FINA World Championships
World champion Serbia fires past Romania
World champion Serbia moved a step closer to the quarter-finals by breezing past Romania 12-5 in day-two men’s water polo action at the Natatorium this morning.
The second straight Group B win was achieved with panache as the team displayed all its firepower and strengths against a team not unlike the Serbs.
Serbia’s raft of stars produced dynamic plays, especially with close-up magic, preferring to take shots from one metre rather than outside.
Greece finds Brazil a tough nut to crack
Greece had to come from down twice to shake off Brazil, winning their Group C women’s water polo match at the Natatorium today.
Playing the second day of the competition, Brazil led 2-1 and 4-3 before scoring the equalising goal at 5-5 by halftime.
Greece moved to 8-5 but Brazil scored either side of the final break to bring the game to 7-8. However, Greece had the better of the final four minutes, winning 11-8.
It was Greece’s second win and sets it up for the final group game on Thursday against Russia, who accounted for Spain 18-8 in the earlier match.
Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA was devastating in that match, scoring five goals in a game where Spain struggled to compete.
Hungary shakes off dominant Montenegro
It’s not often that Hungary finds itself in a two-goal-down situation twice in a match but it did not seem to phase the team that has won the past three Olympic titles.
Hungary, however, needed a 4-1 final quarter to turn the tables on Montenegro in Group A action in what was an exhilarating start to the men’s water polo competition at the Natatorium.
Super coach Denes KEMENY urged his players on but the writing was on the wall and Montenegro looked good to win the match at the final break.
Hungary poured on the power and the goals with three from extra-man advantage to go 11-9 ahead inside two minutes, giving up a Montenegro goal at 1:26 and hold on for victory.
Olympic champion Netherlands regains some Beijing lustre
Netherlands could prove the “dark horse” of the women’s water polo competition at the XIV FINA World Championships at the Natatorium.
In the opening game of the championship, the most credentialled women’s teams — holders of all four major titles — battled to a 7-7 draw, making the following games all that more important to decide who shall go through, possibly, as Group A winner.
The game was always close with centre forwards dominating and defensive structures impenetrable at times.
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