Serbia, Croatia Stay Dominant in Men’s World League European Prelims

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The European teams disputed their fourth round of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League preliminaries on Monday February 12 and Tuesday February 13.

Powerhouse Serbia dominated their game in Oradea (ROU), and beat the host country squad 14-7 (4-3, 3-4, 3-0-, 4-0).

Group B’s leader Croatia defeated Russia 17-9 in Moscow, despite a tie in the first quarter (4-4, 5-1, 4-3, 4-1).

Spain won its game against the Netherlands 12-4 (4-0, 2-1, 4-2, 2-1), and maintain its second position in Group C behind Hungary.

Provisional Ranking
GROUP A: 1. SRB 9 pts; 2. MNE 3 pts; 3. ROU 0 pt
GROUP B: 1. CRO 9 pts; 2. RUS 2 pts; 3. GER 1 pt
GROUP C: 1. HUN 6 pts; 2. ESP 6 pts, 3. NED 0 pt

The fifth round of the World League will be played on March 6 in Ruza (RUS) and March 20 in Podgorica (MNE), and Debrecen (HUN).

The women’s European tournament resumes on Tuesday February 27.

About Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)
The Fédération Internationale de Natation, founded in 1908, is the governing body for aquatics worldwide. FINA’s five discipline Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming – are all included in the Olympic programme. High Diving made its first appearance in FINA events at the 2013 FINA World Championships. FINA counts 209 affiliated National Federations on the five continents and has its headquarters in Lausanne (SUI).

Press release courtesy of FINA. 

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