Dean Bauer, FINA Press Correspondent in Croatia

Game 8, 9:00, Japan – Spain, 17-23
Quarters: 6-3, 2-7, 4-7, 5-6
Referees: William Mackay (Canada) and Haldun Toygarli (Turkey)

JAPAN: Towa Nishimura, Yuto Abo 1, Shimpel Omoto , Harukirario Koppu 2, Fuya Kawamoto 1, Yuki Takada, Kaname Tanaka 2, Toi Suzuki 1, Ikkei Nitta 2, Yusuke Inaba 7, Tobias Martenes.
Coach: Takahisa Minami
SPAIN: Javier Benavides,  Alvaro Garcia, Pablo Gomez 2, Josep Puig 1, Jose Mario Tenorio, Jordi Chico 1, Marc Salvador 1, Alvaro Granados 10, Oriol Rodriguez 5, Nikolas Paul 3, Oriol Albacete.
Coach: Mario Garcia
Japan 4 for 7
Spain  2 for 3

Japan: 2 for 3
Spain: 1 for 1
Spain won at the end with a convincing 23-17, but new water polo rules are clearly tailored to a team like Japan, swimming very fast and shooting on goal quite ofetn. The Japanese had a very promising first period (6-3), but couldn’t keep the same rhythm in the second and third period. However, a better Spanish team resolved the match in their favour and secured victory. Alvaro Granados was the most prolific player, scoring 10 goals. Many experts foresee to him a great career.

Game 9, 10:20, Egypt – South Africa, 15-6
Quarters: 4-3, 0-0, 6-2, 5-1
Referees: Andreas Hasper (Colombia) and John Waldow (New Zealand)

EGYPT: Omar Hariry, Abdallah Elsherbiny 2, Youssif Ali, Mohamed Elbehary 2, Karim Kassem, Karim Saleh 2, Ahmed Ayman, Mohanad Elashqr 3, Ahmed Khaled 3, Saifelden Hesham 3, Marawan Reda.
Coach: Arsharaf  Mansour
SOUTH AFRICA: Keegan Clark, Michael Stewart 2, Tristan Fin, Caleb Simpson, Kegan Aiken, Sven Van Zyl 1, Malcolm Mc Callum 1, Mathew Hamilton 1, Dylan Cronje 1, Sebastien Bidoli, Thomas, Eichner.
Coach: Andrew, Stewart.

Egypt 4 for 8
South Africa: 3 for 5

Egypt: -
South Africa: -
The match between Egypt and South Africa will be remembered by the fact that in spite of new rules, which significantly accelerate the game and raise efficiency, players of both teams managed to remain at zero goals during the entire second period... Egypt eventually won in a convincing way, while South Africa recorded its second defeat in Podgorica.

Game 10, 11:40, Brazil – Italia, 9-18
Quarters: 2-7, 3-4, 2-4, 2-3
Referees: George Polychronopoulos (Greece) and Damir Temyrkhanov (Kazakhstan)

BRASIL: Joao Fernandez, Vinicius Henrique Pessin 4, Luis Ricardo Silva 1, Gabriel Poci, Eduardo Lopez, Enriko De Munno, Rafael Real 3, Alexandre Kerkis, Marcos Paolo Pedroso 1, Mateus Stellet, Alexandre Mendes.
Coach: Angelo Koelho
ITALIY: Gianmaco Nicosia, Gaetano Baviera 2, Filippo Gavazzi, Alessio Navarra 1, Mario Guidi, Antonio Maccioni 3, Federico Piombo 1, Eddardo Manzi 6, Ettore Novara 3, Massimo Di Martire 2, Francesco De Michelis.
Coach: Cosimino Di Cecca.
Brasil  3 for 9
Italy: 6 for 12

Brasil: -
Italy: -

Italy’s decisive advantage was built up in the first quarter when they gained an advantage of five goals. Again, it was the day of Eddardo Manzi. The young Italian player had scored 7 goals against Montenegro the day before, and now, on Day 2 of the World Championships, Manzi successfully hit the Brazilian net on 6 occasions. In the remaining three periods of the match, Brazil was a solid rival, but they could not seriously threaten a much better team of Italy. The match between Italy and Hungary will probably decide the winner of Group B.
Game 11, 13:00, Serbia – Croatia, 15-13
Quarters: 6-3, 3-4, 3-3, 3-3
Referees: Joan Colominas (Spain) and Vladimir Golikov (Russia)

SERBIA: Stefan Todorovski, Lazar Vickovic 3, Vladan Mitrovic, Nikola Lukic 1, Luka Bosic 1, Petar Velikic 1, Djordje Vučinić 2, Petar Tomic 2, Marko Jankovic 5, Kristijan Sulc, Milan Bulajic.
Coach: Zoran Milenkovic.
CROATIA: Luka Podrug, Ivan Krolo, Karlo Krekovic, Branimir Herceg, Zvonimir Butic, Jacob Mercep 2, Duje Pejković 6, Franko Lazic 2, Lovro Paparic 2, Matias Biljaka 1, Petar Bratim.
Coach: Josko Krekovic.
Serbia  6 for 11
Croatia: 6 for 14

Serbia: 1 for1
Croatia:  1 for1
Serbia beat Croatia in one of the two derby-matches of Day 2, one which will probably decide the first position in Group D. Serbian victory was much due to a much better game during the first period. In that quarter, Serbia gained a three-goal advantage and preserved the lead until the end. The Serbian team scored three goals from classic counterattack, one from penalty-shot, in the first period, which was enough to decide the winner. The Croatian team still has a lot of problems in man-up or extra-man situation.
"Serbia caught us inattentive and quickly gained the advantage. We tried afterwards to catch up, but we did not succeed. Maybe it's better that they won today than in the final," said Duje Pejkovic, best Croatian scorer with 6 goals.
On the other side, Serbian player Milan Bulajic considered after the match: "We have started the match very well, very strong and the advantage was wisely preserved throughout the game. We have answered to every attempt of Croats to get close to us. Our goal in Podgorica is of course the first place, so this match is only one of many on the way to achieving the target".

Game 12, 17:00, USA – China, 22-4
Quarters: 7-2, 7-1, 6-1, 2-0
Referees: Alberto Rovida (Italy) and Petar Abramovic (Montenegro)

USA: Samuel Krutonog, Hannes Daube 6, Marko Vavic 4, Chasen Travisano 1, Quinten Osborne 3, Jacob Cavano, Ashworth Molthen 1, Felix Brozyna-Vilim 2, Jacob Ehrhardt 4, Dylan Woodhead 1, Samuel Murphy.
Coach: Alexander Rodriguez
CHINA: Jun Jing Wang, Bei Yi Wang, Jin Peng Zhang, Yingji Gao 1, Wei Tang 2, Yi Lu, Wen Jian Luo, Xing Meng He, Ding Song Shen, Bo Ren She 1, Chi Liao.
Coach: Ling Jun Mao
USA  6 for 8
China: 0 for 9

USA: 1 for 1
China: 1 for 1

In their first match at the 3rd FINA World Youth Championships, American water polo players “blew away" the Chinese side and achieved one of the biggest victories for now in Podgorica. A curiosity is the fact that Chinese players didn't score even one goal in nine man-up situations.

Game 13, 18:20, Canada – Russia, 9-15
Quarters: 1-4, 3-5, 5-4, 0-2
Referees: Stephen O'Brien (Ireland) and Nicholas Hodgres (Australia)

CANADA: Aleksa Stanic, Gareth Jones, Alexis Reiher, Robert-Martyn Fraser 1, Benjamin Lemay –Lavoie, Mark Spooner, Reuel D'Souza 6, Blake Carnevale 1, Jake Morris, Bogdan Djerkovic 1, Brody McKnight.
Coach: Andrew Muir
RUSSIA: Vladimir Andreev, Bogdan Melentev 4, Oleg Kucherenko, Emil Zinnurov 2, Kirill Semenov, Danill Pronin 3, Farkhad Salimov, Konstantin Sheikin 2, Nikita Krug 1, Timur Shaikhutdinov 3, Dmitrii Trusov.
Coach: Alexander Eryshov
Canada  3 for 8
Russia: 3 for 9

Canada: 1 for 1
Russia: -
Russian national team won Canada, but they didn't 'shine'. Canadians have even won the third period in their favour, and this part of the game was marked by a penalty shot, which was shot twice by Reuel D'Souza: Russian goalie Vladimir Andreev defended his shot the first time, but referees repeated the penalty-shot. On his second attempt, D'Souza has successfully found the Russian net.

Game 14, 19:40, Kazakhstan– Greece, 4-21
Quarters: 1-4, 1-6, 1-5, 1-6
Referees: Yosuke Kajiwara (Japan) and Diego Garibaldi (Argentina)

KAZAKHSTAN: Vladislav Kolesnik, Stanislav Shvedov 3, Zhandos Akhamaev, Vitaliy Tarabanko, Vadim Kireev, Sergey Bogomolov, Klimentiy Zlobin, Olzhas Satpayev 1, Ruslan Akhmetov, Sultan Šhonžhigitov, Paval Lipilin.
Coach: Dmitriy Khodzinskiy
GREECE: Adamanttios Mantis,  Konstantinos Chondrokolikis, Nikolaos Gradikas 2, Konstantinos Kakaris, Dimitrios Nikolaidis 7, Alexandros Papanastrasiou 3, Geiorgios Gkikas 3, Polymeris Prosiniklis 2, Konstantinos Gkiouvetsis 2, Nikolas Papasifakis 2, Dimitrios Kourouvanis.
Coach: Theodoros Hatzitheodorou
Kazakhstan  0 for 4
Grece: 4 for 6

Kazakhstan: -
Grece: 1 for 1

In all aspects of the game Greece defeated Kazakhstan and won new points in the World Championships. Greeks played great in defence and they have a lot of excellent forward players, so Kazakhstan could not threaten a much better rival. Greece is for sure one candidate for a top-position in this tournament.

Game 15, 21:00, Montenegro– Hungary, 16-14
Quarters: 4-2, 3-3, 6-4, 3-5
Referees: Josko Prancic (Croatia) and Andrej Laginja (Slovenija)

MONTENEGRO: Petar Tesanovic, Branko Franeta 1, Savo Cetkovic 2, Nicolas Saveljic 3, Dusan Matkovic, Danilo Dragovic, Aleksa Ukropina 4, Petar Mijuskovic 2, Djuro Radovic 3, Dušan Banicevic 1, Milos Krivokapic.
Coach: Veljko Uskokovic.
HUNGARY: Gabor Leposa, Larand Zernvary, Balazs Kosa, Viktor Vadovics 2, Abel Lukacs, Peter Sugar 1, Gergo Fekete 5, Andras Teleki, Adam Nagy 4, Gergely Burian 2, Marc Banyai.
Coach: Gyorgy Horkai
Montenegro 7 for 11
Hungary: 6 for 10
Montenegro: 1 for 1
Hungary: 1 for 1
In another derby-match on Day 2 at the FINA World Youth Championships in Podgorica and also last game of the Saturday programme, home team of Montenegro defeated Hungary 16-14 and made a big step towards winning the first place in the group. Montenegro led from the start and was always in control of operations, managing to have a six-goal advantage (11-5) in the middle of the third period. However, strong and persistent Hungarians were back in the game, and with 3:22 minutes to the end, Gerhely Burian score a goal to 14-13. In the following two actions, the attack of Montenegro led by Petar Mijuskovic and Djuro Radovic resolved the final score.
"We went into the match the way we had agreed: very quickly, imposing our rhythm and gaining a huge advantage. However, Hungarians still managed to come back in the game, but did not have enough power for one more step further," said Nikolas Saveljic, three-goal scorer for Montenegro.
Hungarian national coach, Gyorgy Horkai believes that Montenegro deservedly won: "We have made a lot of mistakes in defence, especially in the first part of the match. Montenegro has imposed its own rhythm and deserved to win," said Horkai.


Group A
Greece 4, Russia 4, Kazakhstan 0, Colombia 0, Japan 0.

Group B
Italy 3, Montenegro 3, Hungary 0, Brazil 0

Group C
Japan 2, Egypt 2, Australia 2, Spain 2, South Africa 0

Group D
Serbia 4, USA 2, Croatia 2, New Zealand 0, China 0