Olga Kamardina, FINA Correspondent in Russia

For the first time ever Water Polo World League Super Finals saw all elimination games tied in the regulation time, having the penalty shoot-out to confirm the list for the finals.

With the finalists decided and 16 matches already behind us, the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final 2017 is reaching its climax in Ruza, Russian Federation. Competition Day 5 pictured a lot of fine goals, great saves and four impressive semi-final wins.

 

Bronze Olympic medal holder Italy saved their life against Croatia booking penalty shoot-out series 20 seconds to the final buzzer, and then nailed a gold match ticket at 9-7.

Their opponent in the decisive battle will be the reigning kings Serbia, which on their part, astonished everyone as their American rendezvous ended in a draw, and were up to seal their gold chance via the “hitting lottery”, 13-11.

As for Croatia and the USA will be contesting bronze, the 5th place consolation final shall feature Russia and Kazakhstan. Competition day 5 saw them both celebrating penalty shoot-out series wins over Japan and Australia, who will be up to play for the 7th-8th line in the chart of the Super Final.

Semi-finals / Day 5 / 24 June, 2017

Game 17. L13 – L16 AUS Australia – KAZ Kazakhstan 11-12 (0-4, 3-1, 1-2, 4-1, PSO 3-4)

Game 18. L14 – L15 RUS Russian Federation – JPN Japan 18-17 (3-4, 5-2, 4-3, 0-3, PSO 6-5)

Game 19. W13 – W16 ITA Italy – CRO Croatia 9-7 (1-1, 3-2, 1-2, 1-1, PSO 3-1)

Game 20. W14 – W15 SRB Serbia –USA United States of America 11-13 (0-0,4-3,2-2,2-3, PSO 3-5)

Finals schedule / Day 6 / 25 June, 2017

Game 21. 12:00 L17 – L18 (7 – 8 places) AUS Australia – JPN Japan

Game 22. 13:20 W17 – W18 (5 – 6 places) KAZ Kazakhstan – RUS Russian Federation

Game 23. 14:40 L19 – L20 (3 – 4 places) CRO Croatia – USA United States of America

Game 24. 16:00 W19 – W20 (1 – 2 places) ITA Italy – W15 SRB Serbia

*Local time