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FINA WC Day 2 - Men's Water Polo Match 5 & 6

Jul 15, 2003

Match 5, Men 16:00, 14.07.03
Quarters: 1-5, 1-4, 0-2, 2-4

Referees: Michael McNeill (AUS), Brian Littlejohn (GBR)

CHINA: Weiging Ge, Guanghao Xu, Zahn Wang, Lijun Yu (1), Qiuliang Liao, Baochang Huang, Wenhau Li (2), Yong Wang (1), Jinwen Zhao, Zhidong Han, Jun Li, Qi Xu, Yaqi Wang, Qu Xu, Yaqi Wang
Coach: Mingguang Li

ITALY: Marco Gerini, Francesco Postiglione (3), Andrew Mangiante (1), Fabrizo Buonocore, Stefano Tempesti, Roberto Calcaterra (2), Goran Fiorentini (1), Alberto Angelini (1), Maurizio Felugo, Alessandro Calcaterra (2), Bogdan Rath (2), Carlo Silipo (1), Fabio Bencivenga (2)
Coach: Paolo de Crescenzo

The elation of Lijun Yu when he fired in the opening goal against Italy was electric. He saluted the sky after his brilliant shot less than a minute into the game. But the celebrations were short lived as the experienced Italian stallions pranced all over the pool, winning the first period 5-1 with five different scorers. China scored on extra in the second quarter but Italy toyed with the Chinese, winning the quarter 4-1 and turning at 9-2. Fabio Bencivenga and Francesco Postiglione (his third) helped themselves to more goals in the third period as Chinese stepped up defence and goalkeeper Weiqing Ge put in a fine effort. But the Calcaterra brothers, Roberto (1) and Alessandro (2), wreaked havoc in the fourth as China was rewarded for effort with two goals.

Match 6, Men 17:15, 14.07.03
Quarters: 5-3, 1-1, 0-2, 1-3

Referees: Boris Margeta (SLO), Vladimir Prikhodko (KAZ)

GREECE: Georgios Reppas, Anastasios Schizas, Dimitrios Mazis, Konstantinos Loudis, Theodoros Chatzitheodorou (2), Argyrios Theodoropoulos, Christos Afroudakis, Theodoros Kalakonas, Georgios Afroudakis (2), Petre Stefanos Santa, Antonios Vlontakis (1), Nikolaos Deligiannis, Ioannis Thomakos (2)
Coach: Alessandro Campagna

GERMANY: Alexander Tchigir, Steffen Dierolf, Fabian Schroedter, Patrick Weissinger (1), Michael Zellmer, Marc Politze (4), Tim Wollthan (1), Thomas Schertwitis (2), Tobias Kreuzmann, Heiko Nossek (1), Timo Purschke, Soeren Mackeben, Jens Pohlmann. Coach: Hagen Stamm.

Germany grabbed the first upset of the tournament with a 9-7 score over Greece. The match started at Indiannapolis pace as the