PR 27 - Men's World League: Group leaders conclude successfully European preliminaries
Lausanne (SUI), March 30, 2013 – The teams of Montenegro and Hungary confirmed their qualification for the Super Final of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League 2013, by winning their games in the sixth and last round of the European preliminaries, organised on March 29-30.
In Group A, the Montenegrins, already leaders, received and beat at home (in Herceg Novi) the team of Turkey by 16-8. The Balkans completed the European prelims with a perfect series of six wins, while Turkey could not win any of the six matches contested. Croatia, the 2012 Olympic champion, had little consolation with a home triumph over Greece (5-4), as the second place in the group is not enough to get the ticket for the Super Final.
In Group B (only three teams), Serbia had already completed its four games and had qualified for the Super Final. In the remaining match of the sixth round, Spain defeated in Barcelona the squad of Germany by 11-6.
Finally, in Group C, Hungary, also qualified for the decisive stage of the competition, to be held in Chelyabinsk (RUS) from June 11-16, 2013, received the host of the Super Final (Russia) and won by 8-6. In Bucharest, Romania could not overcome Italy, losing by 9-13.
The remaining four teams taking part in the Super Final will be chosen after the conclusion of the tournament in Americas (May 24-27, two teams to qualify) and in Asia-Oceania (May 9-14, two teams to qualify).
European Preliminaries (final rankings):
GROUP A: 1. MNE, 18 pts (6 wins); 2. CRO, 12 (4W, 2 losses); 3. GRE, 6 (2W, 4L); 4. TUR, 0 (56L)
GROUP B: 1. SRB, 12 pts (4W); 2. ESP, 5 (2W, 2L); 3. GER, 1 (4L)
GROUP C: 1. HUN, 18 pts (6W); 2. ITA, 10 (3W, 3L); 3. ROU, 5 (2W, 4L); 4. RUS, 3 (1W, 5L)
Teams qualified for the Super Final:
MONTENEGRO, SERBIA, HUNGARY and RUSSIA (as host)