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Day 9: Greece retains FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo title

FINA Men’s Water Polo World Junior Championships 2019
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Match 69, 13:30, JAPAN 14 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 19
Results & Teams

Match 69, 13:30, JAPAN 14 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 19

Classification 7-8

Quarters: 4-6, 5-2, 3-5, 2-6

Referees: Vlaho Radichevic (CRO), Liang Zhang (CHN)

Extra man: JPN: 4/7. USA: 9/10.

Penalties: JPN: 1/1.

Teams:

JAPAN: Tomoharu Shinto, Toi Suzuki (2), Shun Kobayashi (1), Shohei Yamada, Fumiya Tsuta (2), Naoki Aoyama, Goro Hizume, Eisuke Takahashi, Takumu Miyazawa, Yusuke Inaba (6), Yuki Maita (2), Taiyo Watanabe (1), Kentaro Tani. Head Coach: Takamitsu Nakashima.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Adrian Weinberg, Quinten Osborne, Marko Vavic (5), Tommy Gruwell (2), Leo Yuno (1), Garrett Zaan (2), Hannes Daube (3), Jacob Ehrhardt (1), Mason McQuet, Ash Molthen (4), Quinn Woodhead, Warren Loth (1), Kent Emden. Head Coach: Jack Kocur.

Report

United States of America went one better than two years ago, taking out seventh position in a breath-taking, high-scoring match. There was action aplenty in the first half with USA levelling at one and two then pushing the margin to 6-3 before Japan grabbed one back in the last second of the period. USA did the damage at two metres, the centre forwards too strong for the smaller Japanese. Tommy Gruwell scored his second extra-man goal for 7-4 and USA looked like going away. Not so; Japan scored three of the next four goals to level at seven and, guess who had three of those goals? Senior international Yusuke Inaba, of course. USA took a break and converted the play to regain the lead. There were no early celebrations as Inaba netted twice in a row to close the half at 9-8 in Japan’s favour. USA regained the advantage at 10-9, 11-10 and 12-11, before stretching it to 13-11, only for Inaba to gain his sixth goal — and 36th of the championship — on a penalty conversion 11 seconds from the final break.  Garrett Zaan with his second, Ash Molthen with his fourth and Hannes Daube with his fourth took it out to 16-12 three minutes into the final quarter. Goals were traded between Shun Kobayashi and Vavic while Vavic repeated the dose for 18-13 at 1:37 off a swift free-throw cross pass. Japan was not finished yet and Tsuta drilled from the left-hand-catch position, however, Vavic nailed his fifth with a high shot from four metres, winning the contest and the player-of-the-match award. To USA's credit was the fantastic extra-man statistic of nine from 10 — the best of the championship. The win was some minor consolation for two soul-destroying penalty shootout losses. In USA college water polo, no shootouts are played, but instead the old system of extra time, so the players are not used to this critical situation. Japan, by finishing eighth, was five places better than Belgrade 2017.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 70, 15:00, MONTENEGRO 8 SPAIN 14
Results & Teams

Match 70, 15:00, MONTENEGRO 8 SPAIN 14

Classification 5-6

Quarters: 3-5, 1-5, 1-3, 3-1

Referees: German Moller (ARG), Luca Bianco (ITA)

Extra man:  MNE: 2/4. ESP: 6/11.

Penalties: ESP: 1/1.

Teams:

MONTENEGRO: Darko Durovic, Nebojsa Vuskovic (1), Savo Cetkovic (1), Uros Vucurovic (1), Aljosa Macic, Danilo Radovic (2), Luka Murisic, Petar Mijuskovic (2), Miroslav Perkovic, Vuk Draskovic, Dusan Matkovic, Branko Franeta (1), Alen Isljamovic. Head Coach: Veljko Uskokovic.

SPAIN: Unai Aguirre, Bernat Sanahuja (5), Albert Ponferrada, Sergio Prieto, Pau Linares, Fran Valera (4), Lluc Bertran, Victor Alegre (1), Oscar Montes, Nikolas Paul (3), Oriol Rodriguez, Oscar Asensio (1), Victor Garcia. Head Coach: Svilen Ivanov.

Report

Spain moved up one position to fifth from two years ago, demoralising Montenegro, who seemed lacklustre today. Spain has been using excellent teamwork all tournament, not requiring one person to carry the heavier workload. That teamwork has carried the team through, except for that one-goal loss to Croatia in the quarter-finals. Today, if anyone led the charge, it was Fran Valera with three goals in the first quarter and another in the third. Bernat Sanahuja, such a revelation, scored four goals all around the pool, including at centre forward. Montenegro head coach Veljko Uskokovic asked for something extra from his team at the final break and his team responded with two goals from Petar Mijuskovic — another star player in Kuwait — and Nebojsa Vuskovic with three seconds left on the clock. Dusan Matkovic (MNE) was fouled out in the final quarter on his return after a two-match suspension for a brutality foul against Hungary on Tuesday. Montenegro was fifth two years ago and sixth in 2015. Spain’s Victor Alegre was red-carded in the first period for splashing an opponent after Spain had just converted the penalty goal.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 71, 16:30, ITALY 9 CROATIA 6
Results & Teams

Match 71, 16:30, ITALY 9 CROATIA 6

Classification 3-4

Quarters: 1-1, 2-2, 3-1, 3-2

Referees: Irfan Sadekov (RUS), Nikolaos Boudramis
(GRE)
Extra man: ITA: 4/20. CRO: 2/16.

Penalties: ITA:  2/3. CRO: 0/2.

Teams:

ITALY: Francisco di Donna, Massimo di Martire (1), Filippo Ferrero, Mattia Antonucci, Andrea Narciso (1), Gianpiero di Martire, Mario Guidi (1), Ettore Novara (3), Michele Mezzarobba (3), Vincenzo Tozzi, Matteo Spione, Andrea Tartaro, Francesco de Michelis. Head Coach: Carlo Silipo.

CROATIA: Jerko Jurlina, Ivan Malenica, Karlo Krekovic (1), Marin Vrdoljak (1), Luka Bajic (1), Filip Krzic, Goran Solje (1), Branimir Herceg, Jerko Penava (2), Matias Biljaka, Marko Zuvela, Lovro Paparic, Eugen Sunara. Head Coach: Josko Krekovic.

Report

This was a match of attrition and emotion that overflowed big time with Croatia struggling to handle the pressure, leading to the loss. Two bench officials and three Croatian players failed to see the match out with red cards and three others gained three majors. Three Italian players also failed to get to the final whistle. Lack of discipline killed the match for Croatia while Italy came to win via the normal course. One of the Croatian bench officials charged up the referee walkway and started “talking” to referee Sadekov, earning a red card at 1:38 in the second period. He was sent to the grandstand. At 1:58 in the third quarter, the other bench official was red-carded. That meant that Mile Smodlaka and Ivan Rukavina were out of the match. The bench troubles transferred to the water where Matias Biljaka was ejected at 0:19 and did not leave the pool, causing a penalty foul. He pleaded to the referee that he did not see the number call and was suspended. Earlier in the match big centre forward Branimir Herceg gained three major fouls. Krekovic gained his second and third at in the third quarter, robbing the team of a goal-scorer. Italy also had foul trouble with Massimo de Martire, Italy’s 2-1 scorer, Andrea Tartaro and Gianpiero de Martire in the fourth also registered three fouls. With plenty of attention on the players’ bodies, this was probably the heaviest match of the tournament. Jerko Penava had a chance to open for Croatia, but the normally reliable penalty shooter missed his first attempt two minutes into the match and failed to convert his second in the next period. Croatia’s 1-1 equaliser came via a hopeful shot from eight metres on the stroke of quarter time from Karlo Krekovic. It deflected off the defender’s arm and into goal when Francesco de Michelis had it covered. Italy went to 2-1 with Croatia recovering for 3-2 and Italy equalising through captain Mario Guidi. Novara missed his penalty attempt after the official fiasco leaving the match even at halftime. Two Novara goals nullified Croatia’s 4-3 lead and the Croatian coach saw yellow and the bench official red. Michele Mezzarobba sent in the penalty goal for 6-4 at the final break. Luka Bajic pulled one back from six metres; Andrea Narciso sent in a slider from seven metres; Penava converted extra from deep left for 7-6 at 2:04. Italy called a timeout at 1:46 and Novara nailed the goal on double extra for 8-6. Mezzarobba converted the penalty foul after Marko Zuvela gained his red card. No further goal came in the last 49 seconds and Italy had the bronze medal. European champion Italy collected another bronze to give it five gold, two silvers and three bronze medals at this level. Italy was seventh in Belgrade two years ago and Croatia was the beaten finalist.

Photos: Eszter Novak

 

Match 72, 18:00, SERBIA 4 GREECE 6
Results & Teams

Match 72, 18:00, SERBIA 4 GREECE 6

Classification 1-2

Quarters: 0-2, 1-1, 0-0, 3-3

Referees: Michiel Zwart (NED), David Gomez (ESP)

Extra man: SRB: 3/14. GRE: 2/8.

Penalties: SRB:  GRE: 1/1.

Teams:

SERBIA: Pavle Gavrilovic, Stefan Brankovic (1), Andrej Barac, Aleksa Nesic, Nemanja Stanojevic (1), Petar Mitrovic, Dorde Vucinic, Aleksa Cvetkovic (1), Vasilije Martinovic, Kristian Sulc, Luka Pijevancic, Marko Radovic (1), Vladimir Misovic. Head Coach: Uros Stevanovic.

GREECE: Stylianos Dalmaras, Efstathios Kalogeropoulos, Ioannis Alafragkis (2), Konstaninos Gkiouvetsis (2), Dimitrios Nikolaidis (1), Alexandros Papanastasiou, Konstantinos Kakaris (1), Charalampos Rompopoulos, Efstathios Papageorgiou, Michail Diplaros, Aristeidis Chalyvopoulos, Michail Goniotakis, Nikolaos Mitrakis. Head Coach: Nikolaos Karamanis.

Report

Greece became a three-time champion and a back-to-back champion with a thrilling 6-4 victory over a determined, although a little nervous, Serbia. Greece was the better team all tournament and deserved the crown as probably the best-prepared team. Tensions were above boiling point early in the match with the referee having to call the two 5 caps to the side of the pool for a chat after an altercation. Semifinal sensation Konstaninos Gkiouvetsis opened the scoring from the penalty line and had his best start with a rocket from nine metres late in the first quarter and a two-metre rebound collection for a shovel into goal at 2:33 in the second period had Greece at 3-0. Marko Radovic finally put Serbia on the board at 1:18 from halftime on extra-man attack.  The third period was scoreless with both teams having some fantastic attempts. At the Greek end, it was left many times to the tournament’s best goalkeeper, Nikolaos Mitrakis, to save the day. On one Serbian attack we blocked three successive shots. Greece missed some easier shots with a Gkiouvetsis counter-attack bounced into the bar when it was expected he would score. Charalampos Rompopoulos collected his third major and Aleksa Cvetkovic converted the near-post shot for 3-2 at 6:57. At the other end Gkiouvetsis produced some magic, rising high at the top and lobbing into the top right for 4-2. Dimitrios Nikolaidis joined the party with a superb turn at two metres to hammer the ball into goal for a three-goal margin at 4:18. The next attack and Serbia converted extra-man with a Nemanja Stanojevic missile from the top to narrow the gap. Stefan Brankovic shot on the next attack from about six metres on the right side of the pool before the defence had formed to bring it to 5-4. Greece called a timeout on extra on its attack and three passes after the restart the ball connected with the hand of Konstantinos Kakaris on the right, near post to score for 6-4.  Kristian Sulc shot on extra and the ball struck the right upright and bounced behind Mitrakis, but it did not appear to go in and this was confirmed by the VAR decision. Greece used its attack and Serbia called a timeout at nine seconds. The resulting Serbia shot hit the left upright and Greece was champion again.

 

Photos: Eszter Novak

Greece beat Serbia 6-4 for the gold medal on the final day of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at the Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait.

Greece led 2-0 at the quarter and 3-1 at halftime with the third period scoreless. An action-packed final period had Greece 5-2 ahead and then 5-4 before Konstantinos Kakaris put the match beyond doubt two minutes from time. Goalkeeper Nikolaos Mitrakis, who was named the best of the tournament, repulsed many Serbian attacks to get his team over the line.

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Day 8: Serbia to play Greece in Junior World Champs golden final

FINA Men’s Water Polo World Junior Championships 2019
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Match 60, 08:00, UZBEKISTAN 7 BRAZIL 22
Results & Teams

Match 60, 08:00, UZBEKISTAN 7 BRAZIL 22

Classification 17-18

Quarters: 1-5, 4-5, 0-6, 2-6

Referees: Gabor Vogel (HUN), Amirhossein Safabakhsh (IRI)

Extra man: UZB: 3/5. BRA: 4/11.

Penalties: BRA: 2/4. UZB: 1/1.

Teams:

UZBEKISTAN: Abdullo Yokubjonov, Mukhammadyusuf Dedabaev, Jakhongir Sobirjonov (1), Asadbek Kenjaev (1), Azizbek Turgunov, Asadbek Azizov, Zaven Osipyan (3), Azizbek Botirov, Javokhir Kutmonbekov, Asorbek Yusufjanov, Sukhrob Khoshimov (1), Muzaffarbek Makhmudjonov (1), Shokhboz Usmonjonov. Head Coach: Oleg Pletnev.

BRAZIL: Joao Silveira, Lucas Santos (3), Luiz Scarabelim (1), Felipe Ferreira (3), Nicholas Fichman (4), Bruno Chiappini (1), Italo Vizacre (1), Thomas Campedelli (3), Marcos Pires (2), Vincius Pessin, Gabriel Galvane (4), Joao Fernandes. Head Coach: Thiago Nascimento.

Report

Brazil clinched 17th position in its return to the championship since it finished seventh in 2013. For Uzbekistan, 18th was a few steps down on 2015 and 2011 when it finished 16th. The only other participation was 2009 when it finished 19th. Brazil was always on top and the whole team had a chance to get world championship experience. Uzbekistan worked hard for goals and goalkeeper Shokhboz Usmonjonov managed to stop two Brazilian penalty attempts. Thomas Fichman (BRA) was named the best player in water and Uzbekistan’s top player, Zaven Osipyan scored three to lift his tournament tally to 17. Javokhir Kutmonbekov was given his marching orders with a red card in the second quarter.

Pictures: Eszter Novak

 

Match 61, 09:20, CHINA 14 EGYPT 9
Results & Teams

Match 61, 09:20, CHINA 9 EGYPT 14

Classification 15-16  

Quarters: 3-2, 2-4, 2-3, 2-5

Referees: Nenad Golijanin
 (SRB), Fabio Toffoli
 (BRA)

Extra man: CHN: 3/9. EGY: 4/11.

Penalties: CHN: 1/3.

Teams:

CHINA: Xingmeng He, Boren Shi (1), Lei Yuan, Guan Ou, Beiyi Wang (4), Luobin Liu, Yingyi Gao (3), Yi Lu, Yile Cheng, Beile Zhu (1), Mingtao Wu, Haotian Zhou. Head Coach: Ji Shen.

EGYPT: Marwan Reda, Youssef Amer, Abderahman Hamed (3), Ahmed Elsapagh (2), Mahmoud Maghwry, Karim Saleh (3), Mohanad Farahat (1), Mohamed Ziyad, Mohamed Rezk, Eissa Bassel 5), Adham Saleh, Mahmoud Elzayat (1), Marwan Makarem. Head Coach: Konstantinos Vamvakaris.

Report

Egypt made sure of 15th position with a well-constructed game plan that kept smashing into the face of China. Egypt was also 15th in Belgrade, 12th in 2015 and 15th in 2011. China was 12th in Belgrade two years ago, so will be disappointed with the finish. It was 15th in 2015 and the previous attendance was 12th in 1999. While China held the quarter-time lead, it was Brazil, inspired by its star centre forward Eissa Bessel, who stepped up, going to the front at 4-3 two minutes into the second period. The margin slipped out to three before China forced its way back into the match, arriving at halftime 6-5 down. Bessel scored his fourth and fifth, either side of a Beiyi Wang score and Karim Saleh stretched it to three again. Goals were traded until 11-8 when Saleh hammered in from two metres.  Mahmoud Elzayat pushed it out to four goals with a missile from the top. Wang responded with his third for 12-9, but time — and the match — was slipping away for China. The margin went to five and a penalty block and several other saves by goalkeeper Marwan Reda sealed the match. Bessel was obviously named best in water and Wang scored four goals for China.

Footnote: China played without regular goalkeeper Junjiong Wang, who was sick.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 62, 10:40, RUSSIA SOUTH AFRICA
Results & Teams

Match 62, 10:40, RUSSIA 20 SOUTH AFRICA 10

Classification 13-14

Quarters: 4-2, 6-1, 4-3, 6-4

Referees: Noboru Yamazaki (JPN), Conor Davis (AUS)

Extra man: RUS: 5/12. RSA: 5/11.

Penalties: Nil.

Teams:

RUSSIA: Igor Chirkov, Sergei Mersh (2), Nikita Serebrennikov (2), Emil Zinnurov (3), Zamir Mirziev (1), Iaroslav Nikolaev (2), Nikita Mikhailov (4), Askar Makhiyanov (2), Valerii Pelikh (1), Ivan Vasilev (2), Danill Frolov (1), Egor Vasilev, Danila Apultchin. Head Coach: Sergei Voronin.

SOUTH AFRICA: Keegan Clark, Mogamad Mayman, Christopher Beamish, Ethan Coryndon-Baker, Todd Howard (4), Ross Stone (2), Joshua Faber, Jonathan Swanepoel (2), David MacDonald (1), William Dowsett (1), Yaseen Margro, James Hablutzel, Barnard van Rooyen. Head Coach: Jason Sileno.

Report

Russia collected 13th place, four positions down from 2017 and South Africa moved off the bottom rung in 2017 for 14th in Kuwait. Russia had two light matches (17-7 over Kuwait and 19-7 over China) to get to this encounter while South Africa had to fend off Brazil 7-6 and repulse Egypt 8-7. Russia went to 3-0 and closed the first period 4-2. Six unanswered goals set Russia apart, looking fresher, although none of these goals was on counter. South Africa was covering most of the pool and at this stage scored three to two splitting the halftime. Russia’s 12-5 advantage went to 14-6 at the final break. The final eight minutes was an enticing encounter at 6-4 with Russia getting most of its field players on the scoresheet and South African Todd Howard netting four of his own in what was an excellent tournament for the team, coming out of a challenging group that included semifinalists Croatia and Serbia and the mercurial Japan.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 63, 12:00, NEW ZEALAND 8 AUSTRALIA 9
Results & Teams

Match 63, 12:00, NEW ZEALAND 8 AUSTRALIA 9

Classification 11-12

Quarters: 3-3, 2-2, 1-1, 2-3

Referees: German Moller (ARG), Liang Zhang (CHN)

Extra man: NZL: 3/7. AUS: 3/9.

Penalties: NZL: 2/2. AUS: 1/1.

Teams:

NEW ZEALAND: Joshua de Reeper, Louie Ferigo (1), Hamish Sullivan, Louis Clark, Calum de Jager, Brandon Matthews, James Catlin, Loui Schuler (1), Sam Ratima, Matt Morris (1), Rowan Brown (3), Nicholas Paterson (2), Bae Fountain. Head Coach: Lionel Randall.

AUSTRALIA: John Hedges, Jack Rector, Matthew Murphy, Lachlan Vos (3), Matthew Oberman, James Gillfeather (1), Hugh Anstey, Charlie Negus (5), Alastair Bruce, Nicholas Taylor, Lewis Putt, Matthew Byrnes, Flynn Mais. Head Coach: Andrew Yanitsas.

Report

These Trans-Tasman rivals (named after the Tasman Sea that separates the two countries) played each other in the group and produced a real thriller with New Zealand leading 7-4 at the start of the final quarter only to lose 8-7. Australia has a silver medal from 1999 when the championships was last staged in Kuwait, but the best result in recent years was fourth back in 2011. In Belgrade it beat China for 11th. New Zealand was 18th two years ago after an eight-year hiatus when it finished 14th in Sibenik, Croatia in 2009. Both teams learned the lessons from the day-three clash and the match was level at every number to five by halftime and Australia had four leads to New Zealand’s one. The third period started with a VAR decision in favour of Australia’s Lachlan Vos. The ball went high into the bar and off the back of goalkeeper Bae Fountain into goal. Rowan Brown converted a penalty foul at a time when captain James Catlin was ousted on three major fouls. After Negus converted his penalty shot, team-mate Matthew Oberman was red-carded for misconduct and New Zealand scored at the other end, but only after the ball rebounded twice in favour of the Kiwis. Negus slid in his fifth goal on extra-man attack and less than a minute later Vos smashed in from two metres at 3:39. New Zealand called a timeout and the resulting play yielded a goal from the deep left by Louie Ferigo at 1:56 — enough time for the Kiwis to come back. However, it was not to be and neither team could score, leaving Australia the winner of the two matches between the neighbours.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 64, 13:20, HUNGARY 15 CANADA 6
Results & Teams

Match 64, 13:20, HUNGARY 15 CANADA 6

Classification 9-10  

Quarters: 8-2, 1-1, 2-2, 4-1

Referees: Harvey Hinds (CUR), Michael Brooks (NZL)

Extra man: HUN: 2/6. CAN: 4/13.

Penalties: HUN: 2/2. CAN: 0/1.

Teams:

HUNGARY: Mark Banyai, Peter Sugar (1), Botond Bobis (4), Benedek Baksa (3), Marton Magyar, Gyorgy Agh (1), Mate Dala (2), Andras Turnai, Vince Vigvari, Gergo Fekete (3), Zsombor Szeghalmi (1), Mate Aranyi, Marton Mizsei. Head Coach: Kristof Kemeny.

CANADA: Brody McKnight, Antonios Giannatsis, Bogdan Djerkovic (2), Jeremie Coté (2), Harrison Henning (2), Nick Seredjuc, Kyril Marinov, Bor Tanasijevic, Stefan Dabic, Stephen Gloade, Max MacMillan, Reuel D’Souza, Minos Kotzambasis. Head Coach: Brian Parillo.

Report

It was a promenade for Hungary, stitching up ninth place, built on an incredible 8-2 opening quarter. Hungary has been in the last four at the previous three championships and before that it’s worst position was eighth in 2011 and ninth in 2009 when it was an experimental 18&U event. With 13 medals, Hungary will have to wait another two years to add to the collection. Canada was also 10th in Belgrade. Its best performances at this level were eighth in Kuwait 1999, Dunkirk 1995, Sao Paolo 1987 and Barcelona 1983. Hungary dictated the pace in the first quarter, almost stoped in the second as Canada applied the pressure, went to 11-3 in the third before Canada grabbed two back and finished off with a 4-1 final period, flourishing with a Benedek Baksa goal from seven metres and two Gergo Fekete strikes. All credit to Canada for fighting hard against a Hungarian team that had firepower all around the pool and generally took shots before anyone else thought about it. Hungary finished the tournament strongly but Tuesday’s 15-14 group loss to Montenegro was humbling. For the record, Botond Bobis (HUN) was named player of the match.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 65, 16:00, MONTENEGRO 18 JAPAN 11
Results & Teams

Match 65, 16:00, MONTENEGRO 18 JAPAN 11

Classification 5-8 Semifinal

Quarters: 4-5, 5-3, 4-1, 5-2

Referees: Luca Bianco (ITA), Sinisa Matijasevic 
(MNE)

Extra man: MNE: 5/8. JPN: 2/10.

Penalties: JPN: 0/1.

Teams:

MONTENEGRO: Darko Durovic, Nebojsa Vuskovic (3), Savo Cetkovic (7), Uros Vucurovic (1), Aljosa Macic, Danilo Radovic, Luka Murisic (1), Petar Mijuskovic (1), Miroslav Perkovic (3), Vuk Draskovic (1), Branko Franeta (1), Alen Isljamovic. Head Coach: Veljko Uskokovic.

JAPAN: Tomoharu Shinto, Toi Suzuki (1), Shun Kobayashi, Shohei Yamada, Fumiya Tsuta (1), Naoki Aoyama, Goro Hizume (1), Eisuke Takahashi, Takumu Miyazawa (1), Yusuke Inaba (4), Yuki Maita (1), Taiyo Watanabe (2), Kentaro Tani. Head Coach: Takamitsu Nakashima.

Report

 

Montenegro burst through in the third period to take a stranglehold on the match. Earlier the story was all about Savo Cetkovic and Yusuke Inaba who scored five and three goals each. Inaba scored a fourth at 13-9, coming after a four-goal heist. Cetkovic covered himself in glory with two more goals in the last four minutes for a match-winning seven. He did everything in front of goal and took his time finding the right position to shoot and waiting sometimes for the goalie to tire. His finishing typified the dedication of the Montenegrins after losing by a goal to Serbia after leading early in the period the night before. Japan did what it normally does — swam, drove and worked hard for everything it could get. The smaller size was evident in this match and the shooters were relentless in front of goal, finding gaps that di not exist in their goal. Inaba finishes well, but it is not just about him. Many other players stepped up and took the shots that counted. It was just that in the third quarter shots were not getting off the hand of were being caught in the forest of defensive arms. Montenegro goes to the play-off for fifth and Japan will have to be content shooting for seventh.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 66, 17:20, SPAIN 13 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 12 in sudden-death penalty shootout (FT: 7-7. Pens: 6-5)
Results & Teams

Match 66, 17:20, SPAIN 13 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 12 in sudden-death penalty shootout (FT: 7-7. Pens: 6-5)

Classification 5-8 Semifinal

Quarters: 3-2, 1-3, 1-2, 2-0

Referees: Michiel Zwart (NED), Mikhail Dykman (CAN)


Extra man: ESP: 4/9. USA: 3/10.

Penalties: ESP: 1/1.

Teams:

SPAIN: Unai Aguirre, Bernat Sanahuja (+2), Albert Ponferrada (1+1), Sergio Prieto, Pau Linares, Fran Valera (2+2), Lluc Bertran (1+1), Victor Alegre, Oscar Montes (1), Nikolas Paul, Oriol Rodriguez, Oscar Asensio (2), Victor Garcia. Head Coach: Svilen Ivanov.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Adrian Weinberg, Quinten Osborne, Marko Vavic (3+2), Tommy Gruwell, Leo Yuno, Garrett Zaan, Hannes Daube (1+1), Jacob Ehrhardt (1), Mason McQuet, Ash Molthen (2+1), Quinn Woodhead (+1), Warren Loth, Kent Emden. Head Coach: Jack Kocur.

Report

For the second night in a row, United States of America lost a penalty shootout, forcing it from what could have been a top-four position on Wednesday to playing for seventh ranking on Friday. Spain made the front-running and USA had to come back for 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3. USA then shot ahead to 5-3, 6-4 and 7-5 by the close of play in the third period. Spain levelled through Albert Ponferrada (7:18) and Lluc Bertran (2:43). USA went to a timeout at 1:07 and the centre-forward backhand over-rotated, giving Spain a timeout at 0:45. Fran Valera, Ponferrada and Bertran all had their shots blocks by their defenders, regaining the ball twice. This forced the penalty shootout, something USA knows a lot about, having lost the shootout 4-1 against Greece the night before. Spain only led the match for less than six minutes until the final whistle. The shootout was eagerly watched as the first rotations scored and the third missed. Four and five converted to force it into sudden death at 11-11. The first rotation scored and on the second, Valera made it 13-12; Molten fumbled the ball and failed to shoot, sending Spain through to the play-off for fifth.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 67, 18:40, SERBIA 9 ITALY 7
Results & Teams

Match 67, 18:40, SERBIA 9 ITALY 7

Classification 1-4 Semifinal

Quarters: 1-0, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3

Referees: David Gomez (ESP), Irfan Sadekov (RUS)

Extra man: SRB:

Penalties: ITA: 1/1.

Teams:

SERBIA: Pavle Gavrilovic, Stefan Brankovic, Andrej Barac, Aleksa Nesic, Nemanja Stanojevic (1), Petar Mitrovic, Dorde Vucinic (2), Aleksa Cvetkovic (2), Vasilije Martinovic (1), Kristian Sulc (2), Luka Pijevancic, Marko Radovic (1), Vladimir Misovic. Head Coach: Uros Stevanovic.

ITALY: Francisco di Donna, Massimo di Martire (1), Filippo Ferrero, Mattia Antonucci, Andrea Narciso, Gianpiero di Martire, Mario Guidi, Ettore Novara (3), Michele Mezzarobba (1), Vincenzo Tozzi, Matteo Spione (2), Andrea Tartaro, Francesco de Michelis. Head Coach: Carlo Silipo.

Report

Fifth at August’s European Championships, Serbia toppled champion Italy in a 6-4 second half. It ended Italy’s dream of emulating the Settebello senior team that won the world crown in Korea in August. So tight was the match that it was just 1-0 to Serbia in the first quarter. Serbia appealed to the near full house with a 3-0 five minutes into the second quarter. However, Italy came back with two in 27 seconds for what would be the halftime score. Goals were traded in the third quarter, starting with Serbia and ending with Serbia, leaving a 6-4 advantage. Matteo Spione set the place alight with his centre-forward backhand to start the final period and then Serbia scored three of the next four goals with two from Kristian Sulc for 9-6. The single response in this charge was the exceptional centre forward Ettore Novara, who steered in an outside pass from the post position. It was his third goal after two wonderful scores either side of halftime. Spione earlier found himself at four metres with the goalkeeper charging out to him and he backhanded into an empty goal. It was a lapse from Pavle Gavrilovic, but it did not stop him being named player of the match. While Sulc was magical, earlier, Dorde Vucinic also scored twice, something he has being doing all championship, emerging as one of the true stars.  Every block, every steal, every missed shot was applauded by the roaring crowd, who also had the drama of the second semifinal to watch.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 68, 20:00, CROATIA 6 GREECE 15
Results & Teams

Match 68, 20:00, CROATIA 6 GREECE 15

Classification 1-4 Semifinal

Quarters: 2-4, 3-4, 0-5, 1-2

Referees: Darren Spiritosanto (USA), Adil Aimbetov (KAZ)

Extra man: CRO: 1/7. GRE: 5/7.

Penalties: CRO: 4/4. GRE: 1/1.

Teams:

CROATIA: Jerko Jurlina, Ivan Malenica, Karlo Krekovic, Marin Vrdoljak (2), Luka Bajic (1), Filip Krzic, Goran Solje, Branimir Herceg, Jerko Penava (2), Matias Biljaka, Marko Zuvela (1), Lovro Paparic, Eugen Sunara. Head Coach: Josko Krekovic.

GREECE: Stylianos Dalmaras, Efstathios Kalogeropoulos (2), Ioannis Alafragkis (1), Konstaninos Gkiouvetsis (5), Dimitrios Nikolaidis (2), Alexandros Papanastasiou (4), Konstantinos Kakaris, Charalampos Rompopoulos, Efstathios Papageorgiou, Michail Diplaros, Aristeidis Chalyvopoulos, Michail Goniotakis (1), Nikolaos Mitrakis. Head Coach: Nikolaos Karamanis.

Report

Greece put on a display worthy of the senior world championships. The returning champion, playing without regular coach Theodoros Lorantos, who was red-carded in Wednesday’s quarter-final clash with United States of America, smashed Croatia, especially in the third quarter where Croatian shots peppered the goal but refused to go in. Lorantos received a two-match suspension from FINA and subsequently was not able to be in attendance at tonight’s match or Friday’s gold-medal final. The display was something we enjoyed, at least. It was magnificent on many fronts, not least the shooting prowess of Konstaninos Gkiouvetsis — the Greek Rocket — sending in his howitzer rounds like he was on a battlefield. He had five to his name halfway through the third period. It was a battlefield, such was the heavy play. Tensions erupted in the third period as Marko Zuvela was suspended for “over-zealous” play. He scored the fourth goal for Croatia, almost light years away as a minute later the last Croatian goal was notched up before Greece went on a rampage like a Hong Kong student riot. Eight goals managed to zip past a despairing Jerko Jurlina before team-mate Luka Bajic final squared one away on extra in the final minute — 16 minutes since the previous Croatian strike. At the other end everything Croatia put into the zone was blocked. Nothing could get through as goals became a distant memory. Much of that can be put down to Greece’s sensational goalkeeper, Nikolaos Mitrakis, deservedly named best in water. Greece will be saying: “Bring on Serbia” in Friday’s golden finale.

 

Photos: Eszter Novak

Serbia will play defending champion Greece in the gold medal final of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at the Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait on Friday.

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18Dec2019

Day 7: Serbia-Italy; Croatia-Greece semifinals at Junior Water Polo Champs

FINA Men’s Water Polo World Junior Championships 2019
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Match 50, 08:00, CHINA 19 RUSSIA 7
Results & Teams

Match 50, 09:20, CHINA 7 RUSSIA 19

Quarters: 1-5, 3-4, 1-4, 2-6

Referees: Amirhossein Safabakhsh (IRI), Noboru Yamazaki (JPN)

Extra man:  CHN: 3/10. RUS: 3/9.

Penalties: RUS: 1/1.

Teams:

CHINA: Junjiong Wang, Xingmeng He (1), Boren Shi (1), Lei Yuan, Guan Ou, Beiyi Wang (1), Luobin Liu (1), Yingyi Gao (3), Yi Lu, Yile Cheng, Beile Zhu, Mingtao Wu, Haotian Zhou. Head Coach: Ji Shen.

RUSSIA: Igor Chirkov, Sergei Mersh (1), Nikita Serebrennikov, Emil Zinnurov (2), Zamir Mirziev (1), Iaroslav Nikolaev, Nikita Mikhailov (4), Askar Makhiyanov (1), Valerii Pelikh (5), Ivan Vasilev (3), Danill Frolov (1), Egor Vasilev (1), Danila Apultchin. Head Coach: Sergei Voronin.

Report

Russia earned a shot at 13th place with a resounding 19-7 victory over China. The power behind the win was Valerii Pelikh with five goals, three from centre forward with one a superb, controlled turn, baulk and shot. With a 9-4 advantage at halftime, Russia was always going to win and surged to 13-5 by the final break. China had to work for every goal and captain Yingyi Gao was tireless, scoring three into the bargain. China will go to the play-off for 15th.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 51, 09:20, BRAZIL 11 IRAN 8
Results & Teams

Match 51, 10:40, BRAZIL 11 IRAN 8

Quarters: 4-1, 2-0, 3-5, 2-2

Referees: David Gomez (ESP), Peter La Marque
(RSA)

Extra man: BRA: ¼. IRI: 2/7.

Penalties: BRA: 2/2. IRI: 1/1.

Teams:

BRAZIL: Joao Silveira, Lucas Santos, Luiz Scarabelim, Felipe Ferreira, Nicholas Fichman (1), Bruno Chiappini, Italo Vizacre (5), Thomas Campedelli (1), Raul Morales, Marcos Pires (3), Vincius Pessin (1), Gabriel Galvane, Joao Fernandes. Head Coach: Thiago Nascimento.

IRAN: Mohammad Bayat, Omid Aghaei (2), Seyeedalireza Pourang, Khashayar Ghareh, Hossein Lalehsiahpirani (3), Mohammadamin Hassany, Mahdi Barzegarisharifabad, Pouria Fatehi, Amirreza Jalilipour (1), Amirali Moradinoghondar (1), Ali Lotfi, Omid Khosor (1), Mohammad Hassany. Head Coach: Gholami Majid.

Report

Brazil led 7-2 early in the third period and then had to withstand a torrid Iranian comeback before settling on the victory. Brazil will now play for the 17th classification and Iran will go to the 19th-place classification. Brazil started with four goals, kept Iran scoreless in the second quarter went to 8-3 before Iran awoke and scored three straight for 8-5. Goals were traded either side of the final break so at 6:00 Iran was in striking distance at 9-7 down. A big defensive game ensnared the match and it was not until 3:17 that Thomas Campedelli gave Brazil breathing space with a score on extra-man attack for 10-7. Iran tried hard and took a timeout with a minute and a half left, but turned the ball over, dowsing the fire. Marcos Pires scored from close in and Hossein Lalehsiahpirani scored his third from the penalty line flour seconds from time for the final result. Italo Vizacre, named player of the match, scored the longest shot of the competition when he fired a projectile from 20m to close the third period for 9-6 when there was just 1.5 seconds left on the clock at the restart from a goal. It was his fifth goal of the match.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 52, 10:40, SOUTH AFRICA 8 EGYPT 7
Results & Teams

Match 52, 12:00, SOUTH AFRICA 8 EGYPT 7

Quarters: 1-1, 1-2, 3-2, 3-2

Referees: Nenad Golijanin
(SRB), Gabor Vogel (HUN)

Extra man: RSA: 5/7. EGY: 5/8.

Penalties: RSA: 1/1.

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Keegan Clark, Mogamad Mayman, Christopher Beamish, Ethan Coryndon-Baker, Todd Howard (4), Ross Stone (1), Joshua Faber (1), Jonathan Swanepoel (2), David MacDonald, William Dowsett, Yaseen Margro, James Hablutzel, Barnard van Rooyen. Head Coach: Jason Sileno.

EGYPT: Marwan Reda, Youssef Amer, Abderahman Hamed, Ahmed Elsapagh (1), Mahmoud Maghwry, Karim Saleh, Mohanad Farahat (5), Mohamed Ziyad, Mohamed Rezk, Eissa Bassel (1), Adham Saleh, Mahmoud Elzayat, Marwan Makarem. Head Coach: Konstantinos Vamvakaris.

Report

This was the clash of the African continent with the last five matches between the pair yielding a win each and three draws. It was similar today with the first period 1-1 and the second 2-2 for most of the quarter before Mohanad Farahat broke the deadlock with an excellent six-metre-foul rocket. Todd Howard was at his best with South Africa’s two goals. The margin pushed out to two at the start of the third period as Eissa Bassel turned at centre forward for the easiest of goals. Jonathan Swanepoel lifted South African spirits with identical shots from the top in two minutes to draw level. Then Joshua Faber’s conversion of penalty foul needed a VAR decision to give South Africa the lead once more. Farahat responded on extra from the top and the match had its third level score. Egypt tried a ploy off a timeout, to no avail and the match went to the fourth period even. Two wonderful shots took South Africa to 7-5 with Howard netting a third while heavily defended deep left and Ross Stone used the next attack to gain a six-metre foul and proceeded to send in a spectacular three-quarter helicopter backhand. Farahat nailed his fourth on extra from the top for 7-6 at 4:47 and then converted extra at 3:11 to level and enthralling match. Howard gained his fourth when on extra-man attack, he snapped the ball in from two metres before the defender had time to leave. It was 8-7 at 2:50. Both teams had shots blocked. South Africa attacked and gained an exclusion foul, going to a timeout at 1:12. South Africa botched the attack and Egypt called a timeout. The final pass went to Mahmoud Elzayat who shot from seven metres and Keegan Clark blocked and the ball rebounded high and came down on the line necessitating a VAR decision. No goal! South Africa retained the ball for 20 seconds and had the victory. Howard was named best in water. South Africa will now play Russia for 13th place and Egypt will clash with China for 15th position on Thursday.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 53, 12:00, NEW ZEALAND 4 HUNGARY 20
Results & Teams

Match 53, 12:00, NEW ZEALAND 4 HUNGARY 20

Quarters: 2-6, 1-1, 0-5, 1-8

Referees: Hatem Gaber
(EGY), Liang Zhang (CHN)

Extra man: NZL: 0/7. HUN: 3/8.

Penalties: HUN: 1/2.

Teams:

NEW ZEALAND: Joshua de Reeper, Louie Ferigo, Hamish Sullivan, Louis Clark, Calum de Jager, Brandon Matthews, James Catlin (2), Loui Schuler, Sam Ratima, Matt Morris, Rowan Brown (1), Nicholas Paterson (1), Bae Fountain. Head Coach: Lionel Randall.

HUNGARY: Mark Banyai, Peter Sugar, Botond Bobis (4), Benedek Baksa (2), Marton Magyar (2), Gyorgy Agh (3), Mate Dala (3), Andras Turnai (1), Vince Vigvari (1), Gergo Fekete (1), Zsombor Szeghalmi (3), Mate Aranyi, Marton Mizsei. Head Coach: Kristof Kemeny.

Report

Hungary, still stunned by the one-goal loss to Montenegro the night before, made sure of its quest to play for the highest spot possible, in this case, ninth. A 3-0 start shifted to 6-2 by quarter time and 7-2 at the start of the second. To the Kiwis’ credit, they then kept Hungary scoreless for the rest of the period and even scored off a rebound by captain James Catlin in the final minute for 7-3. Hungary shut out the Kiwis in the third and managed to get centre forward Louis Clark and Matt Morris out on three fouls.  The five-goal haul included a penalty strike and two magnificent counter-attack conversions. New Zealander Rowan Brown flicked a rebound over the head of Hungarian goalkeeper Mark Banyai to start the fourth. The juggernaut Hungarians took over and rattled in four goals before New Zealand called a timeout to try and arrest the charge, but there was no change to the scoreboard. In fact, Hungary netted four more  and Mate Dala was named player of the match. New Zealand now goes to the play-off for 11th, a huge step up from 18th two years ago in Belgrade, Serbia. Hungary, European bronze medallist and a three-time winner and 13-time medallist, has slipped badly from fourth two years ago.

 

Match 54, 13:20, AUSTRALIA 8 CANADA 11
Results & Teams

Match 54, 13:20, L47 AUSTRALIA 8 CANADA 11

Quarters: 1-1, 3-4, 2-2, 2-4

Referees: Harvey Hinds (CUR), German Moller (ARG)

Extra man: AUS: 4/9. CAN: 6/9.

Penalties: Nil.

Teams:

AUSTRALIA: John Hedges, Jack Rector (1), Matthew Murphy, Lachlan Vos (2), Matthew Oberman, James Gillfeather, Hugh Anstey (1), Charlie Negus (4), Alastair Bruce, Nicholas Taylor, Lewis Putt, Matthew Byrnes, Flynn Mais. Head Coach: Andrew Yanitsas.

CANADA: Brody McKnight, Antonios Giannatsis, Bogdan Djerkovic (3), Jeremie Coté (5), Harrison Henning (1), Nick Seredjuc, Kyril Marinov, Bor Tanasijevic, Stefan Dabic, Stephen Gloade, Max MacMillan, Reuel D’Souza (2), Minos Kotzambasis. Head Coach: Brian Parillo.

Report

The clash of the Commonwealth nations went in favour of Canada after six tied scores. The final 4-2 period was the difference and the match was dominated by big scorers, no more than senior international Jeremie Coté with five and four to Australian captain Charlie Negus. It was a tight opener with a goal each and an up-tempo second spell as Canada went to 3-1; Australia levelling at three and four. Negus scored at 0:13 and the Aussies took Coté for granted as he slammed in the 5-4 goal with just seconds to spare. Australia levelled for the third time through Negus to start the third quarter. Coté quickly restored order for Canada on extra and Harrison Henning made it a two-goal margin once again, receiving an angled cross pass to two metres, steering it in from on high. Negus converted a quick extra-man attack in the bottom left for 6-7 inside the last minute to tie the period, but trail 7-6. On the first Aussie attack, Negus latched on to a cross pass meant for the player behind him and whipped it into goal for the fifth tied score. Hugh Anstey drilled one from the top and Australia had its second lead. Coté snapped in his third goal when poorly guarded and Bogdan Djerkovic did what he does best at two metres to regain the lead for Canada. Coté did more damage from deep left on extra and the two-goal margin was restored, again. Djerkovic put the match beyond Australia with a fumbled centre forward goal that he would be happy with at 1:53. Canada botched a timeout play and Australia had a shot blocked, the match dying as a contest. Canada will now take on Hungary for ninth place and Australia will have another Commonwealth clash, with New Zealand — this time for 11th position — whom Australia needed a huge comeback to beat 8-7 on day three.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 49, 14:40, UZBEKISTAN 23 KUWAIT 9
Results & Teams

Match 49, 14:40, UZBEKISTAN 23 KUWAIT 9

Quarters: 5-5, 7-0, 7-3, 4-1

Referees: Luca Bianco (ITA), Mikhail Dykman (CAN)


Extra man: UZB: 6/11. KUW: 1/9.

Penalties: UZB: 1/2. KUW: 3/5.

Teams:

UZBEKISTAN: Abdullo Yokubjonov, Mukhammadyusuf Dedabaev (1), Jakhongir Sobirjonov (2), Asadbek Kenjaev (1), Azizbek Turgunov (1), Asadbek Azizov, Zaven Osipyan (3), Azizbek Botirov (1), Javokhir Kutmonbekov (7), Asorbek Yusufjanov (1), Sukhrob Khoshimov (5), Muzaffarbek Makhmudjonov (1), Shokhboz Usmonjonov. Head Coach: Oleg Pletnev.

KUWAIT: Yousef Almotar, Abdullah Jasem (2), Saud Alotaibi (1), Ali Hasan, Abduirahman Alwazan, Manaf Almajadi, Abdulwahab Hasan, Mobarak Dashti (5), Hassan Dashti, Abdullah Alhammad, Mohammad Ashkanani (1), Yousef Alfaressi, Sultan Alsultan. Head Coach: Markos Markoglou.

Report

Uzbekistan will play Brazil for 17th position on Thursday while host Kuwait will clash with Iran for 19th. Uzbekistan had the faster swimmers and caned Kuwait on counter-attack. It was sad for Kuwait, as at 5-5 by the end of the first quarter, the match was going well. However, Uzbekistan countered at every opportunity to win the period 8-0. The third also went well for the Uzbeks, winning 7-3. The assault continued in the last, although Kuwait was still exciting the crowd with its devotion to duty and occasional goal. In its six matches, Kuwait has scored 45 goals.

Referee Luca Bianco (ITA) — Photos Eszter Novak

Match 55, 16:00, SERBIA 10 MONTENEGRO 9
Results & Teams

Match 55, 16:00, SERBIA 10 MONTENEGRO 9

Quarters: 1-1, 2-4, 4-2, 3-2

Referees: Darren Spiritosanto (USA), Irfan Sadekov (RUS)

Extra man: SRB: 4/13. MNE: 3/10.

Penalties: MNE: 1/1.

Teams:

SERBIA: Pavle Gavrilovic, Stefan Brankovic (3), Andrej Barac (1), Aleksa Nesic, Nemanja Stanojevic (1), Petar Mitrovic, Dorde Vucinic (4), Aleksa Cvetkovic, Vasilije Martinovic, Kristian Sulc (1), Luka Pijevancic, Marko Radovic, Vladimir Misovic. Head Coach: Uros Stevanovic.

MONTENEGRO: Darko Durovic, Nebojsa Vuskovic (4), Savo Cetkovic, Uros Vucurovic (1), Aljosa Macic (1), Danilo Radovic (2), Luka Murisic, Petar Mijuskovic (1), Miroslav Perkovic, Vuk Draskovic, Branko Franeta, Alen Isljamovic. Head Coach: Veljko Uskokovic.

Report

This was an unusual clash in that the two countries were once combined and won this championship in 2003 and 2005. Serbia went on to win the crown in its own right in 2011 and 2015 and two years ago, at home, claimed the bronze medal. Montenegro has yet to win a medal in its name at this level. Despite the title it was all about now and what could happen in the pool today and these even teams showed skills beyond their years. There were counters, solid centre-forward play and brilliant defence. Centre forwards were gaining exclusions on which to build the attack, rather than fire individual goals. There was tension throughout and when Serbia came back to level the match a minute from three-quarter time, the match was ON. The earlier play was dominated by the finishing of Dorde Vucinic for Serbia and Montenegro’s Nebojsa Vuskovic. They were imposing a scorched-earth policy as they scored from around the arc at will — both netting four goals. Scores were tied at one, two, three and then Montenegro started dominating, going to 5-3 at the halftime break; 6-4 and 7-5 three minutes from the final-quarter buzzer. Serbia thrust back through Andrej Barac on counter with a lob after a long pass from the goalkeeper and then Kristian Sulc levelled with an outside explosion, the last score of the period. Petar Mijuskovic, such a star this week, came on to the scoresheet with what appeared an easy centre-forward turn three minutes into the fourth. The Stefan Brankovic factor was exposed by Serbia, the lanky player rising high for consecutive goals for a Serbian 9-8 advantage. Aljosa Macic barred the ball into goal from seven metres for 9-9 at 3:26. Serbia called a timeout and Brankovic made it three Russian goals in a row for the all-important 10-9 lead at 2:19. It progressed to the final minute and Russia attacked with its shot being tipped over the back line at 0:35. Montenegro stole the ball at 0:19 and the call for a timeout stopped the clock at 0:17. The resulting shot came from Danilo Radovic, but it was blocked and Serbia progressed as the first semifinalist.

Footnote: Dusan Matkovic was not on the bench for Montenegro, having been suspended for brutality from Tuesday’s victory over Hungary. He was cited following the match after review and was given a two-match suspension, thus missing Thursday’s semifinals.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 56, 17:20, SPAIN 6 CROATIA 7
Results & Teams

Match 56, 17:20, SPAIN 6 CROATIA 7

Quarters: 3-1, 1-2, 0-3, 2-1

Referees: Michiel Zwart (NED), Sinisa Matijasevic
(MNE)

Extra man: ESP: 3/13. CRO: 2/9.

Penalties: CRO: 1/1.

Teams:

SPAIN: Unai Aguirre, Bernat Sanahuja (1), Albert Ponferrada (1), Sergio Prieto, Pau Linares (1), Fran Valera (1), Lluc Bertran, Victor Alegre, Oscar Montes (1), Nikolas Paul, Oriol Rodriguez (1), Oscar Asensio, Victor Garcia. Head Coach: Svilen Ivanov.

CROATIA: Jerko Jurlina, Ivan Malenica, Karlo Krekovic, Marin Vrdoljak (1), Luka Bajic, Filip Krzic (1), Goran Solje, Branimir Herceg (2), Jerko Penava (2), Matias Biljaka (2), Marko Zuvela, Lovro Paparic, Eugen Sunara. Head Coach: Josko Krekovic.

Report

European silver medallist Spain had the game going to plan in the first quarter, holding out Croatia 3-1 with Albert Ponferrada sending in the skinniest of shots, squeezing it in the bottom right from his top-right position. Fortune swung the way of Croatia in the second spell with Matias Biljaka scoring from wide left and Marin Vrdoljak making it 4-3 from the penalty line after Spanish captain Oriol Rodriguez drilled one from the right. Jerko Penava levelled when his shot from deep left bounced off the hands of goalkeeper Unai Aguirre. The wild shooting of the first half was curtailed in the second as teams aimed for any advantage. One of the best goals so far was Branimir Herceg’s second goal as he drove to goal, accepted a high pass, had his head under water, waved the ball a few times in the face of Aguirre and scored. When Filip Krzic came in from deep right to score, Croatia was 6-4 ahead and Spain scoreless for nearly nine minutes. The pain for Spain continued until three-quarter time as Croatia maintained its two-goal margin and Spain had crossed Croatia’s line just once in 17 minutes. Spain levelled through Fran Valera on extra from the six-metre line after Oscar Montes had earlier narrowed the gap with a cross-pass conversion on extra-man attack. That was just inside five minutes, but soon after, Croatia called a timeout and 18 seconds later, Penava converted the extra for what proved to be the winning goal. Neither teams could score for more than four minutes.  Three errors by Spain in the last few minutes put paid to any semifinals hopes. Once the wind played failed to see the free man on the far post on extra and twice the ball was fired from the top into the belly of the goalkeeper. That, and the fact the team did not press the ball in the dying seconds to force a possible draw and the shootout. Pre-tournament favourite Spain now has to battle the 5-8 semifinals. Croatia has a chance to make the final and go one better than the silver medal of 2017.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 57, 18:40, ITALY 17 JAPAN 5
Results & Teams

Match 57, 18:40, ITALY 17 JAPAN 5

Quarters: 5-2, 5-2, 3-0, 4-1

Referees: Nikolaos Boudramis
(GRE), Vlaho Radichevic (CRO)

Extra man: ITA: 3/3. JPN: 1/4.

Penalties: JPN: 0/3

Teams:

ITALY: Francisco di Donna, Massimo di Martire (2), Filippo Ferrero, Mattia Antonucci, Andrea Narciso, Gianpiero di Martire, Mario Guidi (1), Ettore Novara (8), Michele Mezzarobba (3), Vincenzo Tozzi, Matteo Spione (2), Andrea Tartaro (1), Francesco de Michelis. Head Coach: Carlo Silipo.

JAPAN: Tomoharu Shinto, Toi Suzuki, Shun Kobayashi (1), Shohei Yamada, Fumiya Tsuta, Naoki Aoyama, Goro Hizume, Eisuke Takahashi (1), Takumu Miyazawa, Yusuke Inaba (2), Yuki Maita (1), Taiyo Watanabe, Kentaro Tani. Head Coach: Takamitsu Nakashima.

 

Report

European champion Italy is just two wins away from adding the world title to its trophy cabinet and emulate its senior team after its win in Gwangju, South Korea in August. Its reward for tonight is a face-off with Serbia in the semifinals. The courage and strength of the Italians proved a mighty hurdle for Japan, which has been surprising and stunning people with its brilliance in Kuwait. Japan’s last-gasp clincher against Australia the night before might have taken it out of the team. Italy marched to 5-2 and 10-4 at the first two breaks and crushed the Japanese fast-breaking style with some breaks of its own. Centre forward Ettore Novara relished the rumble, smashing home five goals in the first half, completely demoralising the Asian stars. The biggest gasps came when superstar senior international Yusuke Inaba, who plies his water polo trade in Romania, had two of his penalty attempts blocked by Francesco de Michelis. In the third, Japan was hesitant on attack, but at the time ticked by regained some mojo and started to make chances. However, the total Italian defence and a couple of Massimo de Martire scores left Japan scoreless and trailing 13-4 heading into the final eight minutes. Novara added three more to his tally where he was totally dominant at two metres, the Japanese failing to nullify him. The Japanese now have play Montenegro to have a shot at fifth place.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 58, 20:00, GREECE 15 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 12 in penalty shootout (FT: 11-11. Pens: 4-1)
Results & Teams

Match 58, 20:00, GREECE 15 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 12 in penalty shootout (FT: 11-11. Pens: 4-1)

Quarters: 2-4, 3-3, 3-2, 3-2.

Referees: Adil Aimbetov (KAZ), Michael Brooks (NZL)

Extra man: GRE: 7/13. USA: 3/14

Penalties: GRE: 2/2.

Teams:

GREECE: Stylianos Dalmaras, Efstathios Kalogeropoulos (2+1), Ioannis Alafragkis, Konstaninos Gkiouvetsis (4), Dimitrios Nikolaidis (2+1), Alexandros Papanastasiou (2+1), Konstantinos Kakaris (1), Charalampos Rompopoulos, Efstathios Papageorgiou, Michail Diplaros, Aristeidis Chalyvopoulos (+1), Michail Goniotakis, Nikolaos Mitrakis. Head Coach: Theodoros Lorantos.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Adrian Weinberg, Quinten Osborne (3), Marko Vavic, Tommy Gruwell (1), Leo Yuno, Garrett Zaan, Hannes Daube (2), Jacob Ehrhardt (3), Mason McQuet, Ash Molthen (1+1), Quinn Woodhead (1), Warren Loth, Kent Emden. Head Coach: Jack Kocur.

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Greece shot a perfect penalty shootout to surpass United States of America in a controversy-packed match that USA led 4-0 early. More controversy reigned with Greek head coach Theodoros Lorantos unhappy with decisions and constantly coming over the line on defence. He was warned, yellow carded and warned again. He was subsequently red-carded at 5:01 in the second quarter. He stayed close to the team yelling orders and was ushered further into the stands and even further. He was probably frustrated from the United States of America onslaught that had four goals on four attacks. That was when he gained the yellow card. Greece pulled two back by the quarter break. USA went 5-2 at the start of the second and when centre forward Konstantinos Kakaris fired in a two-metre goal, Lorantos was issued his marching orders. Greek skipper Alexandros Papanastasiou went deep left and lobbed for 5-4. Quinten Osborne, who scored the first two goals in similar fashion on extra-man attack, sent in a backhand from centre forward for 6-4.  Goals were traded to close the half, USA obviously happy with 7-5. Hannes Daube increased the margin at the start of the third with a sliding shot from deep left. Quinn Woodhead was smiling big time after bouncing in a shot from wide right, boosting the margin to four. The joy was short lived as Papanastasiou rifled in a long shot on the next attack, Osborne collected his third major foul and Dimitrios Nikolaidis slammed in the conversion off the left post for 9-7. Papanastasiou drove down the left and attracted the penalty foul, sending Konstaninos Gkiouvetsis to the line for the conversion and 9-8. The fourth quarter opened with another Gkiouvetsis penalty strike and then he scored an extra-man goal for 10-9 and the lead for the first time. The large Greek crowd was ecstatic and very noisy. USA captain Jacob Ehrhardt equalised from the top at 2:27. Greece scored a goal, but the player who retrieved the ball was inside two metres and the player he passed to sent the ball into goal illegally. A buzzer problem occurred where no one took onus for the buzz, and the stoppage lasted for more than five minutes. USA called a timeout at 1:00 and the play went to Ehrhardt who turned quickly off the right post to put away the 11-10 shot. Greece went to a timeout at 0:11 and miraculously, Efstathios Kalogeropoulos converted extra-man attack at an almost unlikely half a second from time to force the shootout. Greece shot four straight and USA had the first shot blocked and the second hit the left upright while the third was converted. The fourth Greek missile ended USA’s dreams.

Footnote: USA head coach Alex Rodriguez returned to the pool following a hospital visit that sidelined him since last Friday. Assistant coach Jack Kocur has been deputising for him.

Photos: Eszter Novak

 It is the seventh day with quarterfinal matches of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at the Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait.

In the round 1-8 quarter-finals, Serbia came back from 5-3 down at halftime to best Montenegro 10-9 in a match that was level six times and the winner came from Stefan Brankovic who broke the match open with Serbia's last three goals.

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17Dec2019

Day 6: FINA World Junior Champs yields miracle victory

FINA Men’s Water Polo World Junior Championships 2019
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Match 41, 09:30, CHINA 18 UZBEKISTAN 10
Results & Teams

Match 41, 09:30, CHINA 18 UZBEKISTAN 10

Quarters: 4-3, 5-0, 4-3, 5-4

Referees: Noboru Yamazaki (JPN), Fabio Toffoli
(BRA)

Extra man: CHN: 0/9. UZB: 1/9.

Penalties: CHN: 2/2. UZB: 1/1.

Teams:

CHINA: Junjiong Wang, Xingmeng He (1), Boren Shi (2), Lei Yuan, Guan Ou, Beiyi Wang (4), Luobin Liu (1), Yingyi Gao (2), Yi Lu (2), Yile Cheng (3), Beile Zhu (3), Mingtao Wu, Haotian Zhou. Head Coach: Ji Shen.

UZBEKISTAN: Abdullo Yokubjonov, Mukhammadyusuf Dedabaev, Jakhongir Sobirjonov (1), Asadbek Kenjaev, Azizbek Turgunov (2), Asadbek Azizov, Zaven Osipyan (3), Azizbek Botirov, Javokhir Kutmonbekov (2), Asorbek Yusufjanov, Sukhrob Khoshimov (2), Muzaffarbek Makhmudjonov, Shokhboz Usmonjonov. Head Coach: Oleg Pletnev.

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China collected its second win in the tournament and will now progress to the classification semifinals for places 13-16. Uzbekistan heads to the 17-20 semifinals on Wednesday. China started well and captain Yingyi Gao could have had three consecutive goals if his third shot survived the VAR decision. Uzbekistan was denied a goal when it was 4-2, sending in a long lobbing shot from 12 metres. It was falling short, so the centre forward tipped it over his head into goal. It was disallowed as the buzzer for possession blew before the two-metre man touched it. Joy did come for Uzbekistan when Javokhir Kutmonbekov beat the buzzer for 4-3 at the break. There was no joy for Uzbekistan in the second quarter as China swam in five goals and added a sixth in a row at the start of the third. Uzbekistan responded through Osipyan from the top and Jakhongir Sobirjonov from the right, the ball just dribbling across the line when initially blocked by the goalkeeper. China responded in kind, moving to 13-6 by the final break. The score lifted to 15-6 before Osipyan gained his third and 16-7 when Beiyi Wang scored his fourth China was scoring plenty on counter while Uzbekistan’s counters generally failed at the last moment with goalie blocks. Uzbekistan was not to be denied more goals and fired in another three to bring up 10 goals to add to the 23 scored in the group stage. Both teams are getting better and will display those skills in the final two days of their competition.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 43, 10:50, SOUTH AFRICA 7 BRAZIL 6
Results & Teams

Match 43, 10:50, SOUTH AFRICA 7 BRAZIL 6

Quarters: 2-1, 3-4, 1-1, 1-0

Referees: Darren Spiritosanto (USA), Amirhossein Safabakhsh (IRI)

Extra man: RSA: 1/3. BRA: 2/6.

Penalties: RSA: 2/2. BRA: 1/1.

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Keegan Clark, Mogamad Mayman, Christopher Beamish (2), Ethan Coryndon-Baker, Todd Howard (1), Ross Stone, Joshua Faber (1), Jonathan Swanepoel (1), David MacDonald, William Dowsett (1), Yaseen Margro (1), James Hablutzel, Barnard van Rooyen. Head Coach: Jason Sileno.

BRAZIL: Joao Silveira, Lucas Santos (2), Luiz Scarabelim, Felipe Ferreira, Nicholas Fichman, Bruno Chiappini (1), Italo Vizacre (3), Thomas Campedelli, Raul Morales, Marcos Pires, Vincius Pessin, Gabriel Galvane, Joao Fernandes. Head Coach: Thiago Nascimento.

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South Africa will progress further up the ladder with its first victory while Brazil will be unhappy to be playing in the lower groups. This was one of the most thrilling matches of the tournament with goalkeeper determining the result. There was nothing in it in the first half with South Africa heading out to 3-1 with the first goal of the second quarter and then Brazil going three straight, including two from Italo Vizacre. His first was from the penalty line. Earlier two of South Africa’s goals were from the five-metre line as well. In the final three minutes, South Africa had the better 2-1 to bring up a 5-5 impasse at the switch over. Two minutes into the third and Vizacre had his third, coming on counter-attack. As hard as South Africa worked, it struggled to get through the arms of Brazilian goalkeeper Joao Fernandes. In fact, a new player hit the water and Yaseen Margro scored his first goal of the tournament from the top to level at 6-6, 37 seconds from time. Brazil had two chances to score, one being blocked and a failure to shoot from the resulting rebound sealing the quarter. Keegan Clark was on fire in the South African goal as well, meaning two top goalkeepers were helping keep the score low. William Dowsett accepted a cross-pool pass on extra to being it down into the goal for 7-6 at 3:06 — what proved to be the winning goal. Brazil went to a timeout at 1:03, but could not get away a shot that reached the goalie. Brazil gained the ball again and lost it so South Africa retained the ball for most of its possession with one player ill-advisably taking an early shot with eight seconds left of possession, however, Brazil could not get the ball upfield fast enough and found itself consigned to a lower group in the classifications. Beamish was named the match’s best player, although either goalkeeper could easily have won the award.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 44, 12:10, EGYPT 11 IRAN 7
Results & Teams

Match 44, 12:10, EGYPT 11 IRAN 7

Quarters: 2-2, 4-0, 2-4, 3-1

Referees: Irfan Sadekov (RUS), Mikhail Dykman (CAN)


Extra man: EGY: 2/3. IRI: ¼.

Penalties: EGY: 0/2. IRI: 0/1.

Teams:

EGYPT: Marwan Reda, Youssef Amer, Abderahman Hamed, Ahmed Elsapagh (2), Mahmoud Maghwry, Karim Saleh, Mohanad Farahat (1), Mohamed Ziyad (2), Mohamed Rezk (1), Eissa Bassel (3), Adham Saleh (3), Mahmoud Elzayat, Marwan Makarem. Head Coach: Konstantinos Vamvakaris.

IRAN: Mohammad Bayat, Omid Aghaei, Seyeedalireza Pourang, Khashayar Ghareh (2), Hossein Lalehsiahpirani (1), Mohammadamin Hassany, Mahdi Barzegarisharifabad (1), Pouria Fatehi, Amirreza Jalilipour (1), Amirali Moradinoghondar, Ali Lotfi, Omid Khosor (2), Mohammad Hassany. Head Coach: Gholami Majid.

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Egypt celebrated its first win here, never being headed despite Iran levelling at one and two. A 5-0 second quarter always meant Iran’s target was mostly out of reach. At 7-2 early in the third period, Egypt looked like cruising to victory. It had control of the second period, shutting out Iran and even blocking an Iranian penalty attempt. Life was good and thoughts of a high ranking flooded through the team. Iran had other ideas. Following a stern chat at halftime, Iran allow the long shot to see the margin slip to five, but then decided to get into the game and stop the silly passes and poor shooting options. Three consecutive goals brought the match to within two, although Egypt scored through Ahmed Elsapagh on extra-man attack. With the clock counting down, Omid Khosor wanted to have his name forever inscribed on a world championship scoresheet, scoring from the right for 8-6 and a blockbuster 4-2 period. Powerful centre forward Eissa Bassel made it 9-6. It could have gone higher at this point as Mohamed Rezk lined up for the penalty shot, which was unfortunately blocked. Of the two Egyptian and one Iranian penalty attempts, all three were stopped. Goals were traded soon after and the task for Iran was getting harder. The final straw that broke the camel’s back was when Mohanad Farahat sent in the winner from the top on extra at 1:03 to push the margin to four, which Iran could narrow.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 45, 13:30, CROATIA 15 NEW ZEALAND 6
Results & Teams

Match 45, 13:30, CROATIA 15 NEW ZEALAND 6

Quarters: 3-0, 3-1, 4-3, 5-2

Referees: Harvey Hinds (CUR), Liang Zhang (CHN)

Extra man: CRO: 3/5. NZL: 1/8.

Penalties: CRO: 4/5.

Teams:

CROATIA: Jerko Jurlina, Ivan Malenica, Karlo Krekovic (2), Marin Vrdoljak (2), Luka Bajic (1), Filip Krzic, Goran Solje (3), Branimir Herceg, Jerko Penava (2), Matias Biljaka (1), Marko Zuvela (2), Lovro Paparic (2), Eugen Sunara. Head Coach: Josko Krekovic.

NEW ZEALAND: Joshua de Reeper, Louie Ferigo, Hamish Sullivan, Louis Clark, Calum de Jager, Brandon Matthews (1), James Catlin, Loui Schuler (1), Sam Ratima, Matt Morris, Rowan Brown (1), Nicholas Paterson (3), Bae Fountain. Head Coach: Lionel Randall.

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Croatia has booked itself a quarter-final clash with Spain, one of the big favourites in Kuwait. Croatia was never in doubt, having superior firepower and the ability to draw penalty fouls. The Kiwis worked hard on stopping the awesome Croatian two-metre men, but they managed to secure a handful of penalty fouls and finally broke through with a goal to Lovro Paparic late in the third period. Croatia found it hard at times to get the flow going with such tenacious defence by New Zealand. The 5-0 opening lead proved critical at the end as the Kiwis matched Croatia for a large chunk of the middle of the match. The all-round power of the Croatians shone through with eight players making the scoresheet and the ability to outlast a team was evident as the 10-4 final-break advantage expanded in the last quarter. For the Kiwis, Nicholas Paterson scored three goals, Louis Clark was tireless at two metres and goalkeeper Bae Fountain had a solid first three quarters. Marko Zuvela (CRO) was named best player.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 42, 14:50, RUSSIA 17 KUWAIT 7
Results & Teams

Match 42, 14:50, RUSSIA 17 KUWAIT 7

Quarters: 5-4, 5-0, 4-3, 3-0

Referees: Hatem Gaber 
(EGY), Sinisa Matijasevic
 (MNE)

Extra man: RUS: 5/6. KUW: 2/7.

Penalties: KUW: 1/2.

Teams:

RUSSIA: Igor Chirkov, Sergei Mersh, Nikita Serebrennikov (3), Emil Zinnurov, Zamir Mirziev (3), Iaroslav Nikolaev (1), Nikita Mikhailov (5), Askar Makhiyanov (2), Valerii Pelikh, Ivan Vasilev, Danill Frolov, Egor Vasilev (3), Danila Apultchin. Head Coach: Sergei Voronin.

KUWAIT: Yousef Almotar, Abdullah Jasem (1), Saud Alotaibi (1), Ali Hasan, Abduirahman Alwazan (1), Manaf Almajadi, Abdulwahab Hasan, Mobarak Dashti (1), Hassan Dashti, Abdullah Alhammad, Mohammad Ashkanani (3), Yousef Alfaressi, Sultan Alsultan. Head Coach: Markos Markoglou.

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Russia will play China for the right to go to the 13-14 classification match when they clash on Wednesday. Kuwait has made another step in its development with two excellent quarters against a much higher-ranked nation. Kuwait put on a fantastic first-quarter display, netting four goals with a variety of shots — from 10m (Mobarak Dashti), extra-man attack (Abduirahman Alwazan), centre forward backhand (Mohammad Ashkanani) and from the penalty line (Abdullah Jasem). Russia needed a VAR decision of one of its five goals, two of which came on counter-attack. , something it repeated in the fourth. Kuwait nearly matches Russia in the third and would have if its penalty attempt was not blocked by the Russian goalkeeper. Russia went on counter and made some telling passes in the second period. Ashkanani added two from centre forward, including a repeat of his trademark helicopter backhand. Nikita Mikhailov was devastating with five goals in a team of stars. Kuwait will now play Uzbekistan and must fancy its chances to go to the 17-18 classification match.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 46, 16:10, HUNGARY 14 MONTENEGRO 15
Results & Teams

Match 46, 16:10, HUNGARY 14 MONTENEGRO 15

Quarters: 2-3, 4-6, 3-3, 5-3

Referees: German Moller (ARG), Luca Bianco (ITA)

Extra man: HUN: 8/16. MNE: 5/11.

Penalties: NIL.

Teams:

HUNGARY: Mark Banyai, Peter Sugar, Botond Bobis (3), Benedek Baksa (2), Marton Magyar (1), Gyorgy Agh, Mate Dala (2), Andras Turnai, Vince Vigvari (1), Gergo Fekete (4), Zsombor Szeghalmi (1), Mate Aranyi, Marton Mizsei. Head Coach: Kristof Kemeny.

MONTENEGRO: Darko Durovic, Nebojsa Vuskovic (4), Savo Cetkovic (3), Uros Vucurovic (1), Aljosa Macic, Danilo Radovic (1), Luka Murisic, Petar Mijuskovic (3), Miroslav Perkovic (1), Vuk Draskovic, Dusan Matkovic (1), Branko Franeta (1), Alen Isljamovic. Head Coach: Veljko Uskokovic.

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Montenegro will play Serbia in the quarter-finals after an amazing last-gasp victory over Hungary, who will now play outside the eight. Hungary was fourth two years ago and has more medals than anyone else at this age group — 13 — including three titles. Montenegro was the front-runner and deserved the win. Montenegro had the better of the first quarter and nearly went 4-2 up but for a post rebound. Both teams were energetic and the intensity supreme. The shots coming off the hands were like a bolt from a crossbow, packing punch as well as the speed. Strangely enough, two of the Montenegro goals came from lobs with Petar Mijuskovic from right-hand-catch position and Savo Cetkovic at centre forward. Hungary levelled at the start of the second period through captain Gergo Fekete, as he did at the start of the match. Montenegro shot out to 5-3 — once on extra-man attack and the second a slider from the top. Hungary drew blood with two of its own to level before Montenegro once again went two ahead with two well-executed extra-man goals off post players. Botond Bobis scored on double extra to pull one back then Savo Cetkovic sent in his third on extra at 0:42. Hungary failed to make a mark in the last minute and Montenegro called for a timeout, set the play, passed the ball around until it found Mijuskovic bottom left. He made sure of the goal at 0:06 and Montenegro had a three-goal margin to take into the second half. Although Vince Vigvari opened the third period with a goal from deep right, Montenegro slammed in the next two for 11-7 with a third for Mijuskovic. Marton Magyar and Bobis nullified that burst in between Hungarian head coach Kristian Kemeny gaining a yellow card for advancing too far up the pool. Watching in the stands was his famous father Denes Kemeny. On the final Montenegrin attack, Vuskovic captured his third goal and the three-goal margin at 0:14 that would help immensely toward the closing whistle. Bobis converted extra-man attack inside the first minute from the top to a more manageable two-goal deficit. Branko Franeta converted Montenegro’s extra-man and Dala fired from the right side of the pool and caught the shoulder of defender Dusan Matkovic and bouncing into goal, deceiving goalkeeper Darko Durovic and making the score 13-12, the closest since late in the second quarter. Vuskovic rocketed a shot — his fourth — on extra into the cage for 14-12 at 4:30. A turnover call on a Hungarian player helped send the ball right up to two metres to Uros Vucurovic who made no mistake. Baksa replied on the next attack and Fekete, the star of the match, converted extra from the top for 15-14 at 1:13. Montenegro failed to score and Hungary went to a timeout at 0:45 and in the resulting play, the ball was stolen at centre forward. Montenegro called a timeout at 0:22 and then played the ball upfield for victory.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 47, 17:30, JAPAN 11 AUSTRALIA 10
Results & Teams

Match 47, 17:30, JAPAN 11 AUSTRALIA 10

Quarters: 3-1, 5-2, 2-3, 1-4

Referees: Adil Aimbetov (KAZ), David Gomez (ESP)

Extra man: JPN:1/8. AUS: 3/9.

Penalties: JPN: 2/2. AUS: 2/2.

Teams:

JAPAN: Tomoharu Shinto, Toi Suzuki (2), Shun Kobayashi, Shohei Yamada, Fumiya Tsuta (1), Naoki Aoyama, Goro Hizume (1), Eisuke Takahashi, Takumu Miyazawa (1), Yusuke Inaba (4), Yuki Maita (1), Taiyo Watanabe (1), Kentaro Tani. Head Coach: Takamitsu Nakashima.

AUSTRALIA: John Hedges, Jack Rector( 1), Matthew Murphy, Lachlan Vos, Matthew Oberman (1), James Gillfeather (3), Hugh Anstey (2), Charlie Negus (2), Alastair Bruce, Nicholas Taylor, Lewis Putt, Matthew Byrnes (1), Flynn Mais. Head Coach: Andrew Yanitsas.

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Two goals in the final 2.3 seconds sent the stadium into raptures as Japan Australia equalised and then Japan scored the winner on the final buzzer — absolutely amazing as Japan held the third-quarter lead at 10-6 and Australia clawed back to equalise, sadly not going to the quarters. Japan will play Italy in what will be another tantalising match. At the start Australia was stunned by the snappier, perpetual-motion Japanese and took time to adjust, coming back strongly as the final quarter unfolded. Japan screamed to a 3-0 lead thanks to two Yusuke Inaba penalty strikes. The Aussies retrieved two of those goals either side of the quarter before Japan stretched it to 5-2. The speedier team went to the half at 8-3 with Inaba netting a third. Yuki Maita made it 9-3 with Australia coming back into the match with James Gillfeather on the left and captain Charlie Negus collected a pass and turned at centre forward for 9-5. Lachlan Vos had his “goal” overturned by VAR and goals were traded with Gillfeather making it three, on extra-man attack. An Aussie timeout yielded nothing in the closing seconds. Australia opened the final eight minutes with two quick goals, on a Jack Rector drive and a centre forward backhand by Matt Oberman for 10-8 at 6:32. Hugh Anstey took a six-metre free-throw shot to score for 10-9 and Australia found itself so close, having just scored 6-1, meaning Japan scored only one goal in 12 minutes. Australia shut up shop by defending two extra-man attacks and at the other end goalkeeper Tomoharu Shinto made two blinding saves over the back line and then watched as the next Aussie shot went over the top with nearly a minute left in the match. Japan failed to score on its attack and Australia, with desperation in its eyes, went for the jugular for the last time. Gillfeather tried to get a six-metre foul and did not so passed to Negus who tried to get a foul himself. He played the Japanese game and turned his player, shuffled a metre forward and slammed in the equaliser at lightning speed with 2.3 seconds left on the clock, almost lifting the roof off the house. Japan called a timeout and all its players merged on the goalmouth. Inaba took the ball, tossed it in the air and then fired a projectile so fast that it blurred as it touched someone and found the back of the net for the improbable victory.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 48, 18:50, CANADA 6 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 12
Results & Teams

Match 48, 18:50, CANADA 6 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 12

Quarters: 1-4, 1-3, 2-1, 2-4

Referees: Michiel Zwart (NED), Michael Brooks (NZL)

Extra man: CAN: 1/9. USA: 3/5.

Penalties: CAN: 1/1. USA: 2/3.

Teams:

CANADA: Brody McKnight, Antonios Giannatsis, Bogdan Djerkovic (3), Jeremie Cote, Harrison Henning (1), Nick Seredjuc, Kyril Marinov, Bor Tanasijevic, Stefan Dabic, Stephen Gloade (1), Max MacMillan, Reuel D’Souza (1), Minos Kotzambasis. Head Coach: Brian Parillo.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Adrian Weinberg, Quinten Osborne, Marko Vavic (2), Tommy Gruwell (2), Leo Yuno, Garrett Zaan (2), Hannes Daube (2), Jacob Ehrhardt (1), Mason McQuet, Ash Molthen (2), Quinn Woodhead (1), Warren Loth, Kent Emden. Head Coach: Jack Kocur.

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United States of America swam into the quarter-finals and has the honour of facing reigning champion Greece, which has yet to be tested in Kuwait. Canada will head to what is a powerful 9-12 bracket and play Australia, who lost to Japan with a final-quarter buzzer-beater. The North American teams were at loggerheads in the first quarter with the referees having to call for relative calm and concentration. USA had a dream start with 4-1 at the quarter break and then to 5-1 several minutes into the next period. Canadian captain Reuel D’Souza, who scored a penalty goal, was then surprisingly shuffled out of the match on three major fouls at 5:02 in the second, thus stripping Canada of its most potent weapon. USA scored twice more before the halftime break and relished the five-goal advantage. The last goal came from big man Garrett Zaan after a timeout and he received the ball smack in front of the cage to make it 7-2. Canadian responded brilliantly at the top of the third, with Bogdan Djerkovic for his second and Harrison Henning scoring. Zaan found himself free four metres in front of the cage and hammered the eighth USA goal at 4:35. Neither side found a gap and late in the period USA captain Hannes Daube, a senior international, took a penalty attempt, which hit the bar and rebounded Canada’s way. It was one-way traffic for a while on the scoreboard in the fourth with Ash Molthen from the top, Marko Vavic with a penalty goal and Jacob Ehrhardt on the right wing lifting the score to 11-4. Stephen Gloade pegged one back on a wonderful counter before Daube rifled one in from the top left Djerkovic closed the scoring with 10 seconds remaining.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Kuwait City, Kuwait, December 17.— Japan's Yusuke Inaba produced a magical finish to a second-round match on the sixth day of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at the Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait.

In matches to decide who goes to the quarter-finals, Japan was playing Australia and led 8-3 at halftime and 10-6 at the final break. However, Australia  brought the match level with 2.3 seconds left. Japan called a timeout and the result was an Inaba shot from halfway that deflected off someone in the crowded goalmouth and into the back of the net for the winner. 

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16Dec2019

Day 5: FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Champs in Kuwait

FINA Men’s Water Polo World Junior Championships 2019
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Match 33, 09:30, Group A, CROATIA 14 JAPAN 12
Results & Teams

Match 33, 09:30, Group A, CROATIA 14 JAPAN 12

Quarters: 5-6, 4-2, 0-4, 5-0

Referees: Michiel Zwart (NED), German Moller (ARG)

Extra man: CRO: 1/8. JPN: 3/7.

Penalties: CRO: 6/6. JPN: 1/1.

Teams:

CROATIA: Jerko Jurlina, Ivan Malenica, Karlo Krekovic (1), Marin Vrdoljak (2), Luka Bajic, Filip Krzic, Goran Solje, Branimir Herceg (4), Jerko Penava (3), Matias Biljaka, Marko Zuvela (2), Lovro Paparic (3), Eugen Sunara. Head Coach: Josko Krekovic.

JAPAN: Tomoharu Shinto, Toi Suzuki (2), Shun Kobayashi, Shohei Yamada (2), Fumiya Tsuta (1), Naoki Aoyama, Goro Hizume (1), Eisuke Takahashi (2), Takumu Miyazawa, Yusuke Inaba (3), Yuki Maita (1), Taiyo Watanabe, Kentaro Tani. Head Coach: Takamitsu Nakashima.

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Croatia took second in the group behind Serbia in what was a fantastic match, The scores were levelled at one, two, three, six, seven, nine and 12. It was a match of statistics with Japan keeping Croatia scoreless in the third and Croatia returning the favour in spades in the fourth. Croatia had trouble with outside shots, scoring six from the penalty line in the first half, seven from centre forward with the big men and one from the top on extra-man attack. Japan, on the other hand, used its speed and agility to create moments, gain six ejections and only one penalty. It scored three on extra-man attack, one from penalty and eight from the field, such is its strength, speed and accuracy of shooting. The first half was all about penalty fouls and conversions. In fact, Croatia converted six from six and Japan just the one from its sole attempt. Japan learned from those mistakes in the second half. Japan was 7-7 three minutes into the second quarter, but allowed Croatia out to 9-7 before pulling one back. At 9-7, Croatia had scored three straight, but then Japan went on a roll, taking one for the final break and then four unanswered goals in the third period for what could have been a 12-9 match-winning margin. If it scored the attack late in the period, four goals would have been an excellent buffer. However, Croatia settled in the break and planned for victory with two centre-forward goals either side of an extra-man goal to have the match at 12-12. To rub salt into the wound, Branimir Herceg nailed his third goal at 1:16 and his fourth centre-forward goal with a backhand at 0:24 and earned the man-of-the-match award.  Japan was scoreless and distraught and will have the tougher match in the cross-overs, but could still make it to the medal round.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 34, 10:50, Group A, SERBIA 16 CHINA 4
Results & Teams

Match 34, 10:50, Group A, SERBIA 16 CHINA 4

Quarters: 5-1, 2-0, 5-2, 4-1

Referees: Gabor Vogel (HUN), Sinisa Matijasevic
(MNE)

Extra man: SRB: 1/3. CHN: ¼.

Penalties: SRB: 1/1.

Teams:

SERBIA: Pavle Gavrilovic, Stefan Brankovic (2), Andrej Barac (2), Aleksa Nesic (4), Nemanja Stanojevic (1), Petar Mitrovic, Dorde Vucinic (3), Aleksa Cvetkovic, Vasilije Martinovic (2), Kristian Sulc (1), Luka Pijevancic (1), Marko Radovic, Vladimir Misovic. Head Coach: Uros Stevanovic.

CHINA: Junjiong Wang, Xingmeng He, Boren Shi, Lei Yuan, Guan Ou, Beiyi Wang (2), Luobin Liu, Yingyi Gao (2), Yi Lu, Yile Cheng, Beile Zhu, Mingtao Wu, Haotian Zhou. Head Coach: Ji Shen.

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Photo: Eszter Novak

Serbia cemented the group win with a comfortable workout against China. Unbeaten after four matches, Serbia now has a day off and heads straight through to Wednesday’s quarter-finals. China has just the one win and is consigned to the 13-20 group. Today it struggled against the tougher Serbian outfit, managing just the four goals — two to Beiyi Wang (one on extra and another from the top) and captain Yingyi Gao (from the left and from well out the top). Serbia kept China at bay with its superior play. Dorde Vucinic was named player of the match with three goals and Aleksa Nesic was the top scorer with four goals.

Match 35, 12:10, Group B, HUNGARY 17 CANADA 7
Results & Teams

Match 35, 12:10, Group B, HUNGARY 17 CANADA 7

Quarters: 3-1, 3-3, 6-1, 5-2

Referees: Peter La Marque
(RSA), Nikolaos Boudramis
(GRE)

Extra man: HUN: 5/8. CAN: 4/11.

Penalties: HUN: 2/2. CAN: 0/2.

Teams:

HUNGARY: Mark Banyai, Peter Sugar, Botond Bobis (4), Benedek Baksa (2), Marton Magyar (1), Gyorgy Agh, Mate Dala (2), Andras Turnai, Vince Vigvari (2), Gergo Fekete (3), Zsombor Szeghalmi (1), Mate Aranyi (2), Marton Mizsei. Head Coach: Kristof Kemeny.

CANADA: Brody McKnight, Antonios Giannatsis, Bogdan Djerkovic (1), Jeremie Coté (2), Harrison Henning, Nick Seredjuc, Kyril Marinov, Bor Tanasijevic, Stefan Dabic, Stephen Gloade (2), Max MacMillan, Reuel D’Souza (2), Minos Kotzambasis. Head Coach: Brian Parillo.

Report

Hungary claimed second spot in the group. Both teams had four points heading into the match, but it was Hungary’s day. Canada worked tirelessly, only to be thwarted by Hungary’s all-round play. The mix of scorers said it all. Canada opened the scoring and then was halted from scoring until 5:36 in the second period for 5-2; 6-2 became 6-4 and could have been better if captain Reuel D’Souza had not barred his penalty attempt. Hungary controlled the third period and went into the final period was a handsome 12-5 advantage. At one stage, Canada was robbed of a meaningful shot outside six metres when there was more than a second on the clock. The timekeeper forgot to stop the clock and the ball was turned over. A protest ensued, lots of talk at the bench and Canada was awarded a full second in which to take the shot. Reuel D’Souza, defended by three players, shot atop the bar; a sad, wasted opportunity for Canada. At 4:58 in the third, Canada went to the penalty line and senior international Jeremie Coté took the shot, only to have it blocked by Marton Mizsei. However, Mizsei was off the line and the referee called for another attempt. Cote then sent the ball above his head, but Mizsei’s arms blocked it a second time. That third period was the big moving point for Hungary, who seems to be warming up for the second half of the tournament in exceptional form. Canada still has chances with some more daunting matches to force its way into the top group.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 36, 13:30, Group B, RUSSIA 17 EGYPT 9
Results & Teams

Match 36, 13:30, Group B, RUSSIA 17 EGYPT 9

Quarters: 4-3, 5-2, 6-0, 2-4

Referees: Liang Zhang (CHN), Vlaho Radichevic (CRO)

Extra man: RUS: 6/8. EGY: 7/14.

Penalties: RUS: 0/1.

Teams:

RUSSIA: Igor Chirkov, Sergei Mersh (3), Nikita Serebrennikov, Emil Zinnurov (2), Zamir Mirziev, Iaroslav Nikolaev, Nikita Mikhailov (3), Askar Makhiyanov (3), Valerii Pelikh, Ivan Vasilev (4), Danill Frolov (1), Egor Vasilev (1), Danila Apultchin. Head Coach: Sergei Voronin.

EGYPT: Marwan Reda, Youssef Amer, Abderahman Hamed (2), Ahmed Elsapagh (2), Mahmoud Maghwry, Karim Saleh, Mohanad Farahat, Mohamed Ziyad, Mohamed Rezk (2), Eissa Bassel (3), Adham Saleh, Mahmoud Elzayat, Marwan Makarem. Head Coach: Konstantinos Vamvakaris.

Report

Russia finalised Group B with fourth place, while Egypt has to be satisfied with fifth. Egypt was in the match for a large part of the first half and made a resurgence in the final quarter, however, the 6-0 third period proved the killer for Egypt. Its only real chance was a penalty attempt, which was blocked by the goalkeeper. In the fourth period Egypt came alight with Ahmed Elsapagh grabbing his second; Eissa Bassel on extra and Mohamed Rezk scoring twice, bringing the score to 15-9. Nikita Mikhailov stepped up for his second goal to close Russia’s scoring and earn a first win in Kuwait. Ivan Vasilev was again impressive, gaining play-of-the-match honours for his four goals and leadership. This was Egypt’s best match and sets it up for the final rounds while Russia will be wanting to finish as high as possible, although medals are out of the question. Both teams could be commended for their extra-0man counts with Russia converting six from eight and Egypt seven from 14.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 37, 14:50, Group C, ITALY 18 KUWAIT 7
Results & Teams

Match 37, 14:50, Group C, ITALY 18 KUWAIT 7

Quarters: 3-2, 6-2, 5-2, 4-1

Referees: Michael Brooks (NZL), David Gomez (ESP)

Extra man: ITA: 5/5. KUW: 1/5.

Penalties: ITA: 1/2. KUW: 0/1.

Teams:

ITALY: Francisco di Donna, Massimo di Martire (2), Filippo Ferrero (1), Mattia Antonucci, Andrea Narciso (2), Gianpiero di Martire, Mario Guidi, Ettore Novara (3), Michele Mezzarobba (4), Vincenzo Tozzi (3), Matteo Spione (1), Andrea Tartaro (2), Francesco de Michelis. Head Coach: Carlo Silipo.

KUWAIT: Yousef Almotar, Abdullah Jasem (1), Saud Alotaibi (1), Ali Hasan, Abduirahman Alwazan, Manaf Almajadi (2), Abdulwahab Hasan, Mobarak Dashti (1), Hassan Dashti (1), Abdullah Alhammad (1), Mohammad Ashkanani, Yousef Alfaressi, Sultan Alsultan. Head Coach: Markos Markoglou.

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Italy came through its last test to finish atop Group C with seven points. Its only blemish was a draw with Montenegro on Sunday night. The win over Kuwait gave it the two points to leapfrog United States of America, who finished with six points with the sole loss to Italy on day one. Kuwait is improving with every match and the youngest team in the competition (with two 16 year olds) has taken to the top teams with zest and vigour. The players’ conditioning means they are rising high with hard shots and have great swimming skills. Kuwait opened the scoring and led again at 2-1 before Italy grabbed the quarter-time lead. The score moved to 6-2 with Kuwait narrowing the margin to 7-4. Kuwait opened the second-half scoring, but Italy shifted a gear and started firing on counter to move to 14-6 at the final break. Kuwait’s final goal came at the start of the fourth and Italy scored the final four goals. Italy will now enjoy the day of competition and concentrate on training for the sharp end of the tournament. Michele Mezzarobba was named best in water with four goals, three in the second quarter.

Photos: Eszter Novak

 

Match 38, 16:10, Group C, MONTENEGRO 17 IRAN 6
Results & Teams

Match 38, 16:10, Group C, MONTENEGRO 17 IRAN 6

Quarters: 4-0, 4-2, 2-2, 7-2

Referees: Evgeniy Malinin (UZB), Conor Davis (AUS)

Extra man: MNE: 0/2. IRI: 1/4.

Penalties: MNE: 2/3. IRI: 0/1.

Teams:

MONTENEGRO: Darko Durovic, Nebojsa Vuskovic (4), Savo Cetkovic (1), Uros Vucurovic (2), Aljosa Macic (1), Danilo Radovic (1), Luka Murisic, Petar Mijuskovic (4), Miroslav Perkovic (1), Vuk Draskovic (1), Dusan Matkovic (2), Branko Franeta (1), Alen Isljamovic. Head Coach: Veljko Uskokovic.

IRAN: Mohammad Bayat, Omid Aghaei, Seyeedalireza Pourang (1), Khashayar Ghareh, Hossein Lalehsiahpirani, Mohammadamin Hassany (1), Mahdi Barzegarisharifabad (1), Pouria Fatehi, Amirreza Jalilipour (1), Amirali Moradinoghondar (2), Ali Lotfi, Omid Khosor, Mohammad Hassany. Head Coach: Gholami Majid.

Report

Montenegro secured third spot and Iran fourth in this high-energy match. Both teams played high-tempo water polo and kept attacking strongly. Montenegro had the dream run, shooting to 7-0 before Iran began its scoring surge. Iran gave up two penalty fouls, which Montenegro converted. Iran swam in four of the next five goals, two on counter, one at centre forward and the other from deep right. Montenegro replied with four of its own — one from Nebojsa Vuskovic after he had his penalty shot blocked a minute earlier. At 10-4, Montenegro was well perched to pounce, making the most of counter-attack in preparation for Tuesday’s second round where it will play Hungary — a tough encounter. Iran is performing well and it too can take heart from a fine effort against an equal opponent in Egypt.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 39, 17:30, Group D, AUSTRALIA 25 UZBEKISTAN 7
Results & Teams

Match 39, 17:30, Group D, AUSTRALIA 25 UZBEKISTAN 7

Quarters: 8-2, 8-1, 5-2, 4-2

Referees: Nenad Golijanin
(SRB), Darren Spiritosanto (USA)

Extra man: AUS: 0/4. UZB: 1/8.

Penalties: AUS: 0/3. IRI: 1/1

Teams:

AUSTRALIA: John Hedges, Jack Rector (1), Matthew Murphy (2), Lachlan Vos (1), Matthew Oberman (4), James Gillfeather (4), Hugh Anstey (2), Charlie Negus (3), Alastair Bruce (4), Nicholas Taylor, Lewis Putt (3), Matthew Byrnes (1), Flynn Mais. Head Coach: Andrew Yanitsas.

UZBEKISTAN: Abdullo Yokubjonov, Mukhammadyusuf Dedabaev, Jakhongir Sobirjonov (1), Asadbek Kenjaev, Azizbek Turgunov (3), Asadbek Azizov, Zaven Osipyan (2), Azizbek Botirov, Javokhir Kutmonbekov, Asorbek Yusufjanov (1), Sukhrob Khoshimov, Muzaffarbek Makhmudjonov, Shokhboz Usmonjonov. Head Coach: Oleg Pletnev.

Report

Australia finished second in the group with a resounding victory over Uzbekistan, which has yet to win a match in Kuwait. This sets Australia for a second-round face-off with the perpetual motion Japan on Tuesday. The match started frantically with goals traded to 2-2 then the goals started peppering Uzbekistan’s goal as Australia went into overdrive. Iran was not to score a goal until 12-3, its only score of the second period. Azizbek Turgunov was all motion himself for Uzbekistan and captain Zaven Osipyan stepped up in the third with two strikes as Australia went to the final eight minutes with a 16-goal advantage, adding five more while Uzbekistan snapped up two late goals thanks to Turgunov. Centre forward Matthew Oberman and outside shooter James Gillfeather relished the outing, gaining plenty of experience for the final phases. Two areas of Australia’s game that failed wer from the penalty line, missing three from three and failing to convert any of its four extra-man attempts.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 40, 18:50, Group D, BRAZIL 6 NEW ZEALAND 8
Results & Teams

Match 40, 18:50, Group D, BRAZIL 6 NEW ZEALAND 8

Quarters: 1-4, 2-2, 2-1, 1-1

Referees: Adil Aimbetov (KAZ), Harvey Hinds (CUR)

Extra man: BRA: 2/5. NZL: 2/8.

Penalties: BRA: 0/1. NZL: 0/1.

Teams:

BRAZIL: Joao Silveira, Lucas Santos (1), Luiz Scarabelim, Felipe Ferreira, Nicholas Fichman, Bruno Chiappini, Italo Vizacre (1), Thomas Campedelli (3), Raul Morales, Marcos Pires (1), Vincius Pessin, Gabriel Galvane, Joao Fernandes. Head Coach: Thiago Nascimento

NEW ZEALAND: Joshua de Reeper, Louie Ferigo, Hamish Sullivan, Louis Clark, Calum de Jager, Brandon Matthews, James Catlin, Loui Schuler, Sam Ratima (1), Matt Morris (3), Rowan Brown (1), Nicholas Paterson (3), Bae Fountain. Head Coach: Lionel Randall.

Report

The day started with a close match and ended with one. In between it was no contest. These two teams were battling for third place and a chance at the medals while the loser would have no chance for glory. Brazil opened the scoring inside the first minute, but it would be some time before Brazil breached New Zealand’s defence. In the meantime, the Kiwis drove in four straight goals and even gained a penalty attempt inside the final second. The shot was taken and blocked by Joao Fernandes, however, the referee called him jumping the line and another shot was taken. The pool was cleared and Louie Ferigo retook the shot for the same result — a block. The second period was drawn, New Zealand going to 6-2. Thomas Campedelli, who scored the first goal, delivered a second on extra-man attack after a timeout. He could have made it three had his penalty attempt not been skyed over the crossbar inside the final minute. Brazil dominated the third quarter even though Matt Morris took New Zealand to 7-3 early on extra-man attack. Two quick goals on consecutive attacks had Brazil back in the match at 7-5 —  Marcos Pires with a rocket from a six-metre foul and Italo Vizacre with another outside blast on extra. The Kiwis had a shot at getting the margin out to three late in the period following a timeout with four attempts failing to get through the forest of arms and goalkeeper. Campedelli brought it to within one on extra with his powerful left arm down the right-hand side of the pool at 5:00, breaking a goal drought of seven and a half minutes. Fernandes was having a tremendous night with a multitude of saves.  However, he could not stop the point blank shot from two metres by Nicholas Paterson off a cross pass at 2:13 for 8-6 on extra when the Kiwis had just switched four players on the fly. New Zealand called a timeout at 1:14 to use up the time. Vizacre stole the ball and swam up the pool alone and fired his shot into Fountain, thus losing the match. New Zealand was through.

Photos: Eszter Novak

It is the fifth day — and the final day of the group stage — of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at the new Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait.

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Day 4: FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Champs in Kuwait

FINA Men’s Water Polo World Junior Championships 2019
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Match 25, 09:30, Group D, BRAZIL 6 AUSTRALIA 9
Results & Teams

Match 25, 09:30, Group D, BRAZIL 6 AUSTRALIA 9

Quarters: 1-1, 2-1, 0-2, 3-5

Referees: Hatem Gaber
(EGY), Vlaho Radichevic (CRO)

Extra man: BRA: 3/10. AUS: 1/6.

Penalties: BRA: AUS: 1/1.

Teams:

BRAZIL: Joao Silveira, Lucas Santos, Luiz Scarabelim, Felipe Ferreira, Nicholas Fichman (1), Bruno Chiappini, Italo Vizacre (2), Thomas Campedelli (1), Raul Morales, Marcos Pires (1), Vincius Pessin (1), Gabriel Galvane, Joao Fernandes. Head Coach: Thiago Nascimento

AUSTRALIA: John Hedges, Jack Rector, Matthew Murphy, Lachlan Vos, Matthew Oberman, James Gillfeather (3), Hugh Anstey (1), Charlie Negus (2), Alastair Bruce (2), Nicholas Taylor (1), Lewis Putt, Matthew Byrnes, Flynn Mais. Head Coach: Andrew Yanitsas.

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Australia seems to want to be known as the last-quarter kings, bringing up consecutive matches with a complete reversal of form in the final eight minutes. On Saturday it was a 4-1 final quarter to overturn New Zealand by a goal and today it was a 5-3 final burst to break away from Brazil. The result was always in doubt with Brazil holding the halftime lead and Australia by one at the final break. The defensive effort by both was superb, while the shooting was off target or channelled to the goalkeepers. Australia turned up the heat five or six degrees and made some luck with steals and excellent choices off the hand. James Gillfeather scored his third two minutes into the final quarter for a two-goal margin. Italo Vizacre pulled one back for Brazil, but the damage was done when Hugh Anstey from  the top and then Alastair Bruce, on a drive, connecting with a deflected pass and scoring to make it 7-4, an almost unbeatable margin. Marcos Pires, who scored four goals against Uzbekistan on Friday, nailed from the top on extra-man attack. Bruce scored again and Charlie Negus slammed in the decisive goal from a six-metre foul for what was 5-2 at this stage. Vizacre scored a consolation goal in the dying seconds on extra for 9-6. Brazil was too wayward with shots and Australia still lacks confidence in the early stages. Aussie goalkeeper John Hedges was rewarded for his efforts, accepting the player-of-the-match award.

Pictures: Eszter Novak

Match 26, 10:50, Group D, UZBEKISTAN 4 GREECE 27
Results & Teams

Match 26, 10:50, Group D, UZBEKISTAN 4 GREECE 27

Quarters: 1-8, 0-6, 0-8, 3-5

Referees: Amirhossein Safabakhsh (IRI), Luca Bianco (ITA)

Extra man: UZB: 0/1. GRE: 4/5.

Penalties: GRE: 3/4.

Teams:

UZBEKISTAN: Abdullo Yokubjonov, Mukhammadyusuf Dedabaev, Jakhongir Sobirjonov, Asadbek Kenjaev, Azizbek Turgunov (1), Asadbek Azizov (1), Zaven Osipyan (1), Azizbek Botirov, Javokhir Kutmonbekov, Asorbek Yusufjanov (1), Sukhrob Khoshimov, Muzaffarbek Makhmudjonov, Shokhboz Usmonjonov. Head Coach: Oleg Pletnev.

GREECE: Stylianos Dalmaras, Efstathios Kalogeropoulos (1), Ioannis Alafragkis (2), Konstaninos Gkiouvetsis (1), Dimitrios Nikolaidis (3), Alexandros Papanastasiou (2), Konstantinos Kakaris (5), Charalampos Rompopoulos (3), Efstathios Papageorgiou (2), Michail Diplaros (1), Aristeidis Chalyvopoulos (4), Michail Goniotakis (3), Nikolaos Mitrakis. Head Coach: Theodoros Lorantos.

Report

Greece, as the reigning champion, did not extend itself against Uzbekistan, but showed respect. It was the fourth straight win for Greece, topping the group and it will now enjoy the lay day before the main part of the competition begins. Greece has won by seven, nine, 11 and now 23 as it builds towards its aim of consecutive championships. For Uzbekistan, it was a third big loss, but there was a glimmer of light with goals to Asorbek Yusufjanov (for 8-1 from seven metres); Asadbek Azizov (with an outside bouncer for 23-2); Azizbek Turgunov (26-3 from right post position); and captain Zaven Osipyan  (7m left hand side of the pool for 27-4) in the fourth period. Dimitrios Nikolaidis was named best in water although every field player contributed to the scoring.

Pictures: Eszter Novak

Match 30, 12:10, Group B, CANADA 7 SPAIN 15
Results & Teams

Match 30, 12:10, Group B, CANADA 7 SPAIN 15

Quarters: 1-3, 3-5, 0-3, 3-5

Referees: Adil Aimbetov (KAZ), Noboru Yamazaki (JPN)

Extra man: CAN: 1/5. ESP: 2/9.

Penalties: CAN: 1/1. ESP: 0/1.

Teams:

CANADA: Brody McKnight, Antonios Giannatsis, Bogdan Djerkovic (1), Jeremie Cote (3), Harrison Henning, Nick Seredjuc, Kyril Marinov, Bor Tanasijevic, Stefan Dabic, Stephen Gloade (1), Max MacMillan, Reuel D’Souza (2), Minos Kotzambasis. Head Coach: Brian Parillo.

SPAIN: Unai Aguirre, Bernat Sanahuja (4), Albert Ponferrada (2), Sergio Prieto, Pau Linares, Fran Valera (1), Lluc Bertran, Victor Alegre (1), Oscar Montes (1), Nikolas Paul (4), Oriol Rodriguez, Oscar Asensio (2), Victor Garcia. Head Coach: Svilen Ivanov.

Report

Spain gained itself a second clear day to prepare for the quarter-finals, claiming the group victory with four consecutive victories. This one did not come easy, having to use a lot more muscle to fend off the Canadians. The skills were slightly better than Canada and the execution a little sharper. At 5-1, Spain was well in control. Canada thought enough was enough and struck back strongly, with three goals to one by late in the second quarter to bring the match to 6-4. This was typified by Reuel D’Souza, whose gutsy antics brought him two goals. The second was sheer determination and aggression, forcing the foul out the top and rifling in the six-metre-foul shot. However, Spain responded with two of its own, Oscar Asensio on counter and Bernat Sanahuja with an excellent twisting drive to two metres, bewildering the goalkeeper. Halftime showed 8-4 on the scoreboard. Spain increased the pain for Canada with a blemish-free third period. Nikolas Paul blasted in his fourth from the top and Oscar Montes converted the easiest of centre-forward goals at 4:31. The closing goal of the period came from Sanahuja, also his fourth, countering and shooting from outside to score for 11-4 as the buzzer sounded for the final break. Canada’s courage continued in the final period and was rewarded with Jeremie Cote scoring twice from seven metres and second goalkeeper Minos Kotzambasis stopping a penalty shot. Inside the final minute, Stephen Gloade scored Canada’s seventh goal from the top. Spain also stepped up with five goals for the period for a winning 15-7 score.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 28, 13:30, Group A, JAPAN SOUTH 26 AFRICA 11
Results & Teams

Match 28, 13:30, Group A, JAPAN 26 SOUTH AFRICA 11

Quarters: 8-2, 8-5 2-4, 8-0

Referees: Irfan Sadekov (RUS), Fabio Toffoli
(BRA)

Extra man: JPN: 2/2. RSA: 6/8.

Penalties: JPN: 2/2. RSA: 0/1.

Teams:

JAPAN: Tomoharu Shinto, Toi Suzuki (3), Shun Kobayashi (3), Shohei Yamada (1), Fumiya Tsuta (1), Naoki Aoyama, Goro Hizume (1), Eisuke Takahashi (1), Takumu Miyazawa, Yusuke Inaba (8), Yuki Maita (4), Taiyo Watanabe (4), Kentaro Tani. Head Coach: Takamitsu Nakashima.

SOUTH AFRICA: Keegan Clark, Mogamad Mayman, Christopher Beamish, Ethan Coryndon-Baker (1), Todd Howard (4), Ross Stone (2), Joshua Faber (2), Jonathan Swanepoel (1), David MacDonald, William Dowsett (1), Yaseen Margro, James Hablutzel, Barnard van Rooyen. Head Coach: Jason Sileno.

Report

Japan went on the rampage, playing the only way it knows how — counter-attack. The Japanese senior teams trains at swimming more than any other country, the senior coach claims. The junior team is no exception, especially when it is led by Yusuke Inaba, a starting player on the senior team who is expected to do much at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. He is possibly one of the few players in Kuwait who will play in Tokyo. Inaba was pulling the trigger faster and more often than most and finished the match with eight goals to his name. In his previous two matches he scored a total of nine goals. In the opening quarter, Japan made five steals, four becoming counter-attack goals. In fact, Japan scored 11 goals from counter. Far from demoralising the South Africans, it spurred them on as they fought back from 14-4 down midway through the second quarter, finishing at 16-7 by halftime. The men in green then proceeded to better Japan with a 4-2 third period, showing plenty of spirit and vigour and nullifying Japan’s counter; making less mistakes also helped. However, the supreme performance was not enough as Japan, full of fitness and fire, rammed home eight goals to none in the final eight minutes. South Africa gained a penalty foul, but Todd Howard hit the bar and could not better his excellent four-goal effort. South Africa’s loss followed a 20-goal loss to Serbia the night before and a narrow one-goal loss to China, finishing bottom of the group.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 32, 14:50, Group C, KUWAIT 8 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 16
Results & Teams

 Match 32, 14:50, Group C, KUWAIT 8 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 16

Quarters: 3-3, 2-4, 1-5, 2-4

Referees: Nikolaos Boudramis
(GRE), Mikhail Dykman (CAN)


Extra man: KUW: 1/1. USA: 3/5.

Penalties: KUW: 3/3. USA: 2/2.

Teams:

KUWAIT: Yousef Almotar, Abdullah Jasem (3), Saud Alotaibi, Ali Hasan (2), Abduirahman Alwazan, Manaf Almajadi, Abdulwahab Hasan, Mobarak Dashti (1), Hassan Dashti, Abdullah Alhammad, Mohammad Ashkanani (2), Yousef Alfaressi, Sultan Alsultan. Head Coach: Markos Markoglou.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Adrian Weinberg, Quinten Osborne (2), Marko Vavic (3), Tommy Gruwell (1), Leo Yuno (1), Garrett Zaan (4), Hannes Daube (2), Jacob Ehrhardt (1), Mason McQuet, Ash Molthen, Quinn Woodhead, Warren Loth (2), Kent Emden. Head Coach: Jack Kocur.

Report

United States of America picked up its third victory from its four matches and finishes in second place in the group with the lay day on Monday.  USA had no need to rattle in the goals like Montenegro did on day two (42-7) and played within the structure. Kuwait enjoyed the extra freedom and indeed took the lead at 2-0 and 3-1 with USA levelling at 3-3 before quarter time. Thus, Kuwait led the match for more than six minutes. Kuwait worked hard in front of goal, taking fouls at six metres and having the shots. It also enjoyed the new penalty foul rule, making sure of its three chances. USA moved the score to 7-5 at halftime and 12-6 by the final break. Two of the best goals of the match were scored by Kuwait in the final quarter with Ali Hasan driving and lobbing for 14-7 and Abdullah Jasem sending in a slider from seven metres and near the side of the pool for his third and 14-8. For USA, the centre forward position was busy with half a dozen goals coming from the big men. All in all, it was an entertaining match and something will give much encouragement to Kuwait in upcoming matches.  The icing on the cake was the award for best player to Kuwait’s Abdullah Jasem.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 29, 16:10, Group B, RUSSIA 9 HUNGARY 12
Results & Teams

Match 29, 16:10, Group B, RUSSIA 9 HUNGARY 12

Quarters: 1-2, 1-3, 3-6, 4-1

Referees: Harvey Hinds (CUR), Conor Davis (AUS)

Extra man: RUS: 3/16. HUN: 6/16.

Penalties: Nil

Teams:

RUSSIA: Igor Chirkov, Sergei Mersh, Nikita Serebrennikov, Emil Zinnurov, Zamir Mirziev, Iaroslav Nikolaev, Nikita Mikhailov, Askar Makhiyanov (2), Valerii Pelikh (1), Ivan Vasilev (2), Danill Frolov (3), Egor Vasilev (1), Danila Apultchin. Head Coach: Sergei Voronin.

HUNGARY: Mark Banyai, Peter Sugar, Botond Bobis (2), Benedek Baksa (1), Marton Magyar (4), Gyorgy Agh, Mate Dala, Andras Turnai, Vince Vigvari (2), Gergo Fekete (1), Zsombor Szeghalmi (1), Mate Aranyi (1), Marton Mizsei. Head Coach: Kristof Kemeny.

Report

Hungary collected its second victory in Kuwait and just needs to play Canada on Monday to decide its position in the group. It was a slow start from both teams with Hungary nudging ahead at the first break. The margin stretched to three by the end of the half and then to 8-3 midway through the third period. Goals were trade, only for Hungary to score the last two and go into the final period 11-5 ahead. Both coaches were most animated on the pool deck, continually appealing to the referees. Hungary’s Kristof Kemeny was given a yellow card when he queried a supposed goal. The match stalled for some time as the VAR was checked and technical officials had a long discussion about the situation. The goal was not awarded, so Kemeny probably gained some redemption. Marton Magyar scored his fourth to close the period with a six-goal advantage. Russia bounced back with four unanswered goals and Hungary was struggling. Danill Frolov scored two in the excitement. With less than two minutes remaining, Russia was in with a chance. Hungary went to a timeout at 1:26 only for one player to slip inside two metres and be offside. Russia attacked, but had the ball stolen at two metres. Hungary went forward, gained an exclusion and Zsombor Szeghalmi scored his first goal of the tournament — and probably the most important of his short life — from deep right at 0:16 — enough for victory.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 27, 17:30, Group A, SERBIA 11 CROATIA 6
Results & Teams

Match 27, 17:30, Group A, SERBIA 11 CROATIA 6

Quarters: 4-2, 2-2, 2-2, 3-0

Referees: German Moller (ARG), Darren Spiritosanto (USA)

Extra man: SRB: 2/9. CRO: 2/18.

Penalties: SRB: 3/3. CRO: 3/3.

Teams:

SERBIA: Pavle Gavrilovic, Stefan Brankovic, Andrej Barac (1), Aleksa Nesic (1), Nemanja Stanojevic (1), Petar Mitrovic, Dorde Vucinic (4), Aleksa Cvetkovic, Vasilije Martinovic, Kristian Sulc (3), Luka Pijevancic, Marko Radovic (1), Vladimir Misovic. Head Coach: Uros Stevanovic.

CROATIA: Jerko Jurlina, Ivan Malenica, Karlo Krekovic, Marin Vrdoljak (3), Luka Bajic (1), Filip Krzic, Goran Solje, Branimir Herceg, Jerko Penava (1), Matias Biljaka, Marko Zuvela (1), Lovro Paparic, Eugen Sunara. Head Coach: Josko Krekovic.

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Dorde Vucinic was fired up for the clash with Croatia, so much so that he shot his name on to the scoreboard four times in the first half — three from the field and one from the penalty line. The penalty foul was king with four coming and four conversions made — two each. Marin Vrdoljak scored the first two goals for Croatia as it had to play catch-up after Serbia led 2-0. The second and third goals (one for each team) were scored with two men down. The same situation happened once in the second quarter, but Croatia fired into the forest of arms, which thoroughly annoyed head coach Josko Krekovic. Serbia went 5-2 up in the second quarter, however, a score from outside and a penalty goal had the match to within one before Vucinic also converted a penalty for 6-4 a minute from the half. Vrdoljak converted the fifth penalty of the match and Serbia was in trouble with the foul count. There were 15 fouls against Serbia (seven players on two majors) and 10 against Croatia early in the third period with one Croatian out on three. Serbia shot out to 8-5 thanks to Nemanja Stanojevic from six metres and Kristian Sulc from a magnificent strike, cross-caging from wide left at 2:45. Croatia made at least three bad passes in the period, although it managed to get the first Serbian sent from the match — Aleksa Cvetkovic. Tempers were fraying in the fourth; Serbia head coach Uros Stevanovic was yellow-carded and another player on each side went with three majors. Aleksa Nesic rattled one in from seven metres and Marko Radovic converted a penalty for 10-6 by 5:21. The match went beyond Croatia when Sulc shot from the deep left, creased the near post and then the ball bounced off the back of goalkeeper Jerko Jurlina into goal at 2:19. Croatia went to a timeout, the players were admonished, but no goal came at the far end. In fact, no more goals came and Serbia maintained its unbeaten run. Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Misovic was the lynchpin to the victory with about 14 saves and was deservedly named player of the match. It was a thrilling encounter and the foul count showed the enthusiasm, while the coaches were dismayed and had to manage players as the foul count mounted. There were an incredible 33 major fouls and five players did not make the end of the match. Croatia’s pitiful conversion count of extra-man attack proved fatal.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Match 31, 18:50, Group C, MONTENEGRO 12 ITALY 12
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Match 31, 18:50, Group C, MONTENEGRO 12 ITALY 12

Quarters: 1-4, 3-1, 4-3, 4-4

Referees: Michiel Zwart (NED), David Gomez (ESP)

Extra man: MNE: 7/15. ITA: 8/16.

Penalties: MNE: 1/1. ITA: 1/1.

Teams:

MONTENEGRO: Darko Durovic, Nebojsa Vuskovic (3), Savo Cetkovic (2), Uros Vucurovic, Aljosa Macic, Danilo Radovic (1), Luka Murisic, Petar Mijuskovic (4), Miroslav Perkovic (1), Vuk Draskovic, Dusan Matkovic, Branko Franeta (1), Alen Isljamovic. Head Coach: Veljko Uskokovic.

ITALY: Francisco di Donna, Massimo di Martire (2), Filippo Ferrero (2), Mattia Antonucci, Andrea Narciso (1), Gianpiero di Martire (1), Mario Guidi (1), Ettore Novara (1), Michele Mezzarobba (2), Vincenzo Tozzi, Matteo Spione (2), Andrea Tartaro, Francesco de Michelis. Head Coach: Carlo Silipo.

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Although both teams have winnable matches on Monday, this was a possible group decider and it did not disappoint, although as a decider, it was a flop. The draw means Italy should finish top and Montenegro third. Italy was all power and aggression in the first quarter, moving from 1-1 to 4-1 and then to 5-1 at the top of the second. Montenegro then controlled the rest of the period with two Nebojsa Vuskovic goals and a fourth goal from Petar Mijuskovic, following a VAR decision as the ball just dribbled over the line in the bottom right. Turning at 5-4, Italy was keen to atone for the period of inactivity on the scoresheet, but the tight Montenegrin defence was causing problems. After having a shot blocked, Italy scrambled back just in time to see Mijuskovic score his second to level at 6:23. Massimo di Martire delighted his team-mates when he gained the six-metre foul and floated a lob high into the goal for the lead once more. The goal trading continued until Radovic equalised at 7-7 and Ettore Novara made the most of a gift pass to two metres on extra-man attack for 8-7. Montenegro called a timeout with 13 seconds left and the resulting play yielded a goal to Branko Franeta with half a second on the clock for 8-8. Just outstanding! Matteo Spione on extra for Italy and Savo Cetkovic with a VAR decision on extra, started the fourth quarter. More controversy came with the Massimo di Martire penalty strike. Radovic shunted de Martire after the penalty shot and was red-carded for disrespect. Cetkovic scored at centre forward for the equaliser and Italian head coach Carlo Silipo pleaded with the referees for a push off, to no avail. Mijuskovic nailed his fourth on extra-man attack and Ferrero scored from the top for 11-11 and the time was just 4:21 — six goals in three and a half minutes! By now four Montenegrins and two Italians were sidelined with the foul count well over 30. Montenegro went to a timeout at 1:39 and Vuskovic scored his third on extra. Italy took a timeout at 1:12 and Mezzarobba scored just inside the 20-second period. Montenegro requested a VAR decision and it proved good for 12-12. Montenegro had two shots, but missed. Italy went on attack and gained a corner throw and an exclusion at 0:02.7. The corner shot hit the crossbar and the match ended in a draw. Tomorrow will decide the group winner.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Greece and Spain have won their groups and go to the quarter-finals with a fourth straight victory each on the fourth day of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at the Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait.

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