FINA World Championships, Water Polo: Men’s Classification Matches Continue

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ROME, Italy, July 28. WATER polo entered its 10th day of competition at the FINA World Championships. The men continued their classification and quarterfinal matchups.

In quarterfinal action, Serbia clipped Hungary, 10-9. Vanja Udovicic and Andrija Prlainovic totaled three goals each for Serbia, which connected on 10 of 36 shots. Gergely Kiss paced Hungary with three goals, as the Hungarians went 9-for-32.

The U.S. squashed Germany, 8-5, in another quarterfinal. The U.S. utilized an incredibly balanced attack with eight different players scoring. The U.S. converted 8 of 21 shots. Marc Politze scored twice for Germany, which went 5-for-29.

Croatia cleared Romania, 7-5, in the third quarterfinal match. Damir Buric and Miho Boskovic led Croatia with two goals each, as the squad went 7-for-26. Cosmin Alexandru Radu totaled three goals for Romania, which went 5-for-26.

Spain smashed Canada, 11-4, in the final contest of the night. Xavier Garcia accounted for three goals for Spain, which tallied 11 goals on 26 shots. Canada had four different goal scorers, as the team went 4-for-22.

The 9th-12th place semifinals took place with Montenegro crushing China, 13-5. Vladimir Gojkovic paced Montenegro with a hat trick for the team that connected on 13 of 36 shots. Yu Lijun led China with four goals, as China went 5-for-19.

Australia downed Italy, 8-6, in the other 9th-12th place semi. Richard Campbell tallied three goals for Australia, which connected on 8 of 25 shots. Alessandro Calcaterra posted a hat trick for Italy, which went 6-for-21.

Brazil knocked off Macedonia, 16-15, in the 13th-14th place tilt. Marcelo Franco and Felipe Franco tallied four goals for Brazil, which went 16-for-42. Dusan Krstic led Macedonia with four goals, which converted 15 of 42 shots.

In the battle for 15th-16th place, South Africa edged Kazakhstan, 6-5. Christopher Brown led South Africa with two goals, as the team went 6-for-25 from the field. Alexandr Gaidukov and Sergey Gorovoy each notched two goals for Kazakhstan, which went 5-for-26.

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