WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 4: Brazil, USA, China, Australia make Semis
A major upset came early as eight teams battled for semifinal berths on Day 4 of the FINA Men’s World League Intercontinental tournament in Newport Beach, California.
In what should have been a lopsided quarterfinal between China (who hadn’t won a game) and Canada (who hadn’t lost one), China took a massive 6-1 lead in the first period and defeated the North Americans, 11-10. The upset not only set up China’s semifinal meeting with Brazil (who beat Japan 11-8), but it also gave China automatic entry into the FINA World League Super Final in Italy in late June.
WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 3: Group play ends, quarterfinals set
Day 3 at the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California, was crucial because it set up Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Although the tournament concludes on Saturday, the teams that win on Thursday will automatically advance to the FINA World League Super Final in Bergamo, Italy, from June 23-28.
In Group A, Canada earned the top ranking with a 20-10 victory over Japan to remain undefeated. The US ranked No. 2 after beating Argentina, 19-8, in group play despite a tight first period. That left Japan ranked third with one victory and two losses. Argentina, in fourth, had three losses.