Dean Bauer, FINA Press Correspondent in Croatia

Games 22, 10.00, USA - New Zealand 18-9

Quarters: 5-4, 4-1, 6-3, 3-1

Referees: Josuke Kajiwara (Japan) and Petar Abramovic (Montenegro)

USA: Samuel Krutonog, Hannes Daube 1, Marko Vavic 2, Chasen Travisano 3, Quinten Osborne 3, Jacob Cavano 1, Denis Blyashov 4, Felix Brozyna-Vilim 1, Jacob Ehrhardt 1, Dylan Woodhead 2, Samuel Murphy.

Coach: Alexander Rodriguez
NEW ZEALAND: Christopher Downe, Cayne Dew 1, Jake Morris 1, Justin Pickering, Troy Armstrong 2, Dominic Rankin-Chitar 2, Jake Blundell, Nick Stankovich 3, Cooper Stewart, Ben Fleming, Bae Fountain.
Coach: Goran Sablic.

USA: 5 for 8
New Zealand: -
USA: 4 for 4
New Zealand: 1 for 5

USA's loss the previous day against Croatia did not leave any marks on the team as Day 4 of the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Podgorica (MNE) started with an easy win from the USA playing New Zealand (18-9).
The Americans played fast and efficient, and skillfully used every mistake of their oponents in counter attacks. In Team New Zealand, players couldn't do much facing the much more experienced and skilled Americans.


Games 23, 11.20, China - Croatia 11-23
Quarters: 0-6, 3-6, 3-6, 5-5

Referees: Marco da Silva (Brasil) and Michael Batty (South Africa)

CHINA: Jun Jing Wang, Bei Yi Wang 3, Jun Tian Wang 1, Jin Peng Zhang, Wei Tang 2, Yi Lu 2, Bo Ren She, Xing Meng He 2, Ding Song Shen, Chi Liao 1, Wen Jian Luo.
Coach: Ling Jun Mao
CROATIA: Luka Podrug, Branimir Herceg 4, Karlo Krekovic 2, Marko Valecic 2, Zvonimir Butic 1, Jacob Mercep 5, Luka Bajic 1, Franko Lazic 1, Lovro Paparic 3, Matias Biljaka 4, Petar Bratim.
Coach: Josko Krekovic

China: 3 for 6
Croatia: 5 for 6

China: -
Croatia: -

As expected, Croatia very easily and heavily beat China on Day 4 in Podgorica.
Croatian national team head- coach Josko Krekovic was the most effective players, while the best scorer after the first three rounds was Croatian Duje Pejkovic.
He will be for sure one of the key-figure of the Croatian squad for the next phase of the World Championships when reaching the final rounds.
The 6-0 score after the first 8 minutes of game illustrated very well what the rest of the game would bring.

Games 24, 12.40, Kazakhstan - Colombia 9-11

Quarters: 1-3, 5-3, 1-3, 2:2
Referees: Ayman Haroun (Egypt) and Joan Colominas (Spain)

KAZAKHSTAN: Vladislav Kolesnik, Stanislav Shvedov 2, Zhandos Akhamaev, Vitaliy Tarabanko, Vadim Kireev 1, Sergey Bogomolov 3, Klimentiy Zlobin, Olzhas Satpayev 1, Ruslan Akhmetov 1, Sultan Shonzhigitov 1, Paval Lipilin.
Coach: Dmitriy Khodzinskiy
COLOMBIA: Huan Diego Hidalgo, Simon Buitrago, Huan Manuel Forunda 1, Hose Manuel Rueda 1, Santiago Cuervo 2, Sebastian Munoz 3, Juan Tobon, Santiago Orozco 1, Emanuel Hurtado 2, Andres Felipe Mora 1, Manuel Quintero.
Coach: Bladimir Molina

Kazakhstan: 3 for 2
Colombia: 1 for 8

Kazakhstan: 0-1
Colombia: -

In a clah of two teams who didn't have any victories in the first two matches of the tournament, Colombia finally reached its first victory in Podgorica against Kazakhstan.
Until 7:7, two minutes before the end of third period, there was a close fight, but than Colombian players scored four goals in a row to ensure triumph. In the last 2.25 minutes of the match, Kazahkstan only managed to score twice and mitigate the defeat to a 9-11 final score.

Games 25, 17.00, Greece - Russia 14-11
Quarters: 4-2, 6-3, 2-5, 2-1

Referees: Balasz Szekely (Hungary) and Alberto Rovida (Italia)


GREECE: Adamanttios Mantis, Konstantinos Chondrokolikis, Nikolaos Gradikas 7, Polymeris Prosiniklis, Dimitrios Nikolaidis 2, Alexandros Papanastrasiou, Grigorios Giannopoulos 1, Nikolaos Delagrammatikas 1, Konstantinos Gkiouvetsis 2, Nikolas Papasifakis 1, Dimitrios Kourouvanis.
Coach: Theodoros Chatzitheodorou
RUSSIA: Vladimir Andreev, Bogdan Melentev 2, Oleg Kucherenko 2, Emil Zinnurov 1, Kirill Semenov, Danill Pronin 1, Farkhad Salimov, Konstantin Sheikin 4, Nikita Krug 1, Timur Shaikhutdinov, Dmitrii Trusov.
Coach: Alexander Eryshov

Greece: 5 for 7
Russia: 5 for 10

Greece: 3 for 3
Russia: -

Greece offered a game that was more convincing than the final result (14-11).
Greece beat Russia in a pretty consistent game.
The Greek players led by five goals by the end of the second quarter already. The game was quickly decided.
Nikolaos Gradikas from Greece scored seven goals and remained the unsolvabled enigma for the Russian defense throughout the match.

Games 26, 18.20, Italy - Hungary 13-16
Quarters: 3-3, 2-4, 5-4, 3-5

Referees: Josko Prancic (Croatia) and Andrej Laginja (Slovenia)

ITALIA: Gianmaco Nicosia, Gaetano Baviera, Filippo Gavazzi, Alessio Navarra, Mario Guidi 1, Antonio Maccioni 1, Federico Piombo, Eddardo Manzi 2, Ettore Novara 4, Massimo Di Martire 5, Francesco De Michelis.
Coach: Cosimino Di Cecca.
HUNGARY: Gabor Leposa, Larand Zernvary, Balazs Kosa 2, Viktor Vadovics 3, Abel Lukacs, Peter Sugar, Gergo Fekete, Andras Teleki 2, Adam Nagy 5, Gergely Burian 4, Marc Banyai.
Coach: Gyorgy Horkai


Italia: 7 for 13
Hungary: 8 for 12

Italija: -
Hungary: -

In the most interesting match of Day 4 in Podgorica, Hungary eventually defeated Italy 16-13. For the Italians it was theirs first lost at FINA Youth World Championships.
Following this result between Hungary and Italy, home-team of Montenegro is almost certainly the winner of Group B. Montenegro have to play again on Tuesday against Brasil whose players lost the first two matches against Italy and Hungary.
The winners of Monday's derby was decided in the last minutes of the match. Hungary kept the lead throughout most of the game, except for a short period of time in the first quarter when Edoardo Manzzi scored for Italy 3:2. During the second period Hungary had two goals lead 6:4 and 7:5, but then in the first two minutes of the third period Andras Teleki and Viktor Vadovics scored for even 9:5 Hungary lead. At that time, almoust everyone at Podgorica outdoor pool Moraca thought this would be the end.
But, not the Italians! They managed to equalize to 9:9 by three goals of Massimo Di Martire and one by Antonio Maccioni. Only 2.14 minutes to the end of the third period, both teams were at the start.
In the last period, Hungary had one more time two goals lead (13:11) but Ettore Novara by action shot scored 13:12. 30 seconds before the end the Hungarians scored two more goals (Adam Nagy and Balazs Kosa) which were enough for Hungray's victory.

"We played a good match, conducted in the pool everything we have agreed in the locker room. We deserved this victory and showed our great form, and rising shape" - said the best player of the match, Adam Nagy, who scored 4 goals.

Italy's best game in the tournament, so far was played on the first day against Montenegro.

"I'm not satisfied with the result of course, but first of all how we played against Hungary. The defense made too many mistakes" - said Italian national head coach Ferdinando Pesci.

Games 27, 19.40, Egypt - Australia 6-15
Quarters: 1-3, 3-3, 1-5, 1-4

Referees: Vladimir Golikov (Russia) and Humberto Navarro (USA)

EGYPT: Omar Hariry, Abdallah Elsherbiny 2, Youssif Ali, Mohamed Elbehary 1, Karim Loay 1, Karim Kassem, Karim Saleh, Ahmed Ayman 2, Mohanad Elashqr, Ahmed Khled, Saifelden Hesham, Marawan Reda.
Coach: Arsharaf Mansour
AUSTRALIA: Damian Williams, Samuel Nangle 4, Charles Negus 1, Nickolas Elphick 1, Timothy Putt 1, Lachalan Vos 3, Luckas Mackaway, Chaz Poot 2, Jack Marshall 1, Cristian Kyriakou 2, Nicholas Poter.
Coach: Andrei Kovalenko

Egypt: 1 for 10
Australia: 4 for 8
Egypt: -
Australia: -

Australia secured first place in Group C after an easy victory over Egypt.

Games 28, 21.00, South Africa - Spain 11-24
Quarters: 2-7, 2-6, 2-5, 5-6

Referees: Andreas Hasper (Colombia), Ivan Raković (Srbija)

SOUTH AFRICA: Keegan Clark, Michael Stewart, Tristan Fin, Caleb Simpson 3, Wanye Phillips, Sven Van Zyl 2, Malcolm Mc Callum 1, Mathew Hamilton 2, Dylan Cronje 1, Sebastien Bidoli 2, Thomas, Eichner.
Coach: Andrew Stewart.
SPAIN: Javier Benavides, Alvaro Garcia 2, Pablo Gomez 3, Josep Puig 1, Josu Fernandez 2, Jordi Chico 4, Marc Salvador 1, Alvaro Granados 8, Oriol Rodriguez 3, Bernat Sanahuja, Oriol Albacete.
Coach: Mario Garcia

South Africa: 2 for 5
Spain: 6 for 9
South Africa: 1 for 1
Spain: 1 for 1

Spain's job against South Africa quickly ended after first period when they were five goals ahead of the Africans.
Once again at the World Championships in Podgorica the top scorer of the tournament was Alvaro Granados, who scored eight goals against South Africa and 28 in total since the begining of the competition. He maintain the best scorer title so far.


GROUP A: Greece 6 (3 matches), Russia 6 (4), Canada 2 (3), Colombia 2 (3), Kazakhstan 0 (3)

GROUP B: Hungary 4 (3 matches), Italy 3 (3), Montenegro 3 (2), Brasil 0 (2)

GROUP C: Australia 6 (3 matches), Spain 6 (4), Japan 2 (3), Egypt 2 (3), South Africa 0 (2).

GROUP D: Serbia 6 (3 matches), Croatia 6 (4), USA 4 (3), New Zealand 0 (3), China 0 (3).