Russell McKinnon, FINA Media Committee

Budapest, Hungary, July 17.— Canada snatched an 8-all draw with Montenegro with the last four goals in the opening-day Group A match of men’s water polo at the FINA World Championships at the Alfred Hajos Pool here today.

It was the highlight of the first session with Canada needing four consecutive goals to level with Montenegro. Brazil beat Kazakhstan 6-2 in the other match of the group.

In Group B, Italy defeated France 18-9 in a heavy-fouling match in which a staggering 13 extra-man goals were scored. The highlight for the fans was Hungary's 13-3 victory over Australia, with a 6-0 final quarter.

In Group C, Greece wasted a three-goal lead against Spain before winning 8-7, 80 seconds from time. Serbia took top spot with a cruisy 21-5 win over South Africa.

In Group D, Croatia sent off United States of America 12-7 and Russia romped home over Japan 15-8.

Today's programme:

Match 1. 09:30, Group A, BRAZIL 6 KAZAKHSTAN 2

 Match 2, 10.50, Group A, MONTENEGRO 8 CANADA 8

Match 3, 12:10, Group B, FRANCE 9 ITALY 18

Match 5. 13:30, Group C, SPAIN 7 GREECE 8

Match 6. 17:30, Group C, SERBIA 21 SOUTH AFRICA 5

Match 7, 18:50, Group D, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 7 CROATIA 12

Match 4, 20.10, Group B, AUSTRALIA 3 HUNGARY 13

Match 8. 21:30, Group D, JAPAN 8 RUSSIA 15

 

Progress points:

Group A: Brazil 2, Canada 1, Montenegro 1,Kazakhstan 0.

Group B: Hungary 2, Italy 2, France 0, Australia 0.

Group C: Serbia 2, Greece 2, Spain 0, South Africa.

Group D: Russia 2, Croatia 2, USA 0, Japan 0.