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FINA WC Day 2 - Men's Water Polo Match 1 & 2

Jul 15, 2003

Match 1, Men 09:30, 14.07.03
CANADA 3 ROMANIA 10
Quarters: 1-3, 0-1, 1-3, 1-3

Referees: Torsten Bock (GER), Mario Brguljan (YUG)

CANADA: Garrett Head, Andrey Shevstov, Dusan Lazarevic (1), Kevin Mitchell, Aaron Feltham, Adam Defett, David Allan, Vladimir Cosic, Thomas Marks (1), Noah Miller (1), Iain Lark, Nathaniel Miller, Michael Gordon
Coach: John Csikos

ROMANIA: Robert Dinu, Cosmin Radu (4), Florin Musat (1), Florin Bonca, Andrei Iosep (2), Dragos Stoenescu, Adrian Cretu (2), Robert Fieresteanu, Ramses Jurawle, Ionut Angelescu, Nicolae Diaconu, Kalman Kabar, Edward Andrei Dina (1)
Coach: Dragan Jovonovic

Romania applied the pressure from the start with some accurate shooting. Cosmin Radu, the powerful left-handed centre forward, scored twice for 3-1 at the quarter. Adrian Cretu was the sole scorer of the second period, from right-hand catch. Radu scored a spectacular backhand from centre forward to go 5-1 up and Andrei Iosep converted on extra after a timeout. Thomas Marks scored on extra for Canada and Cretu goaled his second with a penalty over the head of Canadian goalkeeper Garrett Head for 7-2 at the break. Radu scored his fourth in the final quarter as Romania stretched the margin to 10-3. Iosep gained a second while Canada's sole effort was via Nathaniel Miller, who drove down the left and bounced in a shot from five metres.


Match 2, Men 10:45, 14.07.03
CROATIA 7 HUNGARY 7
Quarters: 1-3, 4-1, 1-2, 1-1

Referees: Erhan Tulga (TUR), Massimiliano Caputi (ITA)

CROATIA: Frano Vican, Damir Buric, Goran Volarevic, Dubravko Simenc, Tihomil Vranjes, Ratko Stritof, Mile Smodlaka, Teo Dogas, Nikola Frankovic, Samir Barac, Igor Hinic, Elvis Fatovic, Vjekoslav Kobescak
Coach: Zoran Roje

HUNGARY: Zoltan Szecsi, Tamas Varga, Norbert Madaras, Zsolt Varga, Tamas Kasas, Attila Vari, Gergely Kiss, Tibor Benedek, Rajmund Fodor, Istvan Gergely, Barnabas Steinmetz, Thomas Molnar, Peter Biros
Coach: Denes Kemeny

The teams swapped early goals in action and then Tamas Kasas and Peter Biros scored extra-man goals for a 3-1 quarter-time lead. Then Croatia stepped on the gas, unleashing three goals with a drive, lob and centre forward goal from Samir Barac, Teo Dogas and Mile Smodlaka. Gabor Kiss (HUN) and Ratko Stritof traded goals, giving Croatia a 5-4 lead. The third quarter was no less exciting with Tamas Molnar drawing Hungary level with a centre-forward lob and Dogas (extra) and Kasas (extra) rounding out the period 6-6. Dogas slammed in his third on extra at the start of the fourth. Hungary took a timeout and failed to score the power play but Kasas nailed a goal at 3:26 for 7-7. Croatia called a timeout at 1:01, without extra. Croatia lost the ball at centre, Gergely Kiss had his shot saved by Frano Vican in goal and on the next attack, Hungary stole the ball on the buzzer, finishing a 7-7 draw.