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Hungary beats Greece on world juniors day 1

Almaty, September 4.— Opening day action from the FINA Junior Men’s World Water Polo Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan saw some excellent matches played in the new format. The smaller ball, smaller teams, smaller pitch and only six players a side in the pool, led to plenty of goals and more space to manoeuvre. The last tournament that staged this six-a-side format was the same event in Dunkirk, France in 1999. Eighteen teams are competing following the late withdrawal of Argentina and Brazil. Original match numbers will be retained and two groups will have one less team.

In Group A, Montenegro beat Egypt 14-11 in an enthralling match where Egypt just kept coming back at the stronger Europeans.

In Group B, Hungary beat Greece 17-9 and Netherlands was too hard to handle for China, winning 22-11.

In Group C, Serbia overwhelmed Australia 20-9 from a 5-0 start.

In Group D, Spain went from 9-6 ahead at halftime over Uzbekistan to a commanding 25-10 victory. Italy closed out host Kazakhstan 16-9 in the final match of the day.


18th FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships
Almaty (KAZ)

Friday 04-09:


Match 1: 10:00, Group A, MONTENEGRO 14 EGYPT 11
Quarters: 5-0, 4-6, 3-3, 2-2

Referees: Kunihiro Sato (JPN), Amirhossein Safabahsh (IRN).

Extra Man: MNE: 4/6. EGY: 0/1.

Pens: MNE: 1/1.

Teams:
MONTENEGRO: Aresenije Stanovic, Ugjesa Vukasovic (1), Dorde Bulatovic, Dusan Matkovic, Matija Brguljan (2), Nicolas Savejic (5), Danilo Adzic (2), Stefan Porobic, Filip Gardasevic (2), Janko Krivokapic (2), Milija Mandic. Head Coach: Zoran Maslovar.

EGYPT: Omara Osama, Moustafa Essmat (1), Aly Elaassar (2), Mahmoud Tarek (1), Ahmed Barakat (4), Abdelrahman Haroun, Ahmed Sherif (1), Hassan Haroun (1), Karim Mahmoud, Mahomed Mohsen (1), Marwan Ayman. Head Coach: Denes Lukacs.


Match 3: 11:20, Group B, HUNGARY 17 GREECE 9
Quarters: 5-2, 4-2, 5-2, 3-3

Referees: Andrej Franulovic (CRO), Jaume Teixido (ESP)

Extra Man: HUN: 6/10. GRE: 1/11.

Pens: GRE: 1/2.

Teams:
HUNGARY: Istvan Kardos, Marcell Kolozsi, Zoltan Pohl (3), Tamas Sedlmayer (1), Adam Nagy, Balasz Kalanovics, Gergo Zalanki (4), Gergo Kovacs (5), Krisztian Peter Manhercz (2), Simon Benedek Vogel (2), Soma Vogel. Head Coach: Gyorgi Horkai.

GREECE: Emmanouil Zerdevas, Nikolaos Kopeliadis (2), Michail Sartzetakis, Angelos Foskolos (1), Stylianos Argyropoulos-Kanakkis (2), Dmitrios Nicolaidis, Panteleimon Kalogerakos (3), Grigorios Kapetanakis, Christos Papoukas, Alexandros Athymaritis (1), Rafail Forotzidis. Head Coach: Theodoros Chatzitheodorou.


Match 4: 12:40, Group B, NETHERLANDS 22 CHINA 11
Quarters: 7-2, 3-2, 8-2, 4-5

Referees: Viktor Salnichenko (KAZ), Sinisa Matijasevic (MNE)

Extra Man: NED: 8/10. CHN: 1/5.

Pens: NED: 2/2. CHN: 1/1.

Teams:
NETHERLANDS: Milan de Koff, Kjeld Veenhuis (5), Guus van Yperen (3), Sam vd Burg (4), Guus Wolswinkel (1), Tarik Scherrenburg (2), Harmen Muller (2), Pascal Janssen (2), Bilal Gbadamassi (1), Benjamin Hoepelman (2), Brent Hofmeyer. Head Coach: Jacob Spijker.

CHINA: Guozheng Wei, Zekai Xie, Zhongxzan Chen (6), Jiahao Peng, Rongkun Lie (1), Bezyi Wang (2), Yingyi Gao, Rui Chen (4), Yi Lu, Dong Ni, Xiang Fu. Head Coach: Yaohua Chen.


Match 5: 15:40, Group C, SERBIA 20 AUSTRALIA 9
Quarters: 6-1, 6-2, 3-3, 5-3

Referees: Luca Bianco (ITA), Mikhail Dykman (CAN).

Extra Man: SRB: 9/11. AUS: 1/14.

Pens: SRB: 2/2.

Teams:
SERBIA: Lazar Dobozanov, Mateja Arsanovic (2), Radomir Drasovic, Mihajlo Repanovic (2), Gavril Subotic (7), Ivan Gvozdanovic, Drasko Gogov (5), Nebojsa Toholj (2), Marko Manojlovic (2), Filip Radojevic, Milan Vitorovic. Head Coach: Vladmir Vujasinovic.

AUSTRALIA: Anthony Hrysanthos, Nicholas Brooks, Angus Lambie (2), Christopher Perrott (4), William Armstrong (1), Jordan Kremers-Taylor (2), William Mackay, Leo Hurley, Andrew Ford, James Smith, Sam Cocokios. Head Coach: Slobodan Macic.


Match 8: 17:00, Group D, UZBEKISTAN 10 SPAIN 25
Quarters: 2-4, 4-5, 0-8, 4-8

Referees: Liang Zhang (CHN), Nick Hodgers (AUS).

Extra Man: UZB: 5/12. ESP: 5/10.

Pens: 0/1. ESP: 2/2.

Teams:
UZBEKISTAN: Radion Knabibullaev, Mirjalol Nagmatov, Doniyor Umarov (1), Artur Kim, Maksim Krakhotin (2), Aleksey Zaytsev, Kirill Rustamov (5), Egor Chumachenko (2), Grorgiy Mamedov, Aleksey Massel, Khayotson Rakhimov. Head Coach: Aleksandr Sokolov.

SPAIN: Miguel Linares, Sergei Cabanas, Guillem Garcia (2), Marc Corbalan (2), Xavier Serra (6), Alvaro Granados (1), Borsa Fenoy (4), Agusti Pericas (5), Roger Tahull (3), Alesandro Bustos (2), Alfonso Lopez-Saez. Head Coach: Quim Colet.


Match 7: 19:00, Group D, ITALY 16 KAZAKHSTAN 9
Quarters: 4-2, 4-2, 5-1, 3-4

Referees: Ulrich Spiegel (GER), Haldun Toygarli (TUR).

Extra Man: ITA: 6/16.  KAZ: 5/9.

Pens: ITA: 1/1. KAZ: 1/2.

Teams:
ITALY: Fabio Viola, Umberto Esposito (1), Edoardo di Somma (2), Antonio Maccioni, Gianluigi Foglio, Roberto Ravina (3), Vincenzo Dolce (5), Eduardo Campopiano (1), Jacopo Alesiani (1), Alessandro Velotto (3), Gianmarco Nicosia. Head Coach: Ferdinando Pasci.

KAZAKHSTAN: Aleksandr Lopatkin, Stanislav Shedov, Ruslan Akhmetov (1), Sultan, Shonzhigitov, Miras Aubakirov (1), Sergey Bogomolov (1), Maxim Zhardan (4), Egor Berbelyuk (1), Altay Altayev, Yulian Verdesh (1), Valeriy Shlemov. Head Coach: Nemanja Knezevic.

Thanks to Russel McKinnon, FINA Media Committee Member.

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