Russell McKinnon, FINA Media Committee

Gwangju, South Korea.— Australia survived a penalty shootout against Montenegro 13-11 to be the first second-round team to make Tuesday's quarterfinals on the fourth day of the FINA World Championships men's water polo tournament at the Nambu University Grounds in Gwangju.

Australia was the first through to the quarterfinals with a thrilling 13-11 penalty shootout victory over perennial top-eight nation Montenegro. The lead changed twice with Montenegro forcing the shootout, which the Aussie Sharks converted 4-2 to book a clash with Hungary. Montenegro is consigned to the round 9-12, something it has done only once as a new nation — back in Rome 2004.

Greece was next across the line with an 11-9 margin over United States of America after the match was tied at one, four, six, seven and eight by the final break.Greece held it together, going 10-8 ahead and on to the win, gaining a clash with Italy in the quarters.

Spain had to play relentlessly to shake Japan off its back at halftime, winning the second half 10-3 to advance to a matchup with Olympic champion Serbia. Spain won 15-9 and Japan suffered through a bleeding nose of Keigo Okawa, which made a difference to the attack. Japan will face Montenegro in the round 9-12.

Germany grasped the final berth and a clash with world champion Croatia, thanks to a 25-5 march over South Africa with Luuk Gielen netting a game-high six goals.

In the round 13-16 semifinals, Kazakhstan blitzed host nation Korea 17-4 with Miras Aubakirov netting four. Brazil fought off New Zealand 12-8 and will now meet Kazakhstan for the classification 12-13 and Korea and New Zealand will play for 15th.

Sunday Men's Schedule

Round 13-16 Semifinals
Match 25, 10:30, KOREA 4 KAZAKHSTAN 17
Match 26, 12:00, NEW ZEALAND 8 BRAZIL12

Second Round
Match 27, 14:00, MONTENEGRO 11 AUSTRALIA 13 in penalty shotoout (FT: 9-9. Pens: 4-2)
Match 28, 15:30, GREECE 11 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 9
Match 29, 17:00, SPAIN 15 JAPAN 7
Match 30, 18:30, SOUTH AFRICA 5 GERMANY 25

Monday Women’s Schedule:

Classification 15-16
Match 31, 08:00, KOREA v CUBA

Classification 13-14
Match 32, 9.30, SOUTH AFRICA v JAPAN

Classification 9-12 Semifinals
Match 33, 11:00, CANADA v CHINA
Match 34, 12:30, NEW ZEALAND v KAZAKHSTAN

Classification 1-8 Quarterfinals
Match 35, 14:00, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v GREECE
Match 36, 15:30, RUSSIA v AUSTRALIA
Match 37, 17:00, SPAIN v NETHERLANDS
Match 38, 18:30, ITALY v HUNGARY

Tuesday Men’s Schedule

Classification 15-16
Match 31, 08:00, KOREA v NEW ZEALAND

Classification 13-14
Match 32, 9.30, BRAZIL v KAZAKHSTAN

Classification 9-12 Semifinals
Match 33, 11:00, MONTENEGRO v JAPAN
Match 34, 12:30, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v SOUTH AFRICA

Classification 1-8 Quarterfinals
Match 35, 14:00, SERBIA v SPAIN
Match 36, 15:30, CROATIA v GERMANY
Match 37, 17:00, HUNGARY v AUSTRALIA
Match 38, 18:30, ITALY v GREECE