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Italy edge Spain to set up final against Hungary

Italy and Hungary will play the final of the Olympic Qualification Tournament after each won their semifinal on Saturday. For Italy that meant a tough encounter with Spain that was only decided by a winning goal from Michaël Bodegas in the game's final minute as the Italians came away with a 5-6 win. Hungary meanwhile defeated France 15-9 behind 4 goals from Marton Vamos. All semifinalists hit the water after celebrating the qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games the day before. The losers of these decisive quarterfinals were up first on Saturday with the Netherlands overcoming a 5-1 deficit against Germany to win 7-8. Canada held off Romania 14-7 so the Dutch and Canadian side will play for 5th place while Germany and Romania match up for 7th place on Sunday in Trieste.

2016 Olympic Games Men's Qualification Tournament
Trieste (ITA)

Programme and results

Day 7 - Saturday, April 9 (semifinals):

Germany (L31) vs. Netherlands (L33) 7-8 (2-1, 3-0, 2-3, 0-4) - game 35
Canada (L32) vs. Romania (L34) 14-7 (5-3, 4-0, 2-1, 3-3) - game 36
Hungary (W31) vs. France (W33) 15-9 (4-2, 4-4, 2-1, 5-2) - game 37
Spain (W32) vs. Italy (W34) 5-6 (1-0, 0-1, 2-1, 2-4) - game 38

Day 8 - Sunday, April 10 (finals):

11.00: Germany (L35) vs. Romania (L36) - 7th/8th place
12.30: Netherlands (W35) vs. Canada (W36) - 5th/6th place
15.30: France (L37) vs. Spain (L38) - 3rd/4th place
17.00: Hungary (W37) vs. Italy (W38) - 1st/2nd place

19.00: Draw for the 2016 Olympic Games

Top 4 teams qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

N.b.: time mentioned is local time.

All twelve teams have now secured a place for the Olympic Games:

Australia, Brazil (as host), Croatia, Greece, Japan, Montenegro, Serbia, USA, Hungary, France, Spain, Italy.

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