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Day 7: Spain-Serbia; Croatia-Greece semifinals at Junior Water Polo Champs

by ZwemZa on December 19th, 2019

It is the seventh day with quarterfinal matches of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at the Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait.

In the round 1-8 quarter-finals, Serbia came back from 5-3 down at halftime to best Montenegro 10-9 in a match that was level six times and the winner came from Stefan Brankovic who broke the match open with Serbia’s last three goals.

Croatia came back from 3-1 down at quarter time to take the lead at 5-4 and advance to the semifinals with a 7-6 victory over Spain. Spain levelled at 6-6 and the winning Croatian goal came with 4:16 still left on the clock.

European champion Italy swam all over Japan — 17-5 — with Ettore Novara having a field day at centre forward, scoring eight goals. Japan failed to convert three penalty attempts and seemed stunned by the fast, fit and equally agile Italians.

Reigning champion Greece needed a penalty shootout to beat United States of America after being down 4-0 at one stage. Greece led only once, but scored the 11-11 equaliser with only half a second remaining. Greece won the shootout 4-1.

Serbia will play Italy and Croatia takes on Greece in the semifinals.

In the 9-12 semifinals, Hungary resoundingly defeated New Zealand 20-4. Mate Dala was named the best player as Hungary smashed the final quarter 8-1. Canada won the “Commonwealth title” by beating Australia 11-8 in a match which was tied six times until the breakout 4-2 final quarter. Jeremie Coté slammed in five for Canada and Charlie Negus four for the Aussies.

In the lower tier of matches, Russia earned a play-off for 13th by beating China 19-7. China will play for 15th. Russia’s Valerii Pelikh top-scored with five goals, three from centre forward shots. Brazil led 7-2 at one stage and had to withstand a comeback from Iran before winning 11-8 with Italo Vizacre netting five for Brazil. South Africa won the “African continental title” 8-7 over Egypt in what was an amazing match. South Africa regained the lead midway through the second quarter and was never headed, although broke the 7-7 deadlock just inside the three-minute mark. Uzbekistan will play Brazil for 17th following a 23-9, counter-attack-laden match against Kuwait in which Javokhir Kutmonbekov scored seven goals.

Wednesday Schedule:

Match 50, 08:00, W41 CHINA 7 W42 RUSSIA 19
Match 51, 09:20, L43 BRAZIL 11 L44 IRAN 8
Match 52, 10:40, W43 SOUTH AFRICA8  W44 EGYPT 7
Match 53, 12:00, L45 NEW ZEALAND 4 L46 HUNGARY 20
Match 54, 13:20, L47 AUSTRALIA 8 L48 CANADA 11
Match 49, 14:40, L41 UZBEKISTAN 23 L42 KUWAIT 9
Match 55, 16:00, 1A SERBIA 10 W46 MONTENEGRO 9
Match 56, 17:20, 1B SPAIN 6 W45 CROATIA 7
Match 57, 18:40, 1C ITALY 17 W47 JAPAN 5
Match 58, 20:00, 1D GREECE 15 W48 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 12 in penalty shootout (FT: 11-11. Pens: 4-1)

Thursday Schedule:

Classification 17-18
Match 60, 08:00, W49 UZBEKISTAN W51 BRAZIL

Classification 15-16
Match 61, 09:20, L50 CHINA L52 EGYPT

Classification 13-14
Match 62, 10:40, W50 RUSSIA W52 SOUTH AFRICA

Classification 11-12
Match 63, 12:00, L53 NEW ZEALAND L54 AUSTRALIA

Classification 9-10
Match 64, 13:20, W53 HUNGARY W54 CANADA

Classification 19-20
Match 59, 14:40, L49 KUWAIT L51 IRAN

Classification 5-8 Semifinals
Match 65, 16:00, L55 MONTENEGRO L57 JAPAN
Match 66, 17:20, L56 SPAIN L58 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Classification 1-4 Semifinals
Match 67, 18:40, W55 SERBIA W57 ITALY
Match 68, 20:00, W56 CROATIA W58 GREECE

Match 52, 10:40, SOUTH AFRICA 8 EGYPT 7

Quarters: 1-1, 1-2, 3-2, 3-2

Referees: Nenad Golijanin
(SRB), Gabor Vogel (HUN)

Extra man: RSA: 5/7. EGY: 5/8.

Penalties: RSA: 1/1.

Teams:

SOUTH AFRICA: Keegan Clark, Mogamad Mayman, Christopher Beamish, Ethan Coryndon-Baker, Todd Howard (4), Ross Stone (1), Joshua Faber (1), Jonathan Swanepoel (2), David MacDonald, William Dowsett, Yaseen Margro, James Hablutzel, Barnard van Rooyen. Head Coach: Jason Sileno.

EGYPT: Marwan Reda, Youssef Amer, Abderahman Hamed, Ahmed Elsapagh (1), Mahmoud Maghwry, Karim Saleh, Mohanad Farahat (5), Mohamed Ziyad, Mohamed Rezk, Eissa Bassel (1), Adham Saleh, Mahmoud Elzayat, Marwan Makarem. Head Coach: Konstantinos Vamvakaris.

Match Report

This was the clash of the African continent with the last five matches between the pair yielding a win each and three draws. It was similar today with the first period 1-1 and the second 2-2 for most of the quarter before Mohanad Farahat broke the deadlock with an excellent six-metre-foul rocket. Todd Howard was at his best with South Africa’s two goals. The margin pushed out to two at the start of the third period as Eissa Bassel turned at centre forward for the easiest of goals. Jonathan Swanepoel lifted South African spirits with identical shots from the top in two minutes to draw level. Then Joshua Faber’s conversion of penalty foul needed a VAR decision to give South Africa the lead once more. Farahat responded on extra from the top and the match had its third level score. Egypt tried a ploy off a timeout, to no avail and the match went to the fourth period even. Two wonderful shots took South Africa to 7-5 with Howard netting a third while heavily defended deep left and Ross Stone used the next attack to gain a six-metre foul and proceeded to send in a spectacular three-quarter helicopter backhand. Farahat nailed his fourth on extra from the top for 7-6 at 4:47 and then converted extra at 3:11 to level and enthralling match. Howard gained his fourth when on extra-man attack, he snapped the ball in from two metres before the defender had time to leave. It was 8-7 at 2:50. Both teams had shots blocked. South Africa attacked and gained an exclusion foul, going to a timeout at 1:12. South Africa botched the attack and Egypt called a timeout. The final pass went to Mahmoud Elzayat who shot from seven metres and Keegan Clark blocked and the ball rebounded high and came down on the line necessitating a VAR decision. No goal! South Africa retained the ball for 20 seconds and had the victory. Howard was named best in water. South Africa will now play Russia for 13th place and Egypt will clash with China for 15th position on Thursday.

Photos: Eszter Novak

Russell McKinnon, FINA Media Committee

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