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Water Polo Men: Day 3: GRE 8 ESP 7
Greece consigned Spain to third place in Group A with a heart-stopping 8-7 victory. The nearly packed grandstands witnessed another fantastic match with Guillermo Molina opening the scoring through a penalty.
The tight play opened slightly for Greece to respond through Evangelos Delakas for 1-1 at the break. It was all Greece in the second period with Emmanouill Mylonakis sending in two goals from the deep right.
Centurions Hungary and Australia battle out draw in second-place decider
The team with the highest winning record in Championship history was denied victory in its 100th match on the third day of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool.
It was the end of the group stage and Hungary was fighting Australia for second in Group C. It was the closest match of the championship with four tied periods and a man called Richard Campbell denying Hungary what was rightfully its to take.
Water Polo Men: Day 3. USA 8 CAN 7
The incredible North American rivalry between the United States and Canada continued in Barcelona with the USA winning 8-7 and taking second place in Group B. Canada was on the verge of levelling the game when the wing player inexplicably did not shoot for goal, instead passing to the far side of the pool as fulltime sounded.
Canada won the final quarter 4-3 and looked the better team but the gap appeared too much to bridge.
Water Polo Men: Day 3: CRO 18 RSA 0
Croatia outplayed South Africa 18-0 to win Group B with three victories. It was the first time that a zero game was registered but when you put amateur players against Olympic champions, it makes it a hard task.
Probably the best shot at a South Africa goal and a movement that had the large crowd on its feet was when Etienne Le Roux countered and shot into the outstretched arms of Croatian goalkeeper Marko Bijac. The crowd was unsated, Le Roux talked to Bijac and they both patted each other on the shoulder.
Water Polo Men: Day 3: MNE 23 NZL 1
Montenegro completely outplayed a youthful New Zealand 23-1 for a second win in Group A. The Montenegrins showed the Kiwis just how to play the game at speed and punished poor attacks with vicious counter attacks for easy goals.
Later in the game New Zealand tightened up defence somewhat and limited the potent attack. However, at times, defenders found themselves stranded and an early tackle on a player was not followed through, allowing the attacker to emerge with the ball and score.
Water Polo Men: Day 3: GER 9 ROU 8
Germany held out a fast-finishing Romania 9-8 for second place in Group D, leaving the Romanians winless at the end of the preliminary round. Germany had the game intact at 7-3 by halftime before the Romanians found some symmetry within the team.
Petru Ianc found himself free at the from, had his first shot spat back at him by Morita Schenkel and then scored for 7-4 three minutes into the third period. Andrei Busila scored after the extra-man 20 seconds for 7-5. Paul Schueler responded for 8-5 from the top to close the third.
Water Polo Men: Day 3: ITA 12 KAZ 6
Unbeaten Italy won Group D, turning a 6-2 halftime lead into a 12-6 victory over Kazakhstan, a team it has now beaten seven times on the elite world stage. Five of those appearances Italy won with 13 goals so the average has changed little against a team that went into the match with a win against Romania and a one-goal loss to Germany.
Italy held sway in the opening stages and led 4-0, thanks to a pair of goals by centre forward Matteo Aicardi and master blaster Pietro Figlioli.
Water Polo Men: Day 3: HUN 9 AUS 9
Officials had to drag out the rule book to decide the real winner between Hungary and Australia in their 9-9 encounter before deciding Hungary won second place in Group B on a fourth tie-break.
What a match this was — the 100th World Championship match for each team —with no team being separated in the four quarters. Probably what did separate the teams was the extra-man-attack situation where Hungary converted five from seven. The Aussie Sharks managed three from three, only the second time this tournament that a team has done 100 percent, following China’s four from four this morning.
Water Polo Men: Day 3: SRB 16 CHN 9
Serbia walked into the next round with three victories, beating a stubborn China 16-9 in their Group C encounter. While Serbia would be expected to win comfortably, Rick Azevedo, China’s coach from the USA, seems have steeled the team into a more cohesive unit, utilising its tremendous firepower.
China worked hard until the end of the game, especially against such a powerful team like Serbia. China’s brand of water polo is infectious, as different as it is from Serbia’s.
USA, Hungary, Russia and Australia win women’s water polo groups
Olympic champion United States of America, Hungary, Russia and Australia have won their groups on the third day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool.
The match of the day was undoubtedly the clash between Russia and the Netherlands. From 7-3 ahead in the second quarter, Russia looked unbeatable but the dogged efforts of Netherlands led to a revival that levelled the match at 7-7 early in the third quarter. Russia took charge again, then the Dutch levelled at 10-10, 11-11 and finally 12-12 inside the final minute — the final score.
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