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© Russell McKinnon, FINA Media Committee

FINA MEN U.20: GREECE TAKES GOLD IN SHOOTOUT OVER CROATIA

Greece came from behind to defeat Croatia in a penalty shootout 12-10 after the match was tied at 7-7 for the FINA Junior Men’s World Championships at the Sports Centre Milan Gale Muskatirovic here tonight. Greece did not take the lead until the last minute of the match and Croatia levelled with a few nano seconds remaining to force the shootout. Greece landed all five and Greece missed its second attempt.

Some consolation for Croatia was Fran Cubranic being named the best goalkeeper for a fine week. Antonio Duzevic was also named to the Media All Star team as the best centre forward. 

Serbia held off Hungary 12-11 in the bronze-medal final where Hungarian head coach Gyorgy Horkai was one of the red-card recipients. Serbia led 8-4 at halftime and Kristian Manhercz led the Hungarian revival with four goals to lift himself to top of the goal-scoring in Belgrade with 26 goals and in the process named Most Valuable Player.

Source: Russell McKinnon, FINA Media Committee




Montenegro turned the tables on Spain for fifth place from day four when it lost by five goals in group play. Montenegrin Filip Gardasevic topped the scorers with four.

Italy took seventh place with a 14-8 score over United States of America, which included a 6-1 third period.

Awards:
Best Goalkeeper:
 Fran Cubranic (CRO)
Most Valuable Player: Kristian Manhercz (HUN)
Highest Goal-scorer: Kristian Manhercz (HUN) — 26 goals

Media All Star Team:
1. Fran Cubranic (CRO) — Goalkeepe
2.
Antonio Duzevic (CRO) — Centre Forward
3. Johnathan Hooper (USA)
4. Konstantin Kharkov (RUS)
5. Kristian Manhercz (HUN)
6. Alexandros Papanastasiou (GRE)
7. Filip Radojevic (SRB)

Match schedule:
Match 69. 16:00, ITALY 14 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 8
Classification 7-8
Match 70. 17:20, SPAIN 9 MONTENEGRO 13
Classification 5-6
Match 71. 18:40, SERBIA 12 HUNGARY 11
Classification 3-4
Match 72. 20:00, GREECE 12 CROATIA 10 in shotootu (FT: 7-7.
Pens: 5-3)
Classification 1-2

Final placings:
1. Greece
2. Croatia
3. Serbia
4. Hungary
5. Montenegro
6. Spain
7. Italy
8. United States of America
9.
Russia
10. Canada
11. Australia
12. China
13. Japan
14. Netherlands
15. Egypt
16. Iran
17. Argentina
18. New Zealand
19.Puerto Rico
20.
South Africa

MAtch reports

ITALY 14 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 8
Classification 7-8

Quarters: 3-1, 3-2, 6-1, 2-4
Referees: Josko Prancic (CRO), Daniel Bartels (AUS).
Penalties: ITA: 1/1.
Extra Man: ITA: 5/11. USA: 4/14.

Teams:
ITALY: Gianmarco Nicosia, Mario Del Basso, Giacomo Cannella (3), Michele Mezzarobba (2), Mario Guidi (3), Duilio Puccio, Stefano Guerrato (1), Edoardo Campopiano, Antonia Maccioni, Eduardo Manzi (2), Federico Piombo (2), Ettore Novara (1), Francesco De Michelis. Head Coach Ferdinando Pesci.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Alexander Wolf, Hannes Daube (3), Tyler Abramson, Ethan Wojciechowski, Quinten Osborne, Dylan Woodhead, Nicholas Bisconti, Jacob Ehrhardt, Jacob Cavano (1), Ashworth Molthen (3), Beck Jurasius, Johnathan Hooper (1), Samuel Murphy. Head Coach: Gavin Arroyo.

Italy made its intentions clear early and swam away with the match in the third period after dominating the first and second. Hannes Daube scored twice, bringing USA to within one in the second period, but that was where the USA attacking frequency ended. USA was nowhere near the best and as USA head coach Gavin Arroyo said before the match, it would the team that could get up the best after being down after the previous night’s losses, that would come through. USA is raw on talent and experience, while the Italians have more composure, working structure and individual skills. In fact, frustration reached boiling point when USA’s Quinten Osborne gained his second red card in as many days, 40 seconds from the final break, and team-mate Tyler Abramson buried an Italian scorer after the shot and was also rolled, just 17 seconds later. USA performed the way it could in the final quarter, improving the extra-man count drastically and winning the period 4-2. Italy had head coach Ferdinando Pesci back after sitting out the previous day’s loss to Spain because of a red card suspension. Italy was the silver medallist two years ago and has four titles and four other medals at this level. USA was 10th in Almaty and has never won a medal at this level. Michele Mezzarobba finished as his team’s highest scorer with 17 goals, one ahead of Edoardo Manzi and Giacomo Canella, who score three tonight. USA’s best was Johnathan Hooper with 19 while Daube was one behind. 

SPAIN 9 MONTENEGRO 13
Classification 5-6

Quarters: 2-2, 0-4, 5-3, 2-4
Referees: Scott Voltz (USA), Mihail Balanescu (ROU).
Penalties: ESP: 1/1.
Extra Man: ESP: 5/11. MNE: 5/10

Teams:
SPAIN: Miguel Linares, Pablo Gomez, Alvaro Granados (3), Nikolas Paul, David Carrasco, Fran Valera (1), Borja Fenoy, Oriol Rodriguez (1), Roger Tahull (1), Alejandro Bustos (2), Guillem Garcia, Alex De La Fuente (1), Alfonso Lopez-Saez. Head Coach: Svilen Piraklov.

MONTENEGRO: Peta Tesanovic, Dusan Matkovic, Branco Franeta (2), Nicolas Saveljic, Blazo Mitrovic (2), Bogdan Vujasevic, Aleksa Ukropina (2), Duro Radovic, Filip Gardasevic (4), Nikola Moskov (1), Vladan Spaic (1), Goran Grgurevic (1), Milija Mandic. Head Coach: Veljko Uskokovic.

After a fourth-day 17-12 rout by Spain, Montenegro was prepared this time around. Both teams came from a tough group that also included group winner, Netherlands and Japan. Croatia is in the final and these two were playing in the top six. On top of the rivalry was that two years ago in Almaty, Spain triumphed in the play-off for fifth. However, that was history and the first period was tight, Montenegro made sure of the second and looked comfortable by halftime. The margin shot out to five just after the change of ends and Branko Franeta caused more pain for Spain, raining in the eighth Montenegro goal at 6.30. Spain was not shut out just yet. Alvaro Granados, one of the best players in Belgrade, then set about the Spanish revival, bookending a four-goal burst that brought the match to 8-6. Goals were traded and the final quarter loomed with Spain looking the better team and Montenegro tiring. Granados scored his third — and 21st for the tournament — to open the fourth. Filip Gardasevic netted his third on extra from the deep right and Alejandro Bustos scored his second from deep left. Montenegrin captain Vladan Spaic took it to 11-9 from in front. Inside the final three minutes Gardasevic swam the length of the pool to score for a three-goal advantage. At the two-minute mark, Montenegro lost the ball and went on counter, in turn, losing the ball in front of goal. Dusan Matkovic had a shot tipped over the backline and Montenegro had the breathing space needed. The match was sealed with Ukropina scoring from top right with his left arm for 13-9, two seconds into the final minute. Spain had several chances, Montenegro went to a timeout at 0:27 and it was a done deal. The Montenegro win was a nine-goal turnaround from five days ago. Nikola Moskov, with just the one goal tonight, joined a raft of players on 22 goals and Granados on 22.

om the deep right and Alejandro Bustos scored his second from deep left. Montenegrin captain Vladan Spaic took it to 11-9 from in front. Inside the final three minutes Gardasevic swam the length of the pool to score for a three-goal advantage. At the two-minute mark, Montenegro lost the ball and went on counter, in turn, losing the ball in front of goal. Dusan Matkovic had a shot tipped over the backline and Montenegro had the breathing space needed. The match was sealed with Ukropina scoring from top right with his left arm for 13-9, two seconds into the final minute. Spain had several chances, Montenegro went to a timeout at 0:27 and it was a done deal. The Montenegro win was a nine-goal turnaround from five days ago. Nikola Moskov, with just the one goal tonight, joined a raft of players on 22 goals and Granados on 21.

SERBIA 12 HUNGARY 11
Classification 3-4

Quarters: 3-2, 5-2, 2-4, 2-3
Referees: Jaume Teixido (ESP), Luca Bianco (ITA).
Penalties: HUN: 2/2.
Extra Man: SRB: 5/12. HUN: 9/20.

Teams:
SERBIA: Radoslav Filipovic, Velji Tanksovic (2), Petar Tomic (2), Nikola Lukic, Dorde Vucinic, Ivan Gvozdanovic (1), Radomir Drasovic (1), Nebojsa Toholj, Marko Jankovic (2), Filip Radojevic, Nikola Radonjic (2), Petar Velkic (2), Milutin Belopavlovic. Head Coach: Vladimir Vujasinovic.

HUNGARY: Soma Vogel, Lorand Zerinvary, Denes Lukacs, Viktor Vadovics, Adam Nagy (1), Domonkos Selley-Rauscher, Kristof Szatmari (1), Erik Csacsovszky (1), Kristian Manhercz (4), Gergely Burian, Henrik Simon, Andras Teleki (2), Boldizsar Csiszar. Head Coach: Gyorgy Horkai.

Defending champion Serbia dispensed with the weight of gold and had to be content with bronze instead. With a packed house indoor while the weather was wet outside, Serbian fans were thrilled by the demeanour of their team. It’s all about winning for Serbia, having won the title twice as Serbia, twice as part of Serbia & Montenegro and once as part of Yugoslavia. It is a proud history and another medal has been added to the cabinet. Serbia rammed in the first two goals and led 3-2 at the quarter break while Hungary’s response was two goals from Kristof Szatmari, presumably a chaste young man after gaining a red card in the final quarter of the previous night’s 6-4 semifinal loss to Croatia. Peta Tanksovic gained his second to start the second quarter and two more goals followed, forcing Hungary to a timeout to try and stop the Serbian momentum. It worked as Hungary scored two of the next three goals, both to Kristian Manhercz, who drew level on 24 goals with Egyptian Seifeldeen Hesham as the tournament’s best. Marko Jankovic closed the half with a goal six seconds from time and Serbia was 8-4 ahead. Hungary struck twice more to start the third period through Adam Nagy, another player back from a red card, and Erik Csacsovszky, steering in a long pass to the right-post position after the extra-player time. Velkic gained a second on extra from top right and Serbia was three up again. Hungary called a timeout and the ploy was to get the ball to Andras Teleki on the right post and he delivered. Ivan Gvozdanovic went on counter and drilled the ball after many waves for 10-7 at 0:45. Hungary drew a penalty on a cross pass and Manhercz became the championship’s best scorer with the penalty conversion at 0:08.

There was an incident poolside with the referee and Hungarian head coach Gyorgy Horkai. Unfortunately for him he received a red card and could not coach for the rest of the match. Nikola Radonjic lifted the roof with a big shot to start the final spell. Two minutes later Szatmari converted extra from the top for 11-9. Serbia had a score through Radonjic for his second and Gergely Burian rose off the bench and was red-carded. At 3:39, Teleki received a lovely pop pass into centre forward and he turned and shot for 12-10. Serbia had an extra-man play blocked, Hungary lost the ball on attack 1:24 and Serbia was in the box seat. Nagy drew a penalty on Drasovic at 0:48 and Manhercz converted for his fourth and, more importantly, 12-11 — one goal behind. Serbia had the ball stolen on attack and Hungary had time. Nagy swam the ball up and sped the ball into Viktor Vadovics, but the ball slid to his right and Tanksovic stole and enjoyed he moment when the bronze medal was won for Serbia. The 34 major foul count was the highest of the tournament. Hungary, third in Almaty and three times a champion, will not add to that historic tally.

GREECE 12 CROATIA 10 in penalty shootout (FT: 7-7. Pens: 4-3)
Classification 1-2

Quarters: 1-2, 1-2, 2-1, 3-2
Referees: Ivan Rakovic (SRB), Vladimir Golikov (RUS).
Penalties: Nil.
Extra Man: GRE: 4/10. CRO: 4/13.

Teams:
GREECE: Emmanouil Zerdevas, Dimitrios Skoumpakis, Nikolaos Gardikas (2+1), Konstantinos Gkiouvetsis (1+1), Dimitrios Nikolaidis (1), Alexandros Papanastasiou (1+1), Grigorios Giannopoulos, Pavlos Mouratidis, Nikolaos Delagrammatikas, Charalampos Troulos (1 +1), Iordais Masmanidis (1+1), Grigorios Kapetanakis, Polymeris Siordilis. Head Coach: Theodoros Lorantos.

CROATIA: Fran Cubranic, Antonio Duzevic (1), Ivan Domagoj Zovic (2), Jacob Mercep (+1), Zvonimir Butic, Marin Dasic (+1), Duje Pejkovic (1), Nikola Pavlicevic, Franko Lazic (1), Rino Buric (1+1), Matias Biljaka (1), Lovro Paparic, Luka Podrug. Head Coach: Nikica Gulin.

Greece overcame the odds, trailing all match, levelling in the final two minutes, going ahead and conceding a last-second goal to go to a penalty shootout. It was fantastic stuff and like a fairytale as Greece then converted all five attempts while Croatia missed one, giving Greece its second world crown. The first came in Istanbul 16 years ago so it has been a long time coming. Croatia was in control from the start and continued to maintain forward momentum through the quarters and make Greece play catch-up. Once Franko Lazic started the ball rolling and Zvonimir Buric scored on extra after a brilliant cross pass to centre forward, Greece was on the back foot. It was left to Alexandros Papanastasiou to redress the imbalance slightly, rising high to score from the left side.

Both teams took timeouts and that was the scoring for the period. Nikolaos Gardikas scored on extra, sending the ball into the bottom right from the top to level the match at 2-2. Matias Biljaka converted extra and soon after Croatia was back in the driver’s seat with star centre forward Antonio Duzevic hammering in a shot from point blank and 4-2. It took until five minutes into the period for the next goal to come. Ivan Domagoj Zovic converted extra for 5-2. Charalampos Troulos replied 90 seconds later to give Greece plenty of hope. The fourth quarter came and Duje Pejkovic converted extra for 6-4. Konstantinos Gkiouvetsis replied on the next attack on extra and it was game on. Pejkovic nearly pushed it out another goal with his power shot to the right. It bounced from water to bar, not crossing.

Greece called a timeout at 2:46 and the ensuing shot was blocked, recovered by Papanastasiou and rifled to Gardikas on the deep right wing as the excluded player was returning and sent the ball into goal for 6-6 at 2:21. Croatia called a timeout and the shot was purposely headed away by goalkeeper Emmanouil Zerdevas. Croatia regained only to lose the ball, sending Greece on attack. The first shot was blocked by the tournament’s best goalkeeper, Fran Cubranic, and Greece regained the ball. Then the unthinkable for Croatia happened as Dimitrios Nikolaidis grabbed the ball and scooped it into goal from five metres for 6-6, climbing Greece’s chances of a second world crown were now fully on track. Croatia called a timeout at 2:21 to no avail.

Greece had a player ejected at 45 seconds and the resulting shot was blocked by Zerdevas and Croatia regained from well outside. Two more shots were blocked and the ball was thrown to the bottom right and Domagoj Zovic fired cross cage for the equaliser — 7-7 at 1.3 seconds left on the clock. Greece shot and it was blocked so it was time for the first shootout of the tournament. Greece started first and all five shooters converted. Sadly for Croatia, number two shooter, Lazic, had his shot blocked by Zerdevas. When Konstantinos Gkiouvetsis took the last shot and scored for 12-10, the Greek supporters and players went wild. Greece could not use three of its players for the shootout and Croatia two, as they had fouled out.