Dean Bauer, FINA Press Correspondent in Croatia

Game 44, 9:00, 16th-19th place, Colombia - South Africa, 13-14
Quarters: 2-1, 2-6, 2-2, 4-1, penalty shoot-outs: 3-4
Referees: Yosuke Kajiwara (Japan) and Stephen O'Brien (Ireland)

COLOMBIA: Huan Diego Hidalgo, Simon Buitrago 2, Huan Manuel Forunda,  Hose Manuel Rueda, Santiago Cuervo, Luis Felipe Aranda, Sebastian Munoz 2, Santiago Orozco 6, Emanuel Hurtado, Andres Felipe Mora, Manuel Quintero.
Coach: Bladimir Molina
SOUTH AFRICA: Keegan Clark, Keagan Aiken 1, Tristan Fin, Caleb Simpson 1, Wanye Phillips, Sven Van Zyl 1, Malcolm Mc Callum, 2 Mathew Hamilton 1, Dylan Cronje 4, Sebastian Bidoli, Thomas, Eichner.
Coach: Andrew Stewart.
Colombia: 1 for 6
South Africa: 1 for 5

Colombia:  -
South Africa:-

Thanks to goals from Santiago Orozco, Sebastian Munoz and Simon Buitrago in the last 71 seconds (!) of the match, Colombia managed to equalise at 10-10. So, the winner were decided through penalty-shootouts. South Africa was more successful and won in the end with a total score of 14-13.


Game 45, 10:20, 13th-16th place, China – Brazil, 7-21
Quarters: 3-5, 0-6, 1-5, 3-5
Referees: Andreas Hasper (Colombia) and Humberto Navarro (USA)

CHINA: Jun Jing Wang, Bei Yi Wang 2, Yun Tian Wang 1, Ying Yi Gao 1, Wei Tang, Yi Lu 1, Bo Ren She 1, Xing Meng He1, Ding Song Shen,  Chi Liao, Wen Jian Luo.
Coach: Ling Jun Mao
BRASIL: Joao Fernandez, Vinicius Henrique Pessin 1, Luis Ricardo Silva 1, Gabriel Poci 2, Eduardo Lopez, Enrico de Munno, Rafael Real 11, Alexandre Kerkis, Marcos Paolo Pedroso 3, Mateus Stellet 3, Alexandre Mendes.
Coach: Angelo Koelho
China: 0 for 5
Brazil:  5 for 9

China:  -
Brazil: 2 – 2

The match between China and Brazil was marked again by Brazilian player Rafael Real, who scored 11 goals and set a “record” at the Youth Water Polo Championship in Podgorica.


Game 46, 11:40, 13th-16th place, Kazakhstan – Egypt, 7-13
Quarters: 1-2, 1-3, 1-5, 4-3
Referees: Marco Da Silva (Brazil) and Michael Batty (South Africa)

KAZAKHSTAN: Vladislav Kolesnik, Stanislav Shvedov 2, Zhandos Akhamaev, Vitaliy Tarabanko, Vadim Kireev, Sergey Bogomolov 2, Klimentiy Zlobin, Olzhas Satpayev, Ruslan Akhmetov 3, Sultan Shonzhigitov, Paval Lipilin.
Coach: Dmitriy Khodzinskiy
EGYPT: Omar Hariry, Abdallah Elsherbiny, Youssif Ali 1, Mohamed Elbehary 1, Karim Kassem 2, Karim Saleh 1, Ahmed Ayman 1, Mohanad Elashqr 2, Ahmed Khled 2, Saifelden Hesham 3, Marawan Reda.
Coach: Arsharaf  Mansour
Kazakhstan: 5 for 12
Egypt:  3 for 7

Kazakhstan: -
Egypt:  0 for 2
Egypt has convincingly won Kazakhstan, a team that only gave some “resistance” in the last quarter, proving that the uneven result was perhaps not so justified.


Game 47, 13:00, 9th-12th place, USA – Japan, 16-13
Quarters: 3-4, 2-3, 4-1, 4-5, penalty shoot-outs: 3-0
Referees: George Polychronopoulos (Greece) and Nicholas Hodgres (Australia)

USA: Samuel Krutonog, Hannes Daube 2, Marko Vavic 4, Chasen Travisano, Ashworth Molthen 3, Jacob Cavano, Denis Blyashov, Felix Brozyna-Vilim 2, Jacob Ehrhardt 2, Dylan Woodhead , Samuel Murphy.
Coach: Alexander Rodriguez
JAPAN: Towa Nishimura, Yuto Abo 2, Shimpel Omoto, Harukirario Koppu, Fuya Kawamoto, Yuki Takada, Kaname Tanaka 3, Toi Suzuki 4, Ikkei Nitta 1, Yusuke Inaba 3, Tobias Martenes.
Coach: Takahisa Minami
USA: 3 for 3
Japan:  1 for 1

USA: 1 for 1
Japan:  -

With only three minutes to the end of the match, Japanese had a lead of 13-10 against the favourite team of USA, but with two goals of Jacob Ehrhardt and one by Mark Vavic (at 13 seconds before the end), the Americans equalised, so the match eventually went to penalty shoot-outs. Then, American goalkeeper Samuel Murphy became the hero of the match. Murphy saved shots of Yuto Abo and Ikkei Nita, while Yusuke Inaba hit a post.

Game 48, 14:20,  9th-12th place, Canada – Spain, 12-18
Quarters: 3-5, 0-4, 5-4, 4-5
Referees: Anlong Meng (China) and Ivan Rakovic (Serbia)

CANADA: Aleksa Stanic, Gareth Jones 2, Alexis Reiher 2, Robert-Martyn Fraser, Benjamin Lemay-Lavoie 1, Mark Spooner 1, Reuel D'Souza 4, Blake Carnevale 1, Jake Morris 1, Bogdan Djerković, Brody McKnight.
Coach: Andrew Muir
SPAIN: Javier Benavides, Alvaro Garcia 3, Pablo Gomez 1, Hose Mario Tenorio 2, Josu Fernandez 1, Jordi Chico 1, Marc Salvador 1, Alvaro Granados 6, Oriol Rodriguez 3, Bernat Sanahuja, Oriol Albacete.
Coach: Mario Garcia
Canada: 6 for 11
Spain: 8  for 12

Canada: for
Spain:  1 for 1

There were not many surprises in the duel between Canada and Spain. The Iberian team controlled operations and was decisively helped by the top scorer of the World Championship, Alvaro Granados (40 goals overall, six goals in this match).


Game 49, 17:00, Quarter-finals: Greece - Hungary 17-18
Quarters: 4-3, 2-4, 4-5, 5-3, penalty shoot-outs: 2-3
Referees: Vladimir Golikov (Russia) and Andrej Lagina (Slovenia)

GREECE: Adamanttios Mantis,  Polymeris Prosiniklis, Nikolaos Gardikas 2, Konastantinos Kakaris, Dimitrios Nikolaidis 3, Alexandros Papanastrasiou 1, Grigorios Giannopoulos 5, Nikolaos Delagrammatikas, Konstantinos Gkiouvetsis 2, Nikolas Papasifakis 2, Dimitrios Kourouvanis.
Coach: Theodoros Chatzitheodorou
HUNGARY: Gabor Leposa, Larand Zernvary, Balazs Kosa 1, Viktor Vadovics 6, Abel Lukacs, Peter Sugar, Gergo Fekete 2, Andras Teleki 1, Adam Nagy 4, Gergely Burian 1, Marc Banyai.
Coach: Gyorgy Horkai
Greece: 4 for 4
Hungary:  4 for 9

Greece: 3 for 3
Hungary:  -
In a dramatic game, Hungary won Greece after a decisive penalty shoot-out session and advanced to the semi-finals. The Hellenic side had perfectly opened the match. After the first three minutes, they were leading by 3-0 but... not for a long time. Until the end of this period, Hungarians returned to the game. The second period started well for the Magyar team, but shortly after the beginning of this quarter heavy rain and thunderstorm started at Podgorica. The referees stopped the match exactly 2.56 minutes before the end of the period with the result of 6-5 for Hungary. After a 35-minute break, Hungarians were still better and gained an advantage of two goals (9-7). Greece tied at 9-9, but still at the end of the third period, the Hungarian team scored three goals in a row (Fekete, Wadowice and Nadgy) for a 12-9 advantage. In the last period - drama! The Greeks, carried by Montenegrin fans equalised at 12-12.
Adam Nagy and Gyorgy Burian scored for 14-12 to Hungary, but Greeks did not give up and equalised one more time. Fekete scored (15-14) for Hungary and then, culmination. Nikolaos Gardikas in a man-up situation scored with only two seconds before the end, 15-15! Hungarian head coach Horkai asked for a time out, but Adam Nagy shoots directly from the centre and scores a goal! The referees cancelled the goal as no one touched the ball. After the penalty shoot-out, Hungary passed to semi-finals.
"It was a very dramatic match in which everything happened. A wonderful water polo drama, with plenty of twists and turns, and even a strong thunderstorm. In the end we were lucky and won," considered Hungarian player Peter Sugar.
In the Greek team they were not so happy: "Very hard match. The luckier team won, but we did not deserve to fall out," said Grigorios Giannopoulos.

Game 50, 18:20, Quarter-finals, Australia – Croatia, 13-14
Quarters: 4-6, 3-1, 5-4, 1-3
Referees: Alberto Rovida (Italy) and Haldun Toygarli (Turkey)

AUSTRALIA: Damian Williams, Samuel Nangle 2, Charles Negus, Nicholas Elphick 5, Timothy Putt, Lachalan Vos 1, Luckas Mackaway, Chaz Poot 3, Jed Thompson 2, Christian Kyriakou, Nicholas Porter.
Coach: Andrei Kovalenko
CROATIA: Luka Podrug, Branimir Herceg 1, Karlo Krekovic, Marko Valecic, Zvonimir Butic 1, Jacob Mercep, Duje Pejkovic 3, Franko Lazic 6, Lovro Paparic 2, Matias Biljaka 1, Petar Bratim.
Coach: Josko Krekovi
Australia: 5 for 10
Croatia:  8 for 15

Australia: -
Croatia:   -

Significantly more difficult than expected, Croatia qualified to the semi-finals of the FINA World Youth Championship in Podgorica. The winning goal for Croatia was scored by Duje Pejkovic with 53 seconds before the end. The Croats led for most of the first three periods, excluding an initial 1-0 for Australia. There was even a two-goal advantage for Croatia, but problems started before the end of the third period. A very aggressive defence from Australia (four of its players had three personal fouls), constantly blocking the Croatian attack, resulted in a certain nervousness in the Balkan side. Only two and a half minutes before the end of the third period, Australia had an advantage of two-goals (11-9). In the last minute of this quarter, 12-10. Then, rang the alarm for Croatia! In the last period, Croatian players started to play with more solid defence and more efficiency in attack, which firstly resulted in a tie (12-12), and four minutes before the end of the match in a Croatian lead (13-12), thanks to a goal by Franko Lazic. However, Australia managed once again to equalise (13-13), but then came the final shot of Duje Pejkovic for the Croatian victory. In the last few minutes, Australia had no longer substitutes on the bench because under the new rules which are being applied in this competition, each team has only 11 (and not 13) available players.
"It was not easy. A tight game until the very end, but we won which is the most important. Our goal here is to get the gold and we are well on the way," said Croatian head coach Josko Krekovic.
Andrej Kovalenko, coach of Australia, also commented the match: "We made a lot of mistakes in the end. We had the game under our control, we also had a lead, but we physically failed. That was decisive for this outcome".


Game 51, 18:20, Quarter-finals, Serbia – Italy, 12-14
Quarters: 3-1, 4-4, 2-1, 0-3, penalty shoot-out: 3-5
Referees: Joan Colominas (Spain) and Balazs Szekely (Hungary)

SERBIA: Milan Bulajic, Petar Tomic, Petar Velikic, Djordje Vucinic, Marko Jankovic, Lazar Vickovic, Luka Bosic, Nikola Lukic, Kristijan Sulc, Vladan Mitrovic, Stefan Todorovski.
Coach: Zoran Milenkovic
ITALY: Gianmaco Nicosia, Gaetano Baviera 1, Filippo Gavazzi 1, Alessio Navarra, Mario Guidi, Antonio Maccioni 1, Federico Piombo, Eddardo Manzi 1 Ettore Novara 1, Massimo Di Martire 4, Francesco De Michelis.
Coach: Cosimino Di Cecca.
Serbia: 0 for 3
Italy:  0 for 3

Serbia: -
Italy:   -

Big surprise in Podgorica! And achieved by the young Settebello! Italy is in the semi-finals after they won favourite Serbia who was leading for most of the match. Entering into the last eight minutes, Serbia had a 9-6 advantage but Italians knew what they wanted. Showing a great fighting spirit as well as goals by Massimo Di Martire (twice) and by Gaetano Baviera (2.40 before the end), Italy came to penalties, where they had more precision than Serbs.
"We have missed a great opportunity, we had a big advantage and we let victory to escape from our hands. Italy was very persistent and luckier than us tonight and they will play in the semi-finals. We made some mistakes that we hadn't done in the earlier stages of the competition," said Zoran Milenkovic, Serbian head coach.
"We deserved this victory, we deserve being in the semi-final! My players were excellent, especially in the last period of the game, so I congratulate them on the win,“ considered Italian coach Cosimino Di Cecca.


Game 52, 21:00, Quarter-finals, Montenegro – Russia, 14-11
Quarters: 3-3, 4-3, 3-2, 4-3
Referees: John Waldow (New Zealand) and Diego Garibaldi (Argentina)

MONTENEGRO: Petar Tesanovic, Branko Franeta 3, Savo Cetkovic 1, Nicolas Saveljic 4, Dusan Matkovic, Danilo Dragovic, Aleksa Ukropina 3, Petar Mijusković,Djuro Radovic 2, Dusan Banicevic 1, Milos Krivokapic.
Coach: Veljko Uskokovic.
RUSSIA: Vladimir Andreev, Bogdan Melentev 1, Oleg Kucherenko, Emil Zinnurov, Kirill Semenov, Danill Pronin 3, Farkhad Salimov 2, Konstantin Sheikin 3, Nikita Krug, Timur Shaikhutdinov 2, Dmitrii Trusov.
Coach: Alexander Eryshov
Montenegro: 7 for 11
Russia:  1 for 9

Montenegro: -
Russia: -

To the difference of the other three matches, the last quarter-final game, in which Montenegro beat Russia 14-11, was very calm. At the end of the second and start of third period, Russians made a 3-0 series and took a 8-7 lead. It seemed that the host team would have a lot of problems, but then the Montenegrins played the way they know. In the following 10 minutes, Montenegro made a 5-0 series and managed an unreachable 12-8 lead, four minutes before the end. Russia didn't have enough strength to return, so Montenegro deservedly reached the semi-finals.
"We have played well and fought like in a final! I am satisfied with the game when we talk about attack, but we need to raise our defence to a higher level," Head coach of Montenegro Veljko Uskokovic said after the match.
"I congratulate Montenegro on a deserved victory and place in the semi-finals," briefly commented Russian coach Alexander Eryshov.


Hungary - Croatia (19:40, CET)
Montenegro - Italy (21:00, CET)