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Croatia wins 2013 Mediterranean Games

Croatia is the winner of the 2013 Mediterranean Games defeating Spain 11-9 in the final on Tuesday in Mersin, Turkey. The Croats claimed their ever first Mediterranean Games gold medal on their way to the upcoming 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain this summer holding off a Spanish squad who trailed most of the game after a better start and only managed to come close in the final phase. The Iberians finished runners-up for the second straight time after falling to Serbia 9-4 in the 2009 final but can look back on a confirmation of being on the right track towards their 'home' worlds. However Croatia proved superior in this encounter and held on for the two-goal victory and overall win; a nice performance towards the first major test of the new Olympic cycle in the Catalan capital this summer. Sandro Sukno and Maro Jokovic (pictured) delivered on offense for the reigning Olympic champs scoring four and three goals respectively. Top scorers for Spain were Albert Espanñol and leftie Blai Mallarach who netted two each.

The final day of water polo action at the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey started off with the battle for fifth place featuring Serbia and France. A low scoring first half (0-1) was followed by nine-goal third and fourth quarter combined in which France held on to win 3-7 and finish the tournament as number five. Both teams were not exactly on target. The young Serbs shot just 3-for-28 while France recorded a 7-for-23 shooting performance. The following game saw Greece clinching the third position as they held off 2011 world champs Italy 9-8. Both Ioannis Fountoulis and Konstatinos Mourikis netted two each for the Greek who clinched their fourth ever bronze medal after 1951, 1991 and 1993. Italy had finished third in the Games' previous edition in 2009. Matteo Aicardi and lefthander Valentino Gallo were the team's top scorers for the Italians netting two each.


XVIIth Mediterranean Games
June 20-30
Mersin, Turkey

Fixtures and results


Wednesday, June 19

16.00: Greece vs. Serbia 12-3 (3-1, 1-1, 4-0, 4-1)
17.30: Italy vs. France 9-6 (1-0, 2-2, 3-1, 3-3)
19.00: Croatia vs. Spain 8-7 (3-0, 2-2, 3-1, 0-4)

Friday, June 21

16.00: Greece vs. France 12-6 (1-1, 3-2, 4-1, 4-2)
17.30: Serbia vs. Italy 5-12 (2-5, 2-2, 0-3, 1-2)
19.00: Turkey vs. Spain 3-13 (1-3, 1-4, 0-3, 1-3)

Saturday, June 22

16.00: Greece vs. Italy 8-5 (3-0, 2-3, 2-1, 1-1)
17.30: France vs. Serbia 7-3
19.00: Turkey vs. Croatia 4-17 (1-5, 1-6, 1-4, 1-2)

Final standings

Group A

1. Greece 3 - 6 pts
2. Italy 3 - 4
3. France 3 - 2
4. Serbia 3 - 0

Group B

1. Croatia 2 - 4 pts
2. Spain 2 - 2
3. Turkey 2 - 0

Sunday, June 23

15.30: Turkey (3B) vs. Serbia (4A) 8-9 (1-1, 0-2, 2-3, 5-2; extra time: 0-0, 0-1)  - 10
17.15: Greece (1A) vs. Spain (2B) 7-10 (1-1, 2-1, 3-5, 1-3)  - 11
19.00: Croatia (1B) vs. Italy (2A) 7-5 (2-2, 2-2, 0-1, 3-0)  - 12

Tuesday, June 25

5th-6th place

11.00: Serbia (W10) vs. France (3A) 3-7 (0-0, 0-1, 2-3, 1-3)

3rd-4th place
16.30: Greece (L11) vs. Italy (L12) 9-8 (1-3, 3-3, 4-1, 1-1)

1st-2nd place
18.15: Spain (W11) vs. Croatia (W12) 9-11 (3-2, 2-4, 3-3, 1-2)

N.b.: times mentioned are local time

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