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Croatia impressive in third-day action of FINA Junior Men’s World Championship

Almaty, September 6.— Croatia entered the tournament with s statement victory over Montenegro on day three of the FINA Junior Men’s Water Polo World Championship.
In a quirk of the draw, and the non-appearance of two nations, Croatia had two days off while other teams were competing. A solid 14-7 margin over unbeaten Montenegro, means it should now win twice more to secure the group and enter the quarterfinals. In the other Group A match, Egypt had a resounding 24-8 victory over South Africa.
In Group B, Greece had an impressive 25-8 first win over China and Hungary shrugged off a defiant Japan 16-9 for its third victory.
In Group C at the start of the day, Australia beat Mexico 20-5 for its first win and Serbia, playing with two men ill again, beat Iran 18-6. It was Iran’s opening match.
In Group D, Italy had to work to beat Canada 16-11 and Spain bettered Kazakhstan 20-12 in the feature match of the evening session.

Points after day three:
Group A: Montenegro 4, Croatia 2, Egypt 2, South Africa 0.
Group B: Hungary 6, Netherlands 4, Greece 2, Japan 0, China 0.
Group C: Serbia 6, Australia 2, Mexico 0, Iran 0.
Group D: Italy 6, Spain 4, Canada 2, Uzbekistan 0, Kazakhstan 0.


World Junior Championships
Almaty (KAZ)


Sunday 06-09:

Match 19: 20:20, Group D, KAZAKHSTAN 13 SPAIN 21
Quarters: 3-7, 3-3, 4-7, 3-4

Referees: Miodrag Stefanovic (SRB), Nick Hodgers (AUS).

Extra Man: KAZ: 3/10. ESP: 8/11.

Pens: KAZ: 1/1. ESP: 0/1.

Teams:
KAZAKHSTAN: Aleksandr Lopatkin, Stanislav Shedov (3), Ruslan Akhmetov, Sultan, Shonzhigitov, Miras Aubakirov (2), Sergey Bogomolov, Maxim Zhardan (4), Egor Berbelyuk (2), Altay Altayev (1), Yulian Verdesh (1), Valeriy Shlemov. Head Coach: Nemanja Knezevic.

SPAIN: Miguel Linares, Sergei Cabanas (6), Guillem Garcia (1), Marc Corbalan (1), Xavi Serra (1), Alvaro Granados, Borsa Fenoy (1), Agusti Pericas (2), Roger Tahull (8), Alesandro Bustos (1), Alfonso Lopez-Saez. Head Coach: Quim Colet.


Match 24: 19:00, Group B, HUNGARY 16 JAPAN 9
Quarters: 3-2, 2-0, 5-3, 6-4

Referees: Viktor Salnichenko (KAZ), Luca Bianco (ITA).

Extra Man: HUN: 4/7. JPN: 3/13.

Pens: Nil

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

JAPAN: Kazuki Hashimoto, Kenta Araki (1), Mitsuru Takata, Shuma Kawamoto, Shotaro Yamada (1), Daichi Nagano (1), Shu Hamada (1), Seiya Adachi (4), Miki Sato (1), Kohei Inaba, Ryosuke Oshima. Head Coach: Yoshinori Shiota.


Match 23: 17:40, Group B, GREECE 25 CHINA 8

Quarters: 6-3, 5-3, 7-1, 7-1

Referees: Jaume Teixido (ESP), Ulrich Spiegel (GER).

Extra Man: GRE: 6/8. CHN: 3/11.

Pens: GRE: 3/3. CHN: 2/2.

Teams:
GREECE: Emmanouil Zerdevas, Nikolaos Kopeliadis (6), Michail Sartzetakis, Angelos Foskolos (6), Stylianos Argyropoulos-Kanakkis (5), Dmitrios Nicolaidis (3), Panteleimon Kalogerakos (2), Grigorios Kapetanakis (1), Christos Papoukas (1), Alexandros Athymaritis (1), Rafail Forotzidis. Head Coach: Theodoros Chatzitheodorou.

CHINA: Guozheng Wei, Zekai Xie (1), Zhongxzan Chen (3), Jiahao Peng, Rongkun Lie, Bezyi Wang, Yingyi Gao (2), Rui Chen (2), Yi Lu, Dong Ni, Xiang Fu. Head Coach: Yaohua Chen.


Match 22: 16:20, Group A, MONTENEGRO 7 CROATIA 14
Quarters: 2-4, 2-4, 0-4, 3-2

Referees: Michail Schalochoritis (GRE), Balazs Szekely (HUN).

Extra Man: MNE: 5/10. CRO: 8/10.

Pens: MNE: 0/1.

Teams:
MONTENEGRO: Aresenije Stanovic, Ugjesa Vukasovic, Dorde Bulatovic (2), Dusan Matkovic, Matija Brguljan, Nicolas Savejic (3), Danilo Adzic (1), Stefan Porobic, Filip Gardasevic (1), Janko Krivokapic, Milija Mandic. Head Coach: Zoran Maslovar.

CROATIA: Marin Sparada, Loren Fatovic, Rino Buric (3), Andro Gagulic (1), Antun Goreta (3), Andrija Basic (1), Luka Lozina, Antonio Buha (4), Ivan Zovic (1), Ivan Zivkovic (1), Marin Jukic. Head Coach: Miho Bobic.


Match 21: 14:00, Group A, EGYPT 24 SOUTH AFRICA 8
Quarters: 5-0, 8-2, 6-2, 5-4

Referees: Erwin Schapers (NED), Daniel Daners (URU).

Extra Man: EGY: 6/12. RSA: 2/7.

Pens: EGY: 1/1. RSA: 0/1

Teams:
EGYPT: Omara Osama, Moustafa Essmat (4), Aly Elaassar (2), Mahmoud Tarek (1), Ahmed Barakat (4), Abdelrahman Haroun, Ahmed Sherif (7), Hassan Haroun (3), Karim Mahmoud (1), Mahomed Mohsen (2), Marwan Ayman. Head Coach: Denes Lukacs.

SOUTH AFRICA: Gareth May, Roarke Olver, (1) Tim Rezelman (2), Shane Fourie, Claudio Fernandes (1), Nicholas Downes, Jason Evezard (3), Liam Neill (1), Keanan Alexander, Wyatt Edwards, Themba Mthembu. Head Coach: Jason Sileno.


Match 20: 12:40, Group D, ITALY 16 CANADA 11
Quarters: 4-1, 6-3, 3-5, 3-2

Referees: Radu Matache (ROU), Liang Zhang (CHN).

Extra Man: ITA: 4/6. CAN: 3/7.

Pens: ITA: 2/2. CAN: 0/1.

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

CANADA: Samuel Reiber, Giordano Marconuto, Maxime Schapowal, Gaelan Patterson (2), Matthew Halajian (2), Julien Allard, Benjamin Bolduc (2), Sean Spooner (2), Jeremie Blanchard, Aria Suleimanipak (3), Paule Kotarac. Head Coach: Nikola Maric.

Match 18: 11:20, Group C, SERBIA 18 IRAN 6
Quarters: 4-2, 4-1, 5-3, 5-0

Referees: Mikhail Dykman (CAN), Akbar Sadikov (UZB).

Extra Man: SRB: 5/7. IRI: 2/4.

Pens: SRB: 1/1. IRI: 0/1.

Teams:
SERBIA: Lazar Dobozanov, Mihajlo Repanovic (3), Gavril Subotic (3), Ivan Gvozdanovic (2), Drasko Gogov (1), Nebojsa Toholj (2), Marko Manojlovic (4), Filip Radojevic (3), Milan Vitorovic. Head Coach: Vladmir Vujasinovic.

IRAN: Hamed Karimi, Masoud Ahmadi, Mehdi Yazdankhah, Arshia Almasi, Amirhossein Keihany (1), Peiman Asadiaghajari (2), Mohammadmahdi Heydari (1), Hamidreza Moghaddam (2), Soheil Rostamian, Aminghavidel Hajiagha, Shayan Ghasemidaryan. Head Coach: Vahid Rezaeiashtiyani.

Match 17: 10:00, Group C, AUSTRALIA 20 MEXICO 5
Quarters: 5-0, 3-0, 6-1, 6-4

Referees: Sinisa Matijasevic (MNE), Michael Baty (RSA).

Extra Man: AUS:  7/14. MEX: 1/1.

Pens: AUS: 0/1. MEX: 1/1.

Teams:
AUSTRALIA: Anthony Hrysanthos, Nicholas Brooks (2), Angus Lambie (2), Christopher Perrott (1), William Armstrong (3), Jordan Kremers-Taylor (3), William Mackay (5), Leo Hurley (1), Andrew Ford (3), James Smith, Sam Cocokios. Head Coach: Slobodan Macic.

MEXICO: Alfredo de la Mova, Hazed Veya, Raul Vargus, Raul Muniz, Rodrigo Avalos, Sinahi Gonzalez (1), Arturo Ocejo (2), Alexey Grubnik, Diego Mercado (2), Jorge Cervantes, Isaac Contreras. Head Coach: Raul de la Pena.

Thanks to Russel McKinnon.

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