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FINALS BUDAPEST MEN: CROATIA TAKES GOLD, HUNGARY SILVER, SERBIA BRONZE

Croatia was able to beat the host team Hungary in the grand final of 17th FINA World Championships in the Hajós Alfréd Complex thanks to a great first quarter and three goals from captain Sandro Sukno. Hungary wanted to be the second team ever to win the world championships at home, while Croatia wanted to break the ice and finally take home a gold medal after winning a few silver medals in the last couple of years in FINA tournaments.

Source: FINA Budapest 2017


Final result of the 17th FINA world championships men’s water polo tournament:

1. Croatia: 1 Marko Bijac, 2 Marko Macan, 3 Loren Fatovic, 4 Luka Loncar, 5 Maro Jokovic, 6 Ivan Buljubasic, 7 Ante Vukicevic, 8 Andro Buslje, 9 Sandro Sukno, 10 Ivan Krapic, 11 Andelo Setka, 12 Javier Garcia Gadea, 13 Ivan Marcelic

2. Hungary: 1 Viktor Nagy, 2 Béla Török, 3 Krisztián Manhercz, 4 Gergő Zalánki, 5 Márton Vámos, 6 Norbert Hosnyánszky, 7 Ádám Decker, 8 Miklós Gór-Nagy, 9 Balázs Erdélyi, 10 Dénes Varga, 11 Tamás Mezei, 12 Balázs Hárai, 13 Attila Decker

3. Serbia: 1 Gojko Pijetlovic, 2 Dusan Mandic, 3 Viktor Rasovic, 4 Sava Randjelovic, 5 Milos Cuk, 6 Dusko Pijetlovic, 7 Nemanja Ubovic, 8 Milan Aleksic, 9 Nikola Jaksic, 10 Filip Filipovic, 11 Andrija Prlainovic, 12 Stefan Mitrovic, 13 Branislav Mitrovic

4. Greece
5. Montenegro
6. Italy
7. Australia
8. Russia
9. Spain
10. Japan
11. Kazakhstan
12. Brazil
13. USA
14. France
15. Canada
16. South Africa

MVP of the bronze game: Andrea Prlainovic (Serbia)
MVP of the final: Sandro Sukno (Croatia)
Top goal scorer: Ioannis Fountoulis (Greece) 23 goals
Best goalkeeper: Viktor Viktor (Hungary)



Play-by-play 


FOR GOLD AND SILVER:

Hungary-Croatia 6-8 (0-4, 2-0, 2-2, 2-2)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, 7800 spectators, referees: Severo (ITA), Alexandrescu (ROU)

Hungary:
Nagy V. – Gór-Nagy, Hosnyánszky, Vámos 3, Varga Dénes, Erdélyi 1, Mezei. Subs: Manhercz 1, Zalánki, Hárai, Török 1, Decker Á. Head coach: Märcz Tamás
Croatia: Bijac – Loncar 1, Buljubasic, Garcia 2, Setka, Sukno 3, Jokovic 1. Subs: Macan 1, Fatovic, Vukicevic, Krapic, Buslje. Head coach: Ivica Tucak

Croatia jumped off to a great start, Sukno scored on their very first attack of the game. They followed this up with three other goals and won the first quarter 4-0. Croatia defended really well and Hungary's offense was really ineffective in the beginning.