WP Juniors 2013 (M), Day 2: Hungary drew with Italy, scoring twice in last 45 seconds

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

SZOMBATHELY, Hungary (13 August) – Together with the dark clouds and gutsy winds, excitement also arrived to the venue, close to Hungary’s western border. Day 2 offered a series of twists and turns in almost every game. The highlight of the programme came last, Hungary earned a draw against Italy in a real thriller: the hosts came back from two goals down in the last 45 seconds!



Match reports:

Group A: COLOMBIA 8 CANADA 9
Quarters: 2-2, 3-2, 2-2, 1-3

Teams:
COLOMBIA: SANDOVAL Daniel Ricardo, ALDANA Brayan Alejandro, PEREZ Juan Carlos, HINESTROZA Andres David 4, HERNANDEZ Juan Pablo 2, MONTOYA Steven, MONCADA William, AREVALO Santiago, ORTIZ Omar Andres, VERGARA Glicerio 2, GONIMA David, PEREZ Guillermo, TALASA Jayman.
CANADA: RADENOVIC Milan, BOSKOVIC Dusan, RADOJCIC Dusan 1, PELLANO Martin, GRAHAM Eric, DABIC Matija, TASCHEREAN Alec 3, LAPINS David, MITROVIC Nikola 3, PERRY Connor, THUMWOOD Devon 2, HENNING Oscar, SULLIVAN Daniel.

Extramen
COL: 3 for 8
CAN: 1 for 5

Penalties:
COL: none
CAN: 0 for 1

Referees: Orikasa (JPN), Vlasic (CRO)

The match decided on the qualification: the winner could earn a chance to go for a place in the quarterfinals while the loser had to settle for playing for places 13-16. The excitements were worthy of such a big test: until the last minutes neither side could build a two-goal gap. In fact, the lead exchanged continuously. Canada went 1-0 up, Colombia scored two for 2-1. In the second Canada was ahead again (3-2), but after a series of missed and saved shots the South Americans levelled twice, what’s more Hernandez netted an action goal for a 5-4 Colombian lead by half-time. Two actions goals from Thumwood in 42 seconds put Canada ahead but after a hectic period it was equal again.  Thumwood missed a penalty at 6-6, and his team paid for it as Vergara scored for 7-6, 16 seconds before the end of the third. But the Canadians managed to bounce back from this, and their physical strength started to dominate in the fourth. The Colombians couldn’t set up good scoring opportunities while the Canadians netted three action goals. It wasn’t like a whirlwind, they worked hard for them, and with 1:33 on the clock they led 9-7. Hinestroza pulled one back from an extra but the Canadians didn’t give the ball away in the remaining 37 seconds.


Group A: ITALY 11 HUNGARY 11

Quarters: 4-3, 4-3, 1-1, 2-4

Teams:
ITALY: VESPA Lorenzo, DI FULVIO Francesco 2, PRESCIUTTI Nicholas 1, VERGANO Tommaso 1, FONDELLI Andrea 1, ALESIANI Jacopo, RENZUTO IODICE Vincenzo 1, BRUNI Lorenzo 1, VELOTTO Alessandro, BUSILACCHI Tommaso, CUPIDO Luca 3, DOLCE Vincenzo 1, VASSALLO Gabriele.
HUNGARY: BENDES Viktor, TELEGDY Andras, JANSIK Szilard 2, BEDO Krisztian 2, BERTA Jozsef 1, SEDLMAYER Tamas, GYARFAS Tamas 2, CSAPO Miklos 3, LORINCZ Balint 1, SZABO Bendeguz, MANHERCZ Krisztian, NEMET Toni, GYORGY David

Extramen:
ITA: 5 for 15
HUN: 5 for 11

Penalties:
ITA: none
HUN: 2 for 2

Referees: Uz (TUR), Buch (ESP)

Despite the rain there were hardly any room left on the tribune: one thousand people gathered to see the first big game of the host team, against Italy, the top favourite of this tournament. None of them went home disappointed: it was a thrilling match, just as if it were contested by the senior sides of the sport’s two powerhouses.
Italy got the better start, they led 4-3 after the action-packed first period and went quickly 6-3 up in the second. They maintained this lead for most of the time, Hungary pulled one back in the dying seconds from a penalty so it stood 8-6 at half-time. Bendes made fine saves in two connecting Italian 6 on 5s, but the hosts also missed an extra. Italy found the net first, Renzuto scored from the centre, then Jansik found the net for 9-7. Both teams missed an extra still in the third so Italy had a two-goal advantage before the last period. After a couple of missed shots Lorincz scored from a spectacular counter but Fondelli replied immediately from a 6 on 5. The tension grew, a double exclusion was followed by the ejection of Bedo, the crown jewel of the Hungarians who was member of the gold medallist senior team in Barcelona. But the hosts weren’t done and, fuelled by their fans, scored another action goal. Still, Italy got another 6 on 5 and Di Fulvio converted it for 11-9 with only 81 seconds left. Hungary earned an extra and after the time-out Jansik put it away with 45 seconds remaining. The Italians couldn’t play out the entire 30 seconds, the Hungarians grabbed the ball, forced an exclusion and Csapo sent the ball home with 0:01 to go. The crowd went wild after this magical comeback, however, in order to finish on the top of the group the Hungarians need a 14+ goal win against Canada on Wednesday.


Group B: UZBEKISTAN 9 SOUTH AFRICA 8
Quarters: 6-2, 0-0, 2-2, 1-4

Teams:
UZBEKISTAN: KHABIBULLAEV Radion, RAZZAKOV Timur, QOSIMOV Miraziz 1, MASSEL Aleksandr 2, DONSKOV Vladimir, ZAITSEV Aleksey, RUSTAMOV Kirill 5, CHUMACHENKO Egor, SAVLIEV Abbas, SELIFONTOV Semvon, KURBANBAEV Amir, KRAHOTIN Maksim 1, MIRSAITOV Marlen.
SOUTH AFRICA: CONVERSANO Franco, OLVER Roarke 1, JAGGA Dayne 2, TRNINIC Dan 2, DU PLESSIS Paul, SCHOOLING Nicholas 1, HAYES Dylan, GREGORY Campbell, WRIGHT Cameron, MASON Dylan, BAKER Christopher 2, FRAMES Michael, MADI Lwazi.

Extraman:
UZB: 3 for 6
RSA: 1 for 3

Penalties:
UZB: 1 for 1
RSA: none

Referees: Roy (CAN), Vasenin (RUS)

Three minutes into the third quarter it looked like another one-sided encounter. The Uzbeks led 8-2 as their scoring machine, Kirill Rustamov was almost unstoppable. The young prodigy – who plays in Hungary in the junior league – netted four goals in 20 minutes so his team sat comfortably in the driving seat. Perhaps too comfortably. The South Africans pulled two goals back still in the third and at the beginning of the fourth they hit twice in 34 seconds for 8-6. Next came Rustamov again, converting a penalty, but another double this time in 31 seconds narrowed the gap to 9-8 with 1:31 to go. Rustamov managed to force a corner, but with 36 seconds remaining on the clock the South Africans got the ball. They could set up two opportunities, but their free throws didn’t find their way into the net – fittingly, it was Rustamov who blocked the final attempt 3 seconds before the end.


Group B: SERBIA 11 BRAZIL 5
Quarters: 3-3, 2-2, 0-0, 6-0

Teams:
SERBIA: VITOROVIC Milan, TANASKOVIC Djordje 2, MAKSIMOVIC Milos, VASIC Dusan, SUBOTIC Gavril 3, STOJANOVIC Ognjen, MANDIC Dusan 2, RASOVIC Viktor 1, RANDJELOVIC Sava 1, MANOJLOVIC Marko, MATKOVIC Nemanja 1, OBRADOVIC Dimitrije 1, JAKSIC Nikola.
BRAZIL: MANFRINI Marcelo, JUNIOR Marcos, MARTINS Felipe, REAL Pedro, TAYER Pedro, GOMES Bernardo 1, BORGES Pedro, VASCONSCELOS Henrique, GOMES Guilherme 1, SALGADO Gabriel, GUIMARSES Gustavo 3, STELLET Pedro, CAMPOS Bernardo.

Extraman:
SRB: 2 for 4
BRA: 0 for 4

Penalties:
SRB: 0 for 1
BRA: 2 for 2

Referees: Salnichenko (KAZ), Hodgers (AUS)

Though the final score clearly shows which is the better side the Serbs had to dig really deep to earn this victory. For three quarters they couldn’t break the Brazilians who fought bravely and held the favourites on equal terms. The Serbs went ahead five times in the first half but Brazil managed to equalise on each occasion. The third period went scoreless as the Serbs missed two extras and Stojanovic’s penalty was stopped by Manfrini. The Serbs finally found the way to score and they could do it twice in 30 seconds in the beginning of the fourth. Brazil had a 6 on 5 after a time-out but Gomes’s shot was saved in the middle of the last period. And it cost them a lot: the Serbs added two more goals from two connecting attacks with 1:51 to go and that was decisive. The Brazilians broke down and conceded further two goals in the dying minutes, losing the fourth period 6-0.


Group C: SLOVAKIA 10 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 12
Quarters: 3-3, 4-2, 1-2, 2-5

Teams:
SLOVAKIA: KOZMER Lukas, GASPARIK Patrik, HODAS Matej, KOSTELNIK Tomas 2, PLVAN Vladimir 3, BIBEN Martin, PAKSI Patrik 1, DEKANY Matej, ZAKAR Peter, BAUER Otto, BIELIK Tomas 2, BALAZ Samuel 2, HOFERICA Tomas.
USA: BARON McQuin, FELLNER Patrick, ZWANEVELD Alec 1, FARMER Matthew, ABDULHAMID Adam 2, ROBERTS Ryder 2, McCLINTICK Danny 1, BONANNI Bret, BOWEN Alexander 3, RAMIREZ Chancellor 1, McCONNELL Nolan 1, KIMBELL Jackson 1, DANNER Garrett.

Extramen:
SVK: 4 for 11
USA: 5 for 16

Penalties:
SVK: none
USA: 1 for 1

Referees: Nemeth (HUN), Cote (COL)

What a clash it was! The US managed to overcome a three-goal deficit in the second half to win this magnificent match. The Slovaks’ play started to click from the middle of the first period when they scored three straight goals to turn the cards from 2-3 to 5-3. The US came back to 5-5 but two action goals from two attacks still in the second period gave Slovakia a 7-5 lead. And they went on, Plvan buried a man-up for 8-5 early in the third. After tense minutes the Slovaks had a 6 on 5 to rebuild the three-goal cushion at 8-6 but Baron denied Balaz. The US goalie posted four more saves in this period and those were crucial, as Roberts’s centre goal with 34 seconds to go in the third gave hope for the Americans. And they could build on their momentum in the fourth, netting two man-ups in 30 seconds for 8-9. The Slovaks held their nerves and put away their extra for 9-9. Another save came from Baron, then a free-throw from Bowen gave a 10-9 lead for the US, but Kostelnik levelled the score once more for 10-10 and 4:40 minutes still remained from the match. The Slovaks could have regained the lead but Plvan missed an extra, just as Ramirez in the next attack. But a bit later Roberts could net an action goal with 2:59 remaining on the clock. The Slovaks earned a 6 on 5 but gave away the ball, and the ensuing man-up brought the decisive goal, taken by Bowen. Another extra was denied by Baron, all in all, the Slovaks missed their last three man-ups and that cost them a point or two.


Group C: SPAIN 11 RUSSIA 11
Quarters: 1-3, 4-2, 4-4, 2-2

Teams:
SPAIN: LORRIO Eduardo, MUNARRIZ Alberto 2, MONTPEAT Joshua 2, CABANAS Sergi, DE TORO Miguel, LARUMBE Marc, BARROSO Alberto 6, MATOSO Vicente, REIXACH Gerard, BUSTOS Alejandro, GORRIA Javier 1, BUSTOS Javier, EXPOSITO Victor.
RUSSIA: KORNEEV Kirill, SUCHKOV Ivan 2, KISELEV Konstantin, DYUBCHENKO Vitaly, KOVALENKO Valery, DEREVYANKIN Nikita, TIMAKOV Vladislav 2, NAGAEV Ivan 4, FEDOTOV Vasily 2, KOPTSEV Ivan, ZHITNIK Viacheslav 1, SHEPELEV Roman, MAKAS Artem.

Extramen:
ESP: 8 for 10
RUS: 5 for 14

Penalties
ESP: 1 for 1
RUS: none

Referees: Putnikovic (SRB), Schwartz (ISR)

A huge game with a rightful outcome: one point apiece. Russia got the better start, took a 4-1 lead early in the second period. But the Spaniard’s man-up play worked really well, they scored three in a row for 4-4, and added a fourth one after Russia also put one away, still in the second period. They stood 5-5 at half-time, but the Russians scored two action goals in 32 seconds early in the third. The Spaniards hit back again for 7-7, from two man-ups, of course. With 2:35 to go in the third Spain took the lead for the first time but from the next attack a fine action goal came from Suchkov, with 3 seconds on the shotclock. A rare Spanish miss of an extra gave the opportunity for the Russians and they took it, Nagaev scored with 36 seconds till the end of this period. However, the Spanish managed to beat the buzzer, Montpeat scored with 0:01 on the clock. And we still had the last period which didn’t disappoint the water polo fans. Fedotov opened the scoring from the first attack, the following minutes saw two missed or saved shots at both ends. Barroso scored from an extra for 10-10 (at 3:56). Fedotov converted their 6 on 5 (3:15), but the Spanish were up to the task again, Munarriz scored the team’s 8th man-up goal at 2:01. The Russians had the last 6 on 5 but they couldn’t take a shot after a time-out so the match settled for a draw.


Group D: JAPAN 13 KAZAKHSTAN 4
Quarters: 4-1, 4-0, 2-3, 3-0

Teams:
JAPAN: FUKUSHIMA Tomoyoshi, KONNO Yohei, ICHIKAWA Masahiro 2, FUKADA Shunsuke, TAKIGAWA Shunya 1, ISHITANI Toshiki, SAKAMOTO Kouki 1, SUGANE Daiki 1, ARAI Atsushi 5, OONO Yuto 3, SAKAUE Hiroyuki, MATSUSHITA Wataru, KAWAMURA Soushi.
KAZAKHSTAN: MAKHMETOV Madikhan, TSOY Stanislav, KOLIADENKO Anton, GODOVANYUK Alexandr 2, AUBAKIROV Miras, ZHARDAN Maxim, TURLYKHANOV Bolat 1, BERBELYUK Egor 1, ALTAYEV Altay, YERSAINOV Makhambet, SAFIULLIN Vadim, SHAMSHAT Iliyas, SHLEMOV Valeriy.

Extramen:
JPN: 5 for 7
KAZ: 1 for 8

Penalties:
JPN: 0 for 1
KAZ: none

Referees: Farman (KUW), Willis (RSA)

The day’s only easy games were played in Group D. Kazakhstan took the lead in the first but the Japanese answered quickly and built a 4-1 lead by the end of this period. By half-time they were 8-1 up and apart from a minor set-back in the third they remained superior for almost the entire second half as well.


Group D: CROATIA 11 AUSTRALIA 5
Quarters: 5-0, 1-2, 3-1, 2-2

Teams:
CROATIA: MARCELIC Ivan, BUKIC Luka, MACAN Marko 2, GORETA Antun 3, FATOVIC Loren, CAGALI Marino 1, LOZINA Luka, BUHA Antonio 1, VISKOVIC Ante 2, ZIVKOVIC Ivan 1, VUKICEVIC Ante, BASIC Andrija, GAGULIC Andro 1.
AUSTRALIA: ADDLEY Gabriel, FORD George 1, PAVILLARD Luke 1, SKINNER Matthew, POWER Nathan, PERROTT Matthew, SINDONE Paul 2, TRABINGER Justin 1, MARSHALL Gordon, SINCLAIR Tyler, EGAN Daniel, EDWARDS Lachlan, COCOKIOS Sam.

Extramen:
CRO: 5 for 10
AUS: 4 for 12

Penalties:none
Referees: Garibaldi (ARG), Paoletti (ITA)

The Croats decided the match in the first period. Scoring three man-up goals and adding two from action – the last one with 0:01 to go – ensured a smooth marching for the remaining three quarters. Credit to the Aussies they fought hard but the Croatians did enough to maintain their lead. Their defence worked pretty well, holding their rivals on 3 goals for almost 30 minutes, then the Aussies scored the last two goals of the game but that was just a kind of consolation.