levelling the game. GEORGESCU gained a deflection on his shot for 5-4 but a three-goal burst by Japan, including a counter-attack goal by NAGATA, had Japan 7-5 ahead. MATEI GUIMAN on extra and DIACONU with a shot from deep right squeezed into the bottom right, brought the game back to equilibrium.

SHIOTA scored on penalty either side of the halftime break. Japan took a timeout and after the exclusion period, SHIGA scored. SHIOTA scored number six with his third penalty of the match and fifth for the tournament. It was the third penalty in under five minutes. Goals were swapped until 9-13 at 0:38. GEORGESCU converted extra with four seconds left for 10-13 going into the final quarter. RADU scored his 20th goal (the first player to do so) and brought it to within two at 11-13.

DIACONU and KADAR brought it to 13-14 after another SHIOTA strike. SHIOTA gained his eighth goal for 13-15 at 5:03 when he snapped in a rebound after the extra-man period. NEGREAN and AOYAGI traded goals for 14-16 at 4:21. By now Romania had 17 major fouls and Japan 12. SHIMIZU fired one in from deep right for 14-17 just as the excluded player was returning to play. Romania missed an extras-man chance when the ball was swept over the crossbar. KADAR converted an exclusion seconds after the call for 15-17 at 0:57. It was his fourth goal and only sixth for the tournament. Romania stole the ball off Japan, gained exclusion and went to a timeout at 0:35. The shot was blocked on the line and Japan took the ball to the other end of the pool, where AOYAGI, who had no intention of scoring, saw the clock and decided to blast away at 0:01, scoring for 15-18. There were 64 stoppages in the game, sending the game over time without any extra time.