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Tuesday, July 20

Goals by Quarter 1-0 ,3-3, 3-1, 3-2 Scoresheet

Referees: Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU) Hooshang Hafezi (IRI)

Commentary from Greg Mescall:Oradea, Romania - July 27 - The USA Men's National Team opened the FINA World Cup with a 10-6 win over China behind two goals each from Tim Hutten (Seal Beach, CA/Newport WPF), Thomas Hopkins (Coronado, CA/Olympic Club), and Michael Sharf (Orinda, CA/Olympic Club). Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/NYAC) and Andy Stevens (Villa Park, CA/NYAC) combined in the cage for 14 saves.

Team USA opened up a 1-0 lead after the first quarter and went up 3-1 in the second period before China rallied to within a goal at the 2:39 mark. The teams closed out the period exchanging scores and the United States went up 4-3 at halftime. In the third quarter Team USA opened things up a bit jumping out to a 7-3 lead with 2:03 to go in the period on a goal by Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/Newport WPF).

Leading 7-4 to start the fourth the United States added a goal to go up 8-4 and seemingly put the game away. China looked to rally with a score to make it 8-5 but consecutive goals from Sharf put the match to rest and the USA came away winners at 10-6. The USA went 2/3 on power plays and 1/2 on penalty shots, China was 4/8 on power plays.

"It was a good opener to get on a winning track," said USA Head Coach Terry Schroeder. "We played well with a lot of opportunities, we just need to put the ball on the net. We have a big game against Serbia tomorrow."


USA 10 (1, 3, 3, 3) T. Hutten 2, T. Hopkins 2, M. Sharf 2, T. Corcoran 1, T. Azevedo 1, R. Bailey 1, J. Powers 1
CHN 6 (0, 3, 1, 2)

Saves - USA - M. Moses 12, A. Stevens 2
6x5 - USA 2/3 - CHN 4/8
Penalties - USA 1/2

Game #2 IRI IRI 1 vs ROU ROU 26

Goals by Quarter: 0-8,0-8,0-6,1-4  Scoresheet

Referees: He Jianguo (CHN) Roberto Cabral (BRA)

Commentary: In front of a happy friendly crowd, which filled the Ion Alexandrescu Olympic Pool to capacity, Romania staged a festival of goals against the willing Iranian side in what had predictably resulted a one way game. The home players scored eight times both in the first and the second quarter, six in the 3rd and four in the last period. Scorers for Romania in each quarter: 1st - 6:40 Diaconu, 5:35 Radu, 4:42 Matei, 3:59 Goanta, 3:09 Georgescu, 2:10 Cretu, 1:40 Georgescu, 0:08 Goanta; 2nd - 7:31 Radu, 5:14 Diaconu, 4:45 Radu, 3:28 Goanta, 2:32 Negrean, 1:10 Matei, 0:52 Negrean, 0:16 Negrean; 3rd - 6:06 Georgescu, 4:49 Iosep, 3:11 Cretu, 2:12 Matei, 1:33 Goanta, 0:48 Georgescu; 4th – 4:43 Matei, 2:44 Negrean, 1:58 Georgescu, 0:01 Diaconu. Georgescu top scored the game with 5 goals while Negrean, Matei and Goanta scored 4 goals each. Iran scored its only goal at 5:42 of the 4th quarter with #8 Jafary.

Game #3 CRO CRO 10 vs SRB Serbia 8

Goals by Quarter: 2-2,1-1,3-2,4-3 Scoresheet

Referees: Andrey Shaydakov (RUS) Mark Koganov (AZE)

Commentary: Both sides played at their best, except for some imperfect shootings now and then. Croatia’s Sukno top scored the game with four goals. Overall, mighty and powerful Croatia and Serbia met expectations and gave life to an enjoyable game, the game of the day.

Croatia was always moving ahead by one goal while Serbia was always catching up and equalising, until the Croatians scored three unanswered goals in the second part of the last quarter, gaining victory over the recent World League champions and last year world champions.

1st quarter. Boskovic (CRO) scored the first goal 54 seconds after the beginning of the match, in superiority. Filipovic (SRB) equalised at 4:24, also in superiority. Sukno (CRO) scored his first at 2:30, on a counter attack. Filipovic (SRB) missed a penalty (actually Brzica made a great save) at 2:12 but soon after, at 1:47, he managed to score, converting a man-up opportunity (2-2).

2nd quarter. Buric shoot from the distance and scored the third goal for Croatia. Mitrovic (SRB) equalised at 4:39, with two men up. At 2:20 Croatia missed an easy opportunity with two extra men.

3rd quarter. At 4:54 Sukno (CRO) scored in superiority amidst the protests of Serbia’s coach and players: coach Udovicic received a yellow card.
4:07 Gocic (SRB) equalizeds. A minute later Sukno brought Croatia up again, with an impromptu goal at 3:06 (5-4); twenty seconds later Prlainovic (SRB) equalised again (5-5) but, at 1:17, Rudic’s team was brought up again by a goal in superiority from Hinic (6-5).

4th quarter. Nikic (SRB) equalised at 7.31 (6-6); at 6:34 Dobud put Croatia up one goal again from 2 metres (7-6); at 5.46 Vanja Udovicic shoot one more equaliser in man up (7-7).
Three unanswered goals from Croatia represented the turning point in the match.

At 4:17 left handed Jokovic scored in superiority (8-7) followed by Boskovic who converted a penalty at 3:42 and by Sukno who scored his fourth goal of the match in superiority at 2:23: score at 10-7 and game over. The last goal scored by Udovicic in superiority, at 8 seconds to the end, sealed the score at 10-8 for Croatia.

Game #4 AUS AUS 7 vs ESP ESP 9

Goals by Quarter: 4-2,1-3,0-1,2-3 Scoresheet

Referees: Dragan Stampalija (CRO) Michael Goldenberg (USA)

Commentary: A swift game with much swimming and dynamism. The Aussies started off at full steam gaining the first quarter 4-2. Australia scored twice in superiority with Miller at 7:06, and… at 5:16; Spain equalised scoring twice in its turn, also in superiority with Javier Garcia at 4:32 and Felipe Perrone 2:32. Then two more goals for Australia, at 1:04 with… and 0:17 with Mc Gregor.

Spain prevailed in the 2nd quarter with three goals to one: Felipe Perrone scored at 7:02 (4-3); Campbell (AUS) at 4:01 (5-3); Espanol at 3.15 in superiority (5-4) and Minguell, at 0:23, who equalised (5-5).

1:03 inside the 3rd quarter Felipe Perrone scored his third, on extra-man, moving Spain in the lead (5-6) for the first time.

By coincidence at 1:03 inside the last quarter Molina gave Spain a two-goal lead (5-7), Valles followed up scoring at 3:02 (5 – 8 for Spain); at 2:45 Younger (AUS) narrowed the gap on extra man at 2:45 (6-8), Molina again at 2:04 in superiority (6-9 for Spain). At 0:44 Martin scores for Australia the last goal from outside (7-9). Lopez defended the Spanish goal from the start.


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Wednesday, July 28

Game #5 CRO CRO 14 vs CHN CHN 4

Goals by Quarter: 3-1, 4-1, 2-0, 5-2 Scoresheet

Referees: Michael Hart (AUS) Hooshang Hafezl (IRI)

Commentary: Croatia landed a comfortable victory against a Chinese side who was combative but whose defence proved too volatile for he mighty Balkan squad. Dobud top scored the game with four goals while Boskovic, Sukno and the Chinese Liang managed a hat-trick each. Goals per quarter.

1ST Q. The first two goals were scored by Croatia respectively at 38 seconds inside the 1st quarter by Boskovic and Dobud, at 5:34, both on x-man. Dobud followed up with an action goal at 3:42. Half a minute later Liang scored for China, also n x-man.

2ND Q. Sukno converted a penalty less than a minute inside the 2nd quarter, at 7:06: actually the Croatian striker managed to convert on his second attempt, after the Chinese goalie Ge rebounded his first throw. At 5:52 Chinese centre-forward Liang scored an action goal from two metres, his second in the game. At 2:23 Karac finalised a breakaway action and scored on lob shot. At 1:48 Sukno scored his second goal on a another counterattack. Croatia’s # 9 managed a hat trick at 35 seconds to the end of the period, once more on a counter-attack.

3RD Q. 4:07 Jokovic strikes lethally. 2:04 Boskovic converted a penalty for Croatia. At 0:58 Ge saved on a penalty shot from Muslim.

4TH Q. 7:06 Liang managed also a hat trick on a breakaway action. 5:24, Buljubasic scored on lob shot from 2 metres finalising a breakaway action. 3:55 Jokovic scores is second on action. 3:12 third triple of the game when Boskovic scored his third. Pan scored the fourth goal for China at 1:43. Dobud scores his third and fourth goals both on backshots, respectively at 86 and 11 seconds to the end.

Croatia’s coach Ratko Rudic told us he was very satisfied with his players: “The preparation is not yet perfect but the team is growing”.

Game #6 AUS AUS 9 vs  ROU ROU 11

Goals by Quarter: 3-1, 3-4, 1-2, 2-4 Scoresheet

Referees: Mihajlo Ciris (SRB) Mark Koganov (AZE)

Commentary: The Australians went out strongly from the start. At the end of the first period the score was 3-1 in their favour. Then it was a crescendo for the home team, supported by a raucous crowd. The Romanians reacted and managed to come back scoring four goals in the second period against three of the Aussies. They also won the 3rd and the 4th quarters (2-1 and 4-2). The game was exciting, well played by both sides. Victory went to the team that wanted it most, Romania. Romania won both games while Australia suffered its second consecutive defeat. Best scorers of the game were Kadar, Radu and Miller, all capable of a hat-trick. 

1st Q. 6:15 Diaconu missed a penalty (Stanton saved). 5:48 Miller (AUS) scored the first goal on action. 5:22 Romania’s centre-forward Radu equalised, also on action, from 2 metres. 4:50 Miller scored his second goal on x-man. 1:26 Younger (AUS) scored to put Australia 2 goals ahead (3-1).

2nd Q. 7:33 Kadar (ROU) reduces the gap shooting from outside. After 23 seconds Campbell restores the 2-goal gap also shooting from the distance. 6:29 Kadar scored his second again from the long distance. 5:45 Romania equalised with Diaconu who shoot a missile from about 10 metres (4-4). 4:14 Romania one goal up thanks to a penalty converted by Gerogescu (4-5). With 53 seconds to the end McGregor shoot from the distance and equalised for Australia (5-5). Then Campbell with 17 seconds missing to the end of the period scored his second goal and put his team in the lead on man up (6-5).

3rd Q. 3.27 Iosep equalised for Romania on a man-up situation (6-6) but less than a minute later, at 2:40, Miller scored his third goal, also on superiority (7-6). A new equaliser came from Georgescu with 7 seconds missing to the end of the period (7-7).

4th Q. 6:44 Radu on a solitary breakaway scored a decisive goal on a breakaway action putting Romania in the lead (7-8). One and two minutes later two equally decisive saves from Stoenescu secured that narrow but vital lead. 4:49 Martin equalised for Australia man up but Kadar let the favourable momentum for Romania going on and scored his third at 4:16 (8-9).

3:25 Busila put the seal on the home victory scoring on superiority and giving Romania a safe 2-goal lead for the first time in the match (8-10) sending the crowd wild.

2:23 A penalty converted by Radu threatened to give the Australian side a too severe punishment (8-11) but at 1:59 McGregor (AUS) scored his second, on extra man, to fix the final score on 9-11.

Game #7 USA USA 9 vsSRBSerbia 17

Goals by Quarters: 1-3, 1-3, 1-4, 6-7 Scoresheet

Referees: Jaime Moliner (ESP) Andrey Shaydakov (RUS)

Commentary from Greg Mescall: Oradea, Romania - July 28 - The USA Men's Senior National Team fell to Serbia 17-9 on the second day of the FINA World Cup in Romania. The team drops to 1-1 with Croatia on the schedule for Thursday to close out group play. Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/NYAC), Michael Sharf (Orinda, CA/Olympic Club), and Peter Varellas (Moraga, CA/Olympic Club) all tallied two scores for the United States in the losing effort.

Team USA scored to open the game on a goal from Tim Hutten (Seal Beach, CA/Newport WPF) but after that it was all Serbia. The Serbians ran off three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead after the first. The United States would get to within 4-2 in the second quarter on a Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/Newport WPF) goal but Serbia again answered with two straight scores for a 6-2 lead at halftime.

The third quarter was where Serbia put the game away as they built up a 10-3 lead by the end of the period. That gave way to a ridiculously high scoring fourth quarter that saw a combined 13 goals. The USA offense found their stride in this quarter as they scored six of the 13 goals, however the defense struggled allowing 7 goals. With that Serbia was able to maintain their lead and came away winners at 17-9.

Merrill Moses (Palos Verdes, CA/NYAC) and Andy Stevens (Villa Park, CA/NYAC) split time in the cage to record eight saves. The United States went just 4/14 on power plays while Serbia was 6/7. Both teams converted their lone penalty shots tries. "Defensively we never got into the game and we cannot beat anyone playing defense like that," said USA Head Coach Terry Schroeder.


USA 9 (1, 1, 1, 6) T. Azevedo 2, M. Sharf 2, P. Varellas 2, T. Hutten 1, R. Baily 1, J. Smith 1
SRB 17 (3, 3, 4, 7)

Saves - USA - M. Moses 6 - A. Stevens 2
6x5 - USA - 4/14 - SRB 6/7
Penalties - USA 1/1 - SRB 1/1

Game #8 IRI IRI 1 vs ESP ESP 26

Goals by Quarter: 0-6, 0-7, 1-5, 0-8 Scoresheet

Referees: Roberto Cabral (BRA) Dragan Stampalija (CRO) 

Commentary: Easy stroll for the Spaniards with eleven players scoring at least one goal. Javier Garcia top scored the match with five goals. Goals’ chronicle:

1st Q. 7:10 Javier Garcia on x-man. 5:40 Sziranyi on action. 4:23 Molina on penalty. 2:53 Mallarach on action. 1:31 Mario Garcia on action. 0:33 Valles on action (0-6).

2nd Q. 4:13 Molina on x-man. 3:28 Javier Garcia on action. 2:44 Sziranyi scored his second on action. 1:59 Molina on action. 1:29 Mario Garcia on action. 0:35 Espanol on x-man. On expiration Szirany, on action (0-7).

3rd Q. 5:35 Jafari scored the only goal for Iran on a solitary breakaway attack. 4:12 Espanol on action. 3:24 Javier Garcia on action. 2:56 Minguell action goal. 2:11 Espanol on penalty and, on 1:26, again on action (1-5).

4th Q. 7:38 Valles on action. 5:49 Gallego on action. 4:28 and 3:45 Felipe Perrone scored twice, first on a breakaway action and then on a team action. 2:45 and 2:22 Javier Garcia on action. 1:07 Martin on action. 0:21 Minguell on action.

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Thursday, July 29

Game #9 CHN CHN 8 vs SRB SRB 15

Goals by Quarter: 2-1, 0-4, 2-6, 4-4 Scoresheet

Referees: Jaime Moliner (ESP) Michael Hart (AUS) 

Commentary: China played bravely against the high ranked Serbian team and surprisingly managed to win the first period (2-1). However in the second quarter the Serbians decided to take command of the operations and scored four times. In the third period too the gap was of four goals in favour of the Serbians: they scored six goals and received two. In the last period the well balanced Chinese side answered all Serbian goals and managed to tie this fraction (4-4).

Game scorers:

1st Q.: 5:03 Filipovic on action, with a lob shot; 4:29 Tan was the first scorer, on action; 1:28 China gained an unprecedented lead over Serbia: Xie striked from outsides and beat Serbia’s second goalie Gojiko Pijetlovic (2-1).

2nd Q. 6:56 Mitrovic on action; 3:37 Vapenski on action; 2:40 and 1:50 Aleksic twice on action (2-5).

3rd Q. 7:10 action goal by Guo from two metres; 5:59 Udovicic on action; 5:18 Prlainovic on action; 4:44 Wang on man-up; 4:35 Filipovic scored his second goal from the distance; 3:37 Gocic on action; 2:15 and 1:51 Nikic scored twice, the first time on x-man, the second finalising a breakaway action (4-11).

4th Q. 6:34 Udovicic scored his second goal on action; the Chinese scored two consecutive goals, both on action: at 5:07 Liang, at 4:21 Wang; 3:19 Milicic on a breakaway action; 2:13 Liang scored his second on extra man; 1:58 Mitrovic on action. 0:27 Pijetlovic on action. 0:02 Li on action.
Other remarks. In the first half of the game Serbia’s coach Dejan Udovicic had left most of his best players sitting on the bench. All Serbian players - except for the goalie Pijetlovic (who has substituted Soro in this game), and for Avramovic - scored at least one goal.

China’s goalie Ge made some notable saves throughout the game.

Game #10   ROU ROU 8 vs ESP ESP 14

Goals by Quarter: 1-1, 2-4, 3-6, 2-3 Scoresheet

Referees: Mihajlo Ciric (SRB) Mark Koganov (AZE) 

Commentary:The hopes of the Romanian players and fans – it was full house at the Oradea Olympic Pool for this match - started to fade away at half of the second period when the more agile Spanish squad started to take control. The low score (1-1) in the first period was the result of strong defences and some missed opportunities from both sides. Spain’s Minguell and Javier Garcia top scored the game with three goals each.

Game scorers:

1st Q.: 7:04 Minguell (E) on action from outside; 6:19 Busila (R) from 2 metres on x-man (1-1).

2nd Q.:5:50 Georgescu (R ) from outside on man-up put Romania one goal up; 3:39 Sziranyi (E) on action; 2:12 Valles (E) on man-up; 1:51 Negrean answers for Romania shooting in to the net from outside; 1:28 Minguell put Spain one goal up scoring his second goal from outside; 0:11 Felipe Perrone (E) scored his first on action (3-5).

3rd Q.: 7:15 Iosep (R ) converted a penalty; 6:13 Javier Garcia (E) scored on man-up; 5.35 Matei (R ), also on man-up; 4:51 Martin (E) on extra man; 4:12 Minguell (E) scored his third an action goal giving Spain a 3-goal lead; 3.01 Georgescu (R ) answered Spain’s last goal scoring on a counterattack, on superiority; 2:41 Javier Garcia scored his second goal on penalty then Negrean (R ) hit the post from one metre; 1:57 left handed Mallarach (E) from outside; 0:27 Molina (E) scored on action with a lob shot (6-11).

4th Q.: 6:44 Sziranyi (E) scored his second goal from outside; so did both Iosep (R ) 24 seconds later, and Valles (E) about a minute later, on extra man; 4:22 Javier Garcia (E) netted his third, also in superiority; 1:13 Diaconu (R ) on action (8-14).

Game #11 USA USA 7 vs   CROCRO 9

Goals by Quarter: 1-2, 1-2, 1-3, 4-2 Scoresheet

Referees: Andrey Shaydakov (RUS) Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU) 

Commentary from USAWP:

USA 7 (1, 1, 1, 4) R. Bailey 2, T. Hopkins 2, T. Hutten 1, T. Azevedo 1, P. Varellas 1
CRO 9 (2, 2, 3, 2)

Saves - USA - M. Moses 12
6x5 - USA - 4 of 10
5x6 - USA - Stopped 11 of 15
Penalties - USA - 2 of 3

"Definitely played with a lot more heart today than yesterday. Our 5 man was on today. Still struggling with our 6 on 5, but we are playing better." - Terry Schroeder, USA Head Coach

Commentary:Croatia played this game with the second goalkeeper Pavic between the posts. Rudic’s team won the first two quarters with the identical score of 2-1 and the third 3-1. In the last quarter the Americans were more incisive and capable of an efficacious but belated reaction which only allowed them to win the period 4-2.

Game Scores:

1st Q.: 5:39 Hutten (US) from outside. 4:56 Buric (C ) also from outside. 0:39 Sukno (C) from two metres on action (1-2).

2nd Q.: 5:28 Wright (US) missed an opportunity on penalty, his shot hit the bar; the same did Buslje (CRO) less than a minute later;: at 3:50 Jokovic for Croatia, at 3:24 both teams scored one goal in superiority Bailey for the USA. 0:42 second goal for Sukno in the last minute of the period (as in the first period), again on x-man (2-4).

3rd Q.: 7:04: Sukno (C ) scores his third goal in superiority. 3:40 Azevedo (US) converted a penalty. 1:21 Hinic (C ) from two metres on action. With less than second missing to the expiration of the period Jokovic (C ) scored his second goal (3-7).

4th Q: 6:34 and 5:40: Hopkins (US) scored twice, the first time on penalty, the second on man-up, narrowing the gap to two goals; 3:24 Bailey (US) scored his second on extra-man; 2:58 Karac (C ) from outside; 2:25 Varellas (US) on action, USA just one goal down; 1:06 Jokovic (C ) scored his third goal, on two-men up, and reset the two-goal gap (7-9).

Game #12 IRI IRI 4 vsAUSAUS 26

Goals by Quarter: 0-6, 1-3, 3-8, 0-9 Scoresheet

Referees: He Jianguo (CHN) Michael Goldenberg (USA) 

Commentary: The Iranians had to pay to the Australians the same fare of 26 goals they had paid in the previous two days to Romania and Spain. However this time they had the satisfaction of scoring on their turn 4 goals, not just one. Miller and Younger were the top scorers, with four goals each.

Game scorers:

1st Q.: 7:31 Younger; 6:31 Swift; 5:27 McGregor; …. ; 1:48 Swift; 0:43 Howden (0-6).

2nd Q: 7:12 Miller; 5:31 Miller on x-man; 0:51 Martin; 0:16 Kouhi (I) on extra man (1-9)

3rd Q: 7:18 McGregor; 6:34 Martin; 6:13 Soltani (I) on penalty; 5:11 Martin; 4:34 Younger; 3:49 Cotterill; 3:15 O’Halloran; 2:38 Miller; 2:08 Kouhi (I); 1:42 Campbell on extra-man; 0:07 Mardani (I) (4-17)

4th Q.: 7:13 and 6:22 Younger twice, first on action, then on man-up; 5:25 Maitland; 4.16 Cotterill on man-up; 3:45 Howden; 2:55 Campbell; 2:12 Baird; 1:26 Miller; 0:42 O’Halloran on man-up (4-26).

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Friday, July 30

Game #13 AUS AUS 9 vs SRBSRB 12

Goals by Quarter: 2-3, 2-4, 2-3, 3-2 Scoresheet

AUSTRALIA: 1. James Stanton 2. Richard Campbell (1) 3. Mitchell Baird 4. Nicholas O’Halloran (1) 5. Robert Maitland (1) 6. Anthony Martin 7. Aaron Younger (2) 8. Sam McGregor (1)  9. Joel Swift 10. Rhys Howden (1) 11. John Cotterill 12. William Miller (1) 13. Joel Dennerley. Coach: John Fox; Assistant Coach: Paul Oberman.

SERBIA: 1. Slobodan Soro 2. Marko Avramovic 3. Zivko Gocic (1) 4. Vanja Udovicic (2) 5. Boris Vapenski 6. Dusko Pijetovic (1) 7. Slobodan Nikic (1) 8. Milan Aleksic (3) 9. Milos Milicic 10. Filip Filipovic (2) 11. Andrija Prlainovic (2) 12. Stefan Mitrovic 13. Gojko Pijetlovic. Coach: Dejan Udovicic; Assistant Coaches: Vladimir Pavlovic, Dejan Stanojevic.

Referees: Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU), Roberto Cabral (BRA).   
FINA Delegates: Khosrow Amini (IRI), Nicolae Firoiu (GER). 

Game scorers and other highlights:

A good game well played by both sides. However, the final outcome was never in doubt although the Aussies did their best to make life a little bit harder for their opponents. The first quarter was tight, with the two sides trading a pair of goals in the first part; then Serbia scored the last one of the period, to win it 3-2. In the second period Australia scored first and equalised (3-3); then Serbia took command and scored four consecutive times, before Australia could score the second goal in the period. Serbia won also the 3rd but lost the 4th period: the two quarters ended 3-2, respectively for Serbia and Australia. Alecksic top scored the game with three goals.

1st Q.: 5:03 Aleksic (S), from outside; 4:36 Howden (A); 4:13 Filipovic (S) also from outside; 3:07 O’Halloran (A) scored a controversial goal on a breakaway; 1:22 Prlainovic (S) on man-up (2-3).

2nd Q.: 6:45 Campbell (A) on action; 6:25 and 5:19 Udovicic (S) twice, first on action and then on x-man; 4:37 Pijetlovic (S) on action; 3:21 Gocic (S) on action; 1:40 Maitland (A) on man-up (4-7).

3rd Q. : Aleksic (S) from two metres on man-up; 6:05 McGregor (A) scored an action goal, also from two metres; 3:53 Miller (A) missed an enormous opportunity from two metres, alone in front of Soro, after a swift counterattack; 3:34 Filipovic (S) shoot a missile from the distance and scored again for Serbia (on action); 0:51 Aleksic (S) on man-up (6-10).

4th Q.: 6:26 Younger (A) from the distance; 5:24 Prlainovic on a counter-attack; 4:24 Nikic on a man-up; 2:21 Miller (A) from two metres; 0:53 Younger (A) scored the last goal of the game from two metres on a solitary counter-attack (9-13).

Game #14 ROU ROU 12 vs USA USA 14

Goals by Quarter: 1-1, 4-4, 4-4, 3-5 Scoresheet

ROMANIA: 1. Dragos Stoenescu 2. Cosmin Radu (1) 3. Tiberiu Negrean (4) 4. Nicolae Diaconu  5. Andrei Iosep (4) 6. Andrei Busila 7. Mihnea Chiovenau (1) 8. Alexandru Matei 9. Dimitri Goanta 10. Ramiro Georgescu (1) 11. Andrei Cretu (1) 12. Kalman Kadar 13. Mihai Dragusin. Coach: Istvan Kovacs; Assistant Coach: Ladislau Balanov.

USA: 1. Merrill Moses 2. Peter Varellas (1) 3. Mike Sharf (1) 4. Jeff Powers (1) 5. Adam Wright (1) 6. Jeff Tyrell 7. Thomas Hopkins 8 Tony Azevedo (3) 9. Ryan Bailey (4) 10. Tim Hutten (3) 11. Jesse Smith 12. Tommy Corcoran 13. Andy Stevens. Coach: Terry Schroeder; Assistant Coaches: Ryan Brown, Robert Lynn.

Referees: Jaime Moliner (ESP), Andrey Shaydakov (RUS).
FINA Delegates: G.O. Martin (HUN), Jorge Roberto Pagura (BRA).

Game scorers and highlights:

In spite of their different Olympic rankings, the two sides faced today showing equal strength and gave life to the most exciting game of the tournament so far. This was clear from the first period when the only two goals, one per side, were scored on penalty shots. Both the second and the third period ended also on a tie, with both team trading four goals per quarter. In the last fraction the United States managed to bring home victory thanks to their ability to convert into goals some extra-man opportunities.

Romania’s Negrean and Iosep and USA’s Bailey were the top scorers, with 4 goals each.

1st Q.: 5:01 Bailey (US) on penalty; the goal was allowed with some hesitation by the referees (but for the Romanians the ball did not enter the goal); 3.29 Georgescu (R ), also on penalty (1-1).

2nd Q.: 6:56 Bailey (US) scored his second goal on x-man; 5:24 Hutten (US), action goal from two metres; 4:49 Negrean (R) from outside on x-man; 4:00 Sharf (US) on x-man; 3:28 Iosep  (R) two men-up; 2:07 Negrean scored his second, also on x-man and equalised (4-4); Romania’s #8, Matei, was excluded from the rest of the game with substitution as there were eight players in the water at the same time for Romania and penalty shot was allowed to the USA: Azevedo converted (4-5); at 20 seconds to the end Chiovenau shoot a missile form the distance and scored a great goal, resetting the tie (5-5).

3rd Q.: 6:16 Bailey (US) pushes his team up once more scoring his third on action (5-6); 5:12 Azevedo (US) scored his second from outside (5-7); then a fantastic lob shot from the distance from Negrean (R), who also completed a hat-trick, gave more hopes to the home team; 3.34 Negrean scored his fourth, on expiration of the superiority time, tying at 7-7; 0:48 Varellas (US) on extra-man put his team again the lead (7-8); then, with 32 seconds to the end, a penalty is allowed to Romania: Iosep  scored his second converted tying once more (8-8); but with just 7 seconds to the end Bailey (US) scored also his fourth goal (8-9); with less than a second to the end (0.6 seconds) a clear penalty was allowed to Romania: Iosep converted again (3rd goal for him) and Romania catch a new tie, at 9-9.

4th Q.: 6:58 Hutten (US) netted his second goal on superiority; 6:15 Azevedo (US) scored his third on a lob shot centrally from outside, putting the USA two goals ahead; 5:58 Radu (R) lessened the gap with a goal in superiority (10-11); 5.11 Powers (US) , on expiration of superiority (10-12); new superiority and new goal for the USA, with Wright at 4:02 (10-13); 3:11 Josep scored his 4th on extra-man (11-13); 2:30 Hutten scored his third on superiority (11-14), game over; 1:16 Cretu (R) scored the last goal of the game on extra-man (12-14) . The crowd applauded his team and, unhappy with the game directors, heavily booed the referees.

Game #15ESPESP 11 vs CHN CHN 5

Goals by Quarter: 2-1, 1-5, 0-2, 2-3 Scoresheet

SPAIN: 1. Inaki Aguilar 2. Mario Garcia 3. David Martin 4. Balazs Sziranyi (2) 5. Guillermo Molina (2) 6. Marc Minguell 7. Ivan Gallego 8. Albert Espanol (1) 9. Javier Valles (3) 10. Felipe Perrone 11. Blai Mallarach (1) 12. Javier Garcia (2) 13. Daniel Lopez. Coach: Rafael Aguilar; Assistant Coaches: Antonio Aparicio; Joaquin Colet.

CHINA: 1. Weiqing Ge 2. Feihu Tan (1) 3. Zhongxing Liang (1) 4. Lijun Yu  Guo  5. Junliang Guo 6. Ning Pan (1) 7. Yang Wang  (1) 8. Junmin Xie 9. Bin Li  10. Beiming Wang 11. Zhidong Han (1) 12. Bin Jiang 13. Jilong Chen. Coach: Tianxiong Cai; Assistant Coaches: Lyngyun Mao, Jung Den.

Referees: Hooshang Hafezi (IRI), Michael Hart (AUS)  
FINA Delegate: Andrey Kryukov (KAZ).

Game scorers and highlights:

In a surprising scenario China managed to win the first quarter (2-1) against the higher ranked Spanish side. However, with 5 goals (to just one of the Chinese on penalty) the Spaniards restored the ranks already in the second quarter. The score at halftime was 6-3 for Spain. The gap between the two teams widened in the second half of the game.

1st Q.: 6:45 Valles (E); 6:17 Liang (C); 0:20 Wang (C) (1-2).

2nd  Q: 6:09 and 5:26 Spain scored twice on action with Mallarach and Sziranyi; 2:52 easy goal from Molina (E) on a team counter attack; 1:54 Espanol (E) on superiority; 0:58 Valles (E); 0:41 Tan on penalty (6-3).

3rd Q.: 6:00 Liang missed a penalty (Lopez saved); 3:58 Molina (E) scored on superiority; 0:42 Valles (E) scored his third goal on action (8-3).

4th Q.: 6:48 Sziranyi (E); 4:16 Pan (C); 3:23 Han (C); 2:42 and 2:04 Javier Garcia (E) scored twice, the second goal on penalty (11-5).

Game #16 IRI IRI 2 vs CRO CRO 23

Goals by Quarter: 0-6, 1-8, 0-5, 1-4 Scoresheet

IRAN: 1. Alireza Sahhidipour 2. Arsalan Mardani Chardah Cheriki  3. Seyed Mohamed Mirmahdi (I) 4. Sasan Kouhi () 5. Reza Hagh Goo 6. Mahdi  Karamizarandi 7. Ali Piroozkhah 8. Meisam Jafary 9. Mohsen Salili 10. Yashar Soltani (1) 11. Alireza Hormouzi 12. Amir Hossein Khani Ghahjavarestani 13. Sadjad Abdihanyany. Coach: Stanislav Pivovarov; Assistant Coach: Sirous Taherian.

CROATIA: 1. Ivo Brzica 2. Damir Buric (3) 3. Miho Boskovic (4) 4. Niksa Dobud 5. Maro Jokovic (1) 6. Frano Karac (1) 7. Petar Muslim (3) 8. Andro Buslje (2) 9. Sandro Sukno (4) 10. Samir Barac (2) 11. Igor Hinic (1) 12. Ivan Buljubasic (2) 13. Josip Pavic. Coach: Ratko Rudic; Assistant Coaches: Ivica Tucak, Dean Kontic.

Referees: Jianguo He (CHN), Mark Koganov (AZE).
FINA Delegate: Mohie Wahie Farid (EGY), Boukezouha Badreddine.

Game scorers and highlights:

Croatia Iran inflicting them “just” 23 goals (instead of 26 of each of the previous three games). Sukno and Boskovic were the top scorers with 4 goals each.

1st Q.: 7:05 Jokovic; 6:38 Boskovic; 5:41 Sukno; 2:59 Barac; 2:12 Sukno; 0:15 Buslje (0-6).

2nd Q.: 7:32 Sukno; 6:43 Muslim; 6:09 Buslje; 5:12 Muslim on penalty; 4:39 Buric; 3:01 Mirmahdi (I); 1:50 Buljubasic; 0:56 Boskovic; 0:25 Buric (1-14).

3rd Q.: 6:31 Buric; 5:27 Buljubasic; 4:53 Hinic; 3:10 Karac; 2:13 Muslim (1-19).

4th Q.: 6:53 Boskovic; 4:01 Soltani (I) on penalty; 2:58 Barac; 1:06 Boskovic; 0:35 Sukno (2-23).

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Saturday, July 31

Game #17 AUS AUS vs CHN CHN (5th Place Game)

Goals by Quarter:

6 on 5:




Referees: Michael Goldenberg (USA) Hooshang Hafezi (IRI) 



Game #18 ROM ROU vs IRI IRI

Goals by Quarter:

6 on 5:




Referee: Dragan Stampalija (CRO) Mihajlo Ciric (SRB) 


Game #19 SRB SRB vs ESP ESP

Goals by Quarter:

6 on 5:




Referees: Mark Koganov (AZE) Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU) 


Game #20 USA USA vs CRO CRO

Goals by Quarter:

6 on 5:




Referee: Andrey Shaydakov (RUS) Michael Hart (AUS) 


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Sunday, August 1

Game 19 LG18 vs LG19 (4th Place Game)

Goals by Quarter:

6 on 5:






Game 20 WG18 vs WG19 (1st Place Game)

Goals by Quarter:

6 on 5:






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