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Tokyo 2020 Unveils Details of Olympic Competition Schedule

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced today, Tuesday April 16, the competition schedule for each sport of the Olympic Games.

The action-packed programme will feature a record 33 sports and 339 events and will run from 24 July until 9 August 2020.

Olympic Games 2019
Tokyo, Japan
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16Apr2019

PR 27 – Mixed celebrations in California's Diving Grand Prix

The third leg of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2019 concluded last night in Mission Viejo, California, USA, as the host nation clinched three gold medals.

In the individual events, Briadam Herrera (USA) took gold with 438.10 in the men's 3m event, while Hailey Hernandez (USA) was the best in the women's equivalent (312.75). Teammates Alison Gibson and Krysta Palmer pocketed the gold on offer in the women's 3m synchro (294.39).

Press Releases 2019
Mission, Viejo
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15Apr2019

ASWS, Day 3: Ukraine collects two more gold medals

Ukraine concluded its participation in the second leg of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, in Alexandroupolis (GRE), by winning two gold medals in the final day of the event, on April 7, 2019. The Ukrainian swimmers shone in the Duet Free and Highlight Routine, while Israel earned the third title of the day in the Free Combination.

Artistic Swimming World Series 2019
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08Apr2019

Hungary’s payback tour ends up in gold

Men's Water Polo World League - European Prelims 2019
Zagreb (CRO)
Viktor Nagy builds wall to save the gold for Hungary
Results & Teams

Game 12, 20.15 – Final: Hungary v Croatia 10-8

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

Referees: Michiel Zwart (NED), Sergey Naumov (RUS)

HUNGARY

Viktor NAGY, Soma VOGEL (GK – not entered) – Daniel ANGYAL 1, Krisztian MANHERCZ 3, Gergo ZALANKI 1, Marton VAMOS 1, Toni NEMET 1, Szilard JANSIK, Gergo KOVACS 1, Denes VARGA, Balazs ERDELYI 1, Zoltan POHL, Bence BATORI 1. Head coach: MARCZ Tamas

CROATIA

Marko BIJAC, Ivan MARCELIC (GK, n. e.) – Marko MACAN, Loren FATOVIC 3, Luka LONCAR, Maro JOKOVIC 2, Ivan BULJUBASIC 1, Ante VUKICEVIC, Andro BUSLJE 1, Lovre MILOS, Josip VRLIC 1, Andelo SETKA, Javier GARCIA. Head coach: Ivica Tucak

Extramen:

HUN: 3 for 8

CRO: 1 for 15

Penalties:

HUN: 0 for 1

CRO: 1 for 2

MVP of the game:

Viktor Nagy (HUN)

Report

The game drew an absolutely capacity crowd to the Mladost pool, even Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic showed up with his son to cheer for the home side.

Hungary opened the game with a two-minute long possession – including a missed man-up –, then killed a Croatian 6 on 5, before Daniel Angyal drew first blood from the centre. Viktor Nagy then saved Loren Fatovic’s penalty, much to the delight of the minor but significantly loud Hungarian fan-group in the stands. Another Croatian man-up gone with the wind but Marko Bijac was also up to the task to deny Denes Varga from the wing and then a defensive mistake left Marko Buslje unmarked 2m from the goal and he opened the home side’s account after 4:15 minutes. 

Krisztian Manhercz replied immediately, though needed two shots in a man-up to make it 2-1. The game quickly turned into a man-up party but the Croats wasted their third and fourth one, the Hungarians also missed theirs before the hosts finally equalised after setting up a nice play with 16 seconds to go (2-2).

The trends didn’t change early on, the Croats wasted another man-up, while Bijac posted another save in a 6 on 5. Then came another action goal, Maro Jokovic’s fine 6m shot found the back of the net to give the lead to the hosts for the first time. Without their first-pick centre-forward (Balazs Harai was sidelined with injury after Friday), the Hungarians struggled in the position-game, their forced outside shots were easy task to Bijac – but whenever they could launch a counter, the threat was there: Krisztian Manhercz managed to gain some advantage to finish one for 3-3.

Their man-up defence worked well in this phase as they kept the Croats on 0 for 6 (another gone without a shot), while Manhercz managed to trick Bijac from the distance to regain the lead (4-3). And the hosts’ pains just grew as after the 7th denied man-up Bence Batori’s shot also slipped in under the goalie’s arm. Viktor Nagy made a save in the dying seconds to leave the hosts 0 for 8 and keeping their in front.

The Hungarians made most of their chances in the first half and even though a missed penatly kicked off the third period – Bijac saved Vamos’ shot – but then Gergo Kovacs surprised Bijac from the distance. Bad news was for the Croats that Viktor Nagy enjoyed his better spells this evening as he delivered one saves after the other. The Magyars even had a chance to go four goals up but missed their man-up after a time-out and that was costly as Maro Jokovic converted a penalty for 4-6, halting the hosts’ scoring draught at 10:26 minutes.

What could have been a turning point was quickly reversed, the Croats missed an assist to set up Fatovic swimming in front and Marton Vamos hit back with a blast for 4-7. The first goal which looked at least easy for the Croats arrived with 1:36 to go in the third when Ivan Buljubasic’s shot found the bottom right corner from 7m. But again, the Magyars reacted well, Toni Nemet netted a quickly played man-up 78 seconds from time before the last break. Not even a time-out helped the Croats, missed their 9th man-up, then Nagy saved Ante Vukicevic’s next attempt as well to maintain the three-goal gap before the final period.

Nagy began the fourth with a save out of this world to deny the 10th man-up for the hosts, then delivered one more in the 11th... He couldn’t have a hand on Fatovic’s lob from a 3 on 2 counter while the Magyars seemed to be running out of gas with 5:45 to go. But Goddess Fortune helped them a bit as Balazs Erdelyi was lucky enough to push in a rebound in a man-up to reset the three-goal cushion at 9-6.

Finally, with 3:38 to go, Fatovic broke the curse to net the first man-up goal from the 12th then the tension ran high when the Croats got a man-up but Javier Garcia punched back, earning him a red card and sending the Hungarian back to the Croatian goal to play a man-up which Gergo Zalanki put away for 10-7 with 2:52 from time. The block denied the Croats in their following 6 on 5 and even though Zalanki’s distant shot went wide the hosts had 1:49 seconds to create a miracle. A time-out helped them, in five seconds Josip Vrlic netted a back-handed shot from the centre and they could have pulled one more back, but guess what happened, Nagy denied Fatovic in a 6 on 5. Then had one more save to secure the Magyars’ win – a pretty well-deserved one indeed.

Quotes

Tamas Marcz, head coach, Hungary:

“We are happy to take one more step. It’s a small step, we have to assess this success carefully. What I liked how the team developed, we could come up with three cool, collected performances on three consecutive days against top teams, winning the final in the home of an extremely strong team. This is great and boost our confidence but plenty of hard work awaits us as I know we can get even better than this.”

 

Ivicc Tuck, head coach, Croatia:

“Without doubt, Hungary deserved this win. They were the better side in all aspects of the game. I might have recalled a couple of interesting decisions which would have sent the match into different direction but it’s not the time to do it as the Hungarians did everything better today.”

 

Viktor Nagy, goalie, Hungary:

“When you are really immersed into the club season you sometimes find hard to maintain your level on a constant high. But once you have a week in the national team, and especially a one like this with a big tournament at the end, then somehow you feel that you have been kicked to another dimension, you find extra motivation, your soul is electrified. And a team can end up like this: everything starts clicking and you can win three pretty tough matches like this. I think we have to stay humble, work hard and maintain our winning mentality. These are the keys of success.”

 

Javier Garcia, player, Croatia:

“As they say in the US, it was just a bad day in the office. Obviously, we didn’t play well today, Hungary did everything better, man-up, man-down, swimming, moving, they really outplayed us this evening. We learnt a lesson and had to bounce back in the summer.”

Defences on top as Spain downs Italy for Super Final berth
Results & Teams

Game 11, 18.30 – Bronze medal match: Italy v Spain 7-9

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

Referees: Sebastien Dervieux (FRA), Boris Margeta (SLO)

ITALY

Marco DEL LUNGO, Francesco DE MICHELIS (GK) – Francesco DI FULVIO 1, Guillermo MOLINA, Pietro FIGLIOLI 2, Edoardo DI SOMMA, Alessandro VELOTTO, Vincenzo RENZUTO 1, Gonzalo ECHENIQUE 1, Nicholas PRESCIUTTI 1, Michael BODEGAS, Matteo AICARDI 1, Zeno BERTOLI. Head coach: Alessandro Campagna

SPAIN

Eduardo LORRIO, Daniel LOPEZ (GK, n. e.) – Alberto MUNARRIZ 3, Alvaro GRANADOS, Miguel DE TORO, Alberto BARROSO 1, Augusti PERICAS, Sergi CABANAS, Francisco FERNANDEZ, Roger TAHULL 1, Felipe PERRONE 1, Blai MALLARACH 3, Alejandro BUSTOS. Head coach: David Martin

Extramen:

ITA: 3 for 8

ESP: 1 for 7

Penalties:

ITA: 1 for 1

ESP: 2 for 2

MVP of the game:

Blai Mallarach (ESP)

Report

Two great centre-shots kicked off the big battle for the last remaining berth in the Super Final. Matteo Aicardi back-handed shot gave the lead the Italians, then Roger Tahull’s aerial catch-and-go pulled the sides to even. Tahull’s then set up Blai Mallarach for another action goal to make 1-2 – quite an opening. Then the defences and the goalies took over but even if the Italians managed to kill two man-ups, in between Felipe Perrone drove himself in front of the goal and netted a third action goal for Spain.

The Italians responded well in the second, Nicholas Presciutti also pushed one in at equal strength then they denied another Spanish 6 on 5 and Gonzalo Echenique put away their first one, so in 90 seconds they equalised for 3-3. Both teams missed one man-up apiece (Spain was 0 for 4 at this stage), the defences did a tremendous job again so the standing was frozen till half-time.

The Spaniards broke their 10:51 minute-long silence by a free-throw from Alberto Munarriz, while the Italians failed to make their next man-up. And Spain went on, Alberto Barroso converted a penalty (called based on the new regulations, touching the centre’s ball-holding arm from behind). Another Italian 6 on 5 gone, and Mallarch was on target finally in the sixth man-up for 3-6. The Settebello pulled one back, Pietro Figlioli just beat the buzzer from their following extra – their draught lasted for 10:26 minutes –, but Spain’s answer came immediately, Munarriz converted another penalty for 4-7. The Spaniards even had a possession with four shots (rebounds were collected continuously) but none went in and Italy reduced the gap once more when Zeno Bertoli netted an extra. But luck wasn’t their side as Munarriz’s shot somehow sneaked in after touching two hands at least with 29 seconds to go. Still, the Settebello could get closer when Francesco di Fulvio quickly netted a man-up 5.5sec before the last break for 6-8.

Italy changed its goalie for the final period – Spain, interestingly, left Dani Lopez on the bench for this match but Eduardo Lorrio was up to the task – who came up with a couple of great saves but the offense wasn’t on top as they couldn’t score from a man-up at the other end. Minutes were ticking down without stopping so the players were visibly tiring in the swimming contest, while the attacks were losing their sharpness at both ends. With 3:27 to, Alessandro Campagna called for a time-out but Lorrio continued stopping the shots coming from the distance. Finally di Fulvio could get close to the goal and earned a penalty with 1:24 to go and Figlioli didn’t miss it (7-8). Then a man-up arrived, prompting protests from the Spanish bench, but after the time-out the Italians were unable to set up a better shooting position and their forced shot flew wide. Spain called for a calming time-out 20 seconds from time and it paid off as Munarriz sent a blistering 6m shot from a free throw to the bottom left corner with 14 seconds remaining and that sealed Spain’s bronze medal which is equal to a ticket to the Belgrade Super Final. On the other hand, Italy needs to reschedule the start of its Olympic qualification campaign to the World Championships.

Quotes

David Martin, head coach, Spain:

“We had three very hard days and I’m really proud of my team to clinch the bronze medal. This is what we wanted to achieve, to qualify for the Super Final. This game was a very physical one, as you can expect when you play with Italy but we did our best and managed to win.”

 

Alessandro Campagna, head coach, Italy:

“It was an interesting experience with the new rules. What is inevitable for us to improve our physical condition. And even though the World League is over for us, at least we will have time to work while the others had to play the Super Final just one week after the Champions League Final Eight.”

 

Felipe Perrone, captain, Spain:

“We are really happy to win this match. It was a hard game, a hard weekend but it’s great to see the team fighting all through these three days. I think we did a great job here.”

Montenegro wins 30-goal epic against Serbian brothers
Results & Teams

Game 10, 16.45 – For places 5-6th: Montenegro v Serbia 16-14

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

Referees: Nikolaos Boudiramis (GRE), David Gomez (ESP)

MONTENEGRO

Dejan LAZOVIC, Slaven KANDIC (GK – n. e.) – Drasko BRGULJAN, Duro RADOVIC 1, Marko PETKOVIC 2, Bojan BANICEVIC, Vlado POPADIC, Mladan JANOVIC 3, Aleksa UKROPINA 2, Aleksandar IVOVIC 3, Vladan SPAIC 2, Dragan DRASKOVIC 1, Nikola MURISIC 2. Head coach: Vladimir Gojkovic

SERBIA

Branislav MITROVIC, Dimitr RISTICEVIC, (GK) – Dusan MANDIC 1, Nikola DEDOVIC 1, Sava RANDELOVIC, Milos CUK 1, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 4, Dorde LAZIC, Milan ALEKSIC, Nikola JAKSIC 1, Filip FILIPOVIC 3, Ognjen STOJANOVIC, Strahinja RASOVIC 3. Head coach: Dejan Savic

Extramen:

MNE: 6 for 11

SRB: 4 for 11

Penalties:

MNE: 2 for 2

SRB: 3 for 3

MVP of the game:

Mladan Janovic (MNE)

Report

Just like the game for the 7th place, this was also ended up in a scoring festival. While in the games where is a lot at stake – quarter-finals, semis or in the medal round, the traditional ‘meeting point’ for these two sides – there is hard marking, enormous physical battle and players need to offer outstanding efforts to score a single goal, here the motivation was not the same in defending. And that gave way for the heavy guns as both sides feature a handful of scoring machines.

They used the opportunity so the encounter reminded a classic showdown from the Wild West, load-and-shoot all the way. Earlier some clash produced 11 goals altogether, now the Serbs led 5-6 after eight minutes. However, the Montenegrins was a bit more focused and turned the game by halftime when they were 10-8 up (in the past opponents could barely reach double digits against the Serbs in any game – not it was 10 at halftime already). 

The Olympic champs tried to find some more motivation but they lacked the edge and only towards the end of the game managed to get close to their ‘brothers’ by netting four connecting goals. With 1:32 to go it was 15-14 (from 15-10) but the Montenegrins earned a penalty in their next possession and Alexandar Ivovic didn’t miss from the line to secure a fine win for Montenegro.

Serbia lost two in three days, something highly unusual considering the fact that they were unbeaten from mid-July 2014 till the summer of 2016 during 34 matches at the majors. As the host, they will play in the Super Final in June but definitely need to recalibrate their team as the first worrying signs have now become visible which usually mark the starting decline of great water polo dynasties.

Greece enjoys a fine cruise to gain first win in Zagreb
Results & Teams

Game 9, 15.00 – For places 7-8th: Russia v Greece 14-15

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

Referees: Sinisa Matijasevic (MNE), Gyorgy Kun (HUN)

RUSSIA

Vitaly STATSENKO, Petr FEDOTOV (GK, n. e.) – Ivan SUCHKOV, Ivan VASILEV, Nikita DEREVIANKIN 1, Ivan KOPTSEV, Daniil MERKULOV 2, Ivan NAGAEV 3, Igor BYCHKOV 2, Dmitrii KHOLOD 3, Sergey LISUNOV, Roman SHEPELEV 3. Head coach: Sergey Evstigneev

GREECE

Konstantinos FLEGKAS, Emmanouil ZERDEVAS (GK, n. e.) – Konstantinos GENIDOUNIAS 4, Dimitrios SKOUMPAKIS, Marios KAPOTSIS, Ioannis FOUNTOULIS 2, Alexandros PAPANASTASIOU, Georgios DERVISIS 1, Stylianos ARGYROPOULOS, Konstantinos MOURIKIS 2, Christodoulos KOLOMVOS, Alexandros GOUNAS 2, Angelos VLACHOPOULOS 4. Head coach: Theodoros Vlachos

Extramen:

RUS: 5 for 9

GRE: 4 for 11

Penalties:

RUS: 1 for 1

GRE: 3 for 3

MVP of the game:

Angelos Vlachopoulos (GRE)

Report

It was an entertaining match which was rather a scoring festival as on the last day – with nothing more than the pride at stake – the concentration level of the defences somewhat dropped. The game was balanced until the middle of the third when the Greek could expand the gap to three goals at 9-12 and from that point it was a chasing game. The Russians tried hard but Greece could maintain the 2-3 goal lead till the finish. With 2:41 to go they missed their extra and with 1:25 remaining on the clock the Russians managed to come as close as a single goal at 13-14. Greece had another man-up, it seemed a bit shaky as the shot-clock was ticking down, the Russians risked, two players left their positions to launch a counter but Georgios Dervisis remained cool and just beat the buzzer while sending the ball home for 13-15. Though one more Russian goal followed in the remaining time but it came 4 seconds from time, so Greece gained its first win here while the Russians had to return home with three defeats in the finals. 

To some’s surprise, Hungary won the World League Europa Cup final in Zagreb after upsetting world title-holder Croatia in an outstanding battle in front of 2,000 fans, thanks to the superb performance of its goalie Viktor Nagy. By beating Italy in a hotly contested bronze medal match, Spain caught the last train going to Belgrade to the World League Super Final in June.

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07Apr2019

World famous sporting greats conducted the WP draw for the World Championships in Zagreb

Water polo greats like the most successful coach in history Ratko Rudic and his colleague from the soccer field, Zlatko Dalic, head coach of the 2018 World Cup silver medallist Croatian team were on stage to conduct the draw of the water polo tournaments of the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju (KOR).

World Championships 2019
Zagreb (CRO)
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07Apr2019

ASWS, Day 2: Four nations share the gold

Four nations earned gold in the four finals contested in the second day of the Alexandroupolis’ leg of FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, taking place in Greece from April 5-7. Canada, Italy, Japan and Ukraine were the best countries of the day, while Greece, Israel and Russia also had their best representatives on the podium.

Artistic Swimming World Series 2019
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07Apr2019

Hungary's magic sinks Italy, Croatia scores three in the last three minutes to beat Spain

Men's Water Polo World League - European Prelims 2019
Zagreb (CRO)
Denes Varga scores 4, leads Hungary to stunning victory
Results & Teams

Game 7, 18.30 – Semi-finals: Hungary v Italy 12-11

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

Referees: Michiel Zwart (NED), Boris Margeta (SLO)

HUNGARY

Soma VOGEL, Viktor NAGY (GK – not entered) – Daniel ANGYAL, Krisztian MANHERCZ 1, Gergo ZALANKI, Marton VAMOS 2, Toni NEMET 1, Tamas SEDLMAYER 1, Gergo KOVACS 1, Szilard JANSIK 1, Denes VARGA 4, Zoltan POHL 1, Bence BATORI. Head coach: MARCZ Tamas

ITALY

Marco DEL LUNGO, Francesco DE MICHELIS (GK, n. e.) – Francesco DI FULVIO 4, Guillermo MOLINA, Pietro FIGLIOLI 1, Edoardo DI SOMMA, Alessandro VELOTTO, Vincenzo RENZUTO 2, Gonzalo ECHENIQUE 1, Nicholas PRESCIUTTI, Michael BODEGAS 2, Matteo AICARDI 1, Zeno BERTOLI. Head coach: Alessandro Campagna

Extramen:

HUN: 4 for 9

ITA: 3 for 13

Penalties:

HUN: 1 for 1

ITA: 0 for 1

MVP of the game:

Denes Varga (HUN)

Report

Italy had two fine wins over the Hungarians in 2018, both games were really one sided – exactly a year ago they downed the Magyars 10-5 in the Europa Cup finals, followed by a 12-5 thrashing at the Europeans, Hungary’s worst-ever defeat in the history of the continental championship. The Magyars showed a definitely better form here in Zagreb against Montenegro, however, a last-minute injury to their best centre-forward Balazs Harai definitely weakened their chances. Italy also had some struggles against Russia, though it was still a better outcome than a year ago when they suffered an embarrassing defeat against Spain in this event’s first day in 2018.

The opening eight minutes saw a more or less balanced battle though Italy seemed to be more in control, netted two extramen goals then two fine action goals but the Hungarians were also able to create some nice chances even though they were less effective in the centre (and their remaining holeman quickly got two expulsions).

It stood 4-3 after the first period, then came a brilliant action goal from Francesco di Fulvio but Marton Vamos’ blast virtually stormed through the goalie’s hand. Italy’s drives worked however, another finely choreography reset their two-goal lead but they failed to put away a man-up and Szilard Jansik powered himself in front of the goal and netted another action goal. Soon it was 6-6, another Italian 6 on 5 gone, at the other end the Magyars showed patience to find the best option from their extra. They could have even taken the lead but Denes Varga’s ball didn’t cross the line and at the end Vincenzo Renzuto’s great one-timer found the back of the net for 6-7 and the Hungarians couldn’t make their next extra either.

Those two misses seemed to have been costly as di Fulvio scored a brilliant goal from the wing for 6-8 early in the third, but the counters still worked for the Hungarians and Denes Varga kept his team close with another action goal. Italy wasted another man-up while Varga sent the ball home from a 6 on 4 after Nicholas Presciutti had been red carded for a rougher foul. Renzuto saved a dying man-up by scoring in the very last second of their possession for 8-9, then missed one while the Hungarians could equalise with some luck as Toni Nemeth put away a rebound with 23 seconds remaining from the third. What’s more, the Italians messed up their attack, the Magyars launched a fast counter, earned a penalty and Denes Varga buried it with 1.2sec to go – for the first time Hungary was in front at 10-9.

A penalty would have helped Italy to go even right in their first possession but di Fulvio blasted it over the bar, then the Magyars had on overplayed 6 on 5, however, next game Denes Varga’s usual magic as he pulled one in while being backwards to the goal – with 4:35 to go Hungary led 11-9. Blocks denied the next Italian man-up, Hungary could have gone three up but they were unable to make their 6 on 5 this time either. And Italy came closer as finally Echenique scored from an extra (after a time-out) and their next also went in, Figlioli equalised for 11-11, with 1:46 to go.

But Hungary wasn’t done, Krisztian Manhercz beat his defender with an outstanding bodytrick and sent the ball home 58 seconds from time. And they defended well even though Italy regained the last possession but couldn’t set up anything, much to the delight of dozens of Hungarian fans stands who loudly celebrated their team’s surprising triumph.

Quotes

Tamas Marcz, head coach, Hungary:

“We had to make last-minute adjustments after the injury of Balazs (Harai), we did it in a hurry but the team reacted pretty well. Indeed we planned to play with a lot of movements in attack, in the new situation we needed even more to earn exclusions or score action goals but my players were up to the task. I was also happy to see them fighting without any fear. We were badly beaten by the Italians in the last year for a couple of times and in those games we were unable to react to their aggressive style and toughness. Now we were on level with them in all aspects and that brought the result. It was a great win, still, we have one more game to play here.”

 

Alessandro Campagna, head coach, Italy

“It was a balanced game where we couldn’t make a couple of great chances. It was a good match, both teams put in great efforts. At the end, at 11-11 some little nuances decided the outcome. There was a turnover foul, then a one-on-one goal from Manhercz, then we had two more possessions, perhaps a penalty shootout would have been a rightful end but the winners are never to be questioned.”

 

Soma Vogel, goalie, Hungary:

“We are extremely happy to manage to show that we could play a great game with Italy. I think the development of our team is quite visible now, we played as a unit, fought like wolves and never stopped believing that we could do it.”

Croatia stages 3-0 rush after 9-9 to beat Spain
Results & Teams

Game 8, 20.15 – Semi-finals: Spain v Croatia 9-12

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

Referees: Sebastien Dervieux (FRA), Sinisa Matijasevic (MNE)

SPAIN

Daniel LOPEZ, Eduardo LORRIO (GK, n. e.) – Alberto MUNARRIZ 2, Alvaro GRANADOS 1, Miguel DE TORO 1, Alberto BARROSO 2, Bernat SANAHUJA, Sergi CABANAS, Francisco FERNANDEZ, Roger TAHULL, Felipe PERRONE 2, Blai MALLARACH 1, Alejandro BUSTOS. Head coach: David Martin

CROATIA

Marko BIJAC, Ivan MARCELIC (GK, n. e.) – Marko MACAN, Loren FATOVIC 3, Luka LONCAR 2, Maro JOKOVIC 2, Andrija BASIC, Ante VUKICEVIC 2, Andro BUSLJE 2, Lovre MILOS, Josip VRLIC, Andelo SETKA, Javier GARCIA 1. Head coach: Ivica Tucak

Extramen:

ESP: 5 for 9

CRO: 4 for 12

Penalties:

ESP: none

CRO: 1 for 1

MVP of the game:

Maro Jokovic (CRO)

Report

Spain took a dream-like start as Felipe Perrone stormed to a great counter-attacking goal, then, after a killed man-up, Alejandro Bustos pulled the ball in from close range to give Spain a 2-0 lead. The Croats needed more than four minutes to settle themselves but then their scoring machine began to work. They netted four in 2:49 seconds, three of them from action. 

In the second they hosts missed two man-ups but after a long and exhausting swimming and battling competition Ante Vukicevic’s one-timer gave Croatia a two-goal lead and the Spaniards, scoreless for almost seven minutes, looked a bit hopeless in this phase. But the European silver medallist side showed why they are regarded one of the most quickly developing teams: they bounced back with two great shots from Alberto Munarriz. One came from a free-throw, the other from a man-up with 10 seconds from time to tie the score by halftime at 5-5.

After a missed man-up at both ends the battle heated up in the third. The Croats took the lead three times but the Spaniards always had a reply. Vukicevic put away an extra, then Alberto Barroso hit for 6-6 from a free-throw. Andro Buslje converted another 6 on 5, this time Felipe Perrone had the answer with a pin-point shot for 7-7. Luka Loncar pushed the ball in after some heavy fighting around the goal-line while the Croats could get the rebound twice. Barroso sent a bouncing beauty under the bar with 49sec to go in the third, then a Croatian goal was disallowed, again after a rebound in a man-up (it was a right call) so it stood 8-8 before the last period.

Maro Jokovic just beat the buzzer for an action goal to kick off the final eight minutes but Alvaro Granados stayed cool to sent the ball home from a 6 on 4. Both goalies delivered some great saves while the tensions grew sky high during thanks to some ambiguous situations. One ended in a man-up for Croatia but Dani Lopez could deny them, though only momentarily since after the corner-throw Maro Jokovic’s left hand did the usual magic, sending an outstanding shot to the top left corner. Then came the turning point, the Spaniards hit the post from their man-up, Loren Fatovic escaped, earned a penalty and converted it, though Lopez almost caught it. So it was 9-11 instead of 10-10, with 2:12 to go – Croatia seemed to have it. And they did: Fatovic netted their next man-up with 1:19 to go which ended the contest. 

Quotes

Ivica Tucak, head coach, Croatia:

“At the beginning we created difficulties for ourselves as we didn’t control the ball well in offence and didn’t control the situations after losing those balls. Then we could raise our game and we managed to find the right choices to beat a very strong rival as Spain played great this evening once again.”

 

David Martin, head coach, Spain:

“This is sport, one day you win, the other day you lose. We played with a great team, we did our best but against Croatia it’s always a physical battle. They are strong and you need to be at the top of your shape to be on level with them. At this phase of the season the players physical condition is not the best, still, I’m very proud of my team as we could play a balanced match.”

 

Loren Fatovic, player, Croatia:

“It was a swim-shoot-swim-shoot game, a great battle. I think at the end it was the individual quality which decided this match. Spain is a fantastic team, they played great but there are some really classy players on our side who can make the difference in a match like this.”

 

Felipe Perrone, captain, Spain:

“I think this was a great game, an excellent promotion of water polo. Both team did a great job, I think Croatia deserved this win as at the end they could add something extra.”

Montenegro sets scoring record while beating Russia
Results & Teams

Game 5, 15.00 – For places 5-8th: Montenegro v Russia 15-9

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

Referees: David Gomez (ESP), Ivan Rakovic (SRB)

MONTENEGRO

Dejan LAZOVIC, Slaven KANDIC (GK – n. e.) – Drasko BRGULJAN 2, Duro RADOVIC, Marko PETKOVIC 3, Uros CUCKOVIC, Vlado POPADIC 1, Mladan JANOVIC 2, Bogdan DURDIC 1, Aleksandar IVOVIC 4, Dragan DRASKOVIC, Nikola MURISIC 2. Head coach: Vladimir Gojkovic

RUSSIA

Petr FEDOTOV, Vitaly STATSENKO (GK, n. e.) – Ivan SUCHKOV, Ivan VASILEV, Nikita DEREVIANKIN, Ivan KOPTSEV, Daniil MERKULOV, Ivan NAGAEV 3, Igor BYCHKOV 1, Dmitrii KHOLOD 1, Sergey LISUNOV 2, Roman SHEPELEV 2. Head coach: Sergey Evstigneev

Extramen:

MNE: 3 for 7

RUS: 4 for 13

Penalties:

MNE: 2 for 2

RUS: 1 for 2

MVP of the game:

Mladan Janovic (MNE)

Report

Montenegro had most reserves and could rest a couple of hours more than the Russians who arrived from devastating battle against Italy. For a while they could keep up with the Montenegrins bit the World League title-holders extended the gap step-by-step. They led 4-3 after the opening period, 6-4 at half-time and delivered the killer blow in the third while netting three unanswered goals. Russian attack went into ‘silent mood’ for 12:20 minutes while Montenegro jumped from 5-4 to a 9-4 lead. The Russians woke up a bit late though in a span of 62 seconds they could have come back to 9-7 but Kholod hit the bar from a late penalty so it stood 9-6 before the last break. And soon it was 10-6 which seemed to have settled the game. With nothing left at stake, a series of nice goals and a couple of penalties followed (the latter ones were called based on the new rules), the Montenegrins didn’t slow down so they added six more in the last period.

Serbian defence begins to work in the second half, enough to down Greece
Results & Teams

Game 6, 16.45 – For places 5-8th: Serbia v Greece 14-10

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

Referees: Axel Bender (GER), Gyorgy Kun (HUN)

SERBIA

Dimitr RISTICEVIC, Branislav MITROVIC (GK) – Dusan MANDIC 1, Nikola DEDOVIC, Sava RANDELOVIC, Ognjen STOJANOVIC, Dusko PIJETLOVIC 3, Dorde LAZIC 1, Milan ALEKSIC 2, Nikola JAKSIC 1, Filip FILIPOVIC 4, Andrija PRLAINOVIC 1, Strahinja RASOVIC 1. Head coach: Dejan Savic

GREECE

Konstantinos FLEGKAS, Emmanouil ZERDEVAS (GK, n. e.) – Konstantinos GENIDOUNIAS, Dimitrios SKOUMPAKIS, Marios KAPOTSIS 3, Ioannis FOUNTOULIS 1, Alexandros PAPANASTASIOU, Georgios DERVISIS 1, Stylianos ARGYROPOULOS 2, Konstantinos MOURIKIS, Christodoulos KOLOMVOS, Alexandros GOUNAS 3, Angelos VLACHOPOULOS. Head coach: Theodoros Vlachos

Extramen:

SRB: 9 for 16

GRE: 6 for 16

Penalties:

SRB: none

GRE: 0 for 1

MVP of the game:

Marios Kapotsis (GRE)

Report

It was a neck-to-neck game for two periods, defences didn’t work that well as both sides scored 8 goals in the first half. The Serbs lacked the saves from their reserve keeper but once the experienced Branislav Mitrovic jumped in for the second half, the game took a different direction. The Greeks could add only one goal per period (they dropped to 2 for 8 in the second half, had 4 for 8 in the first), missed a penalty, while the Serbian attack remained effective as they won the second half 6-2.

After a couple of big beatings last year, Hungary stroke back to beat the Italians in the first semi-final of the World League Europa Cup finals in Zagreb. The Magyars came from behind to clinch the game 12-11 while offering some of their usual magic. They will face Croatia which managed to outpower Spain in the closing minutes, netting the last three goals of the game after 9-9. This sets up a re-match of the 2017 World Championship final.

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06Apr2019

ASWS, Day 1: Ukraine 2 – Canada 1

Ukraine and Canada earned the three gold medals at stake in the first day of the second leg of the 2019 FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, taking place in Alexandroupolis (GRE), from April 5-7. The finals of this inaugural day included the Solo Technical, Duet Technical and Team Technical.

Artistic Swimming World Series 2019
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06Apr2019

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