WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tourn., Day 5: Australia wins shootout, will face Brazil in final
Day 5 at the FINA WPWL Men’s Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California, was riveting, tension-filled – perhaps even ulcer-inducing – because three of the four games (including both semifinals) were tied late in the fourth quarter.
One went to a shootout. (Australia beat the US, 17-16, on the final save to advance to the championship game.) Another came down to the last second. (Japan beat Canada, 11-10, when Keigo Okawa whipped in a time-expiring goal that rendered the Canadian coach speechless and his players distraught.) And another saw a rookie mistake lead to a game-winning penalty shot in the final 1:10 (as Brazil beat China 14-12 to advance to Saturday’s final).
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.
WPWL Men's Intercontinental Tourn., Day 2: Canada and Australia stay undefeated; the U.S. and Brazil also win
On Day 2 of the FINA Men’s Intercontinental Tournament in Newport Beach, California, Canada blew out Argentina, 15-6, to remain undefeated. Australia also beat Kazakhstan, 13-7, to maintain its perfect winning record in the competition.
Meanwhile, Brazil and the US earned their first victories. Brazil beat China, 12-9, and led from start to finish. China had 12 chances to score with a man advantage – and did so seven times – but it wasn’t enough to catch the 2016 Olympic host. The US also found its rhythm to beat Japan, 10-6 (after losing to Canada on Monday) – in a duel of opposing styles.
WPWL Men's Intercontinental Tourn., Day 1: Australia, Kazakhstan, Japan, Canada win opening matches
Eight nations from three continents produced high drama in the opening night of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Tournament at Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California. With an average of 21 goals scored per game, and all four games sandwiched back to back (with a colourful yet concise Opening Ceremony after the third match) the action never seemed to ebb.
The night began with the back-and-forth domination of Australia and Brazil (in a match that Australia ultimately won, 13-10) and ended when a young U.S. team barely fell to Canada 10-9. In between, Kazakhstan topped China 10-9, and Japan overtook Argentina 14-9.
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