There's no such thing as a sure bet. Who would have thought that there would have been an upset and two draws on the opening day of the men's water polo competition at the spectacular CN Barcelona complex?
Germany certainly didn't think it was an upset when it defeated Greece 9-7 in the late afternoon. Marc Politze wasn't overawed with the occasion as he cut a swathe through Greece with four goals.
Hungary didn't expect to go home without the full quota of points and certainly not Serbia and Montenegro, the European champion, who also had a draw. It was a day of thrills and action and gut-wrenching performances from the protagonists.
Giants Hungary and Croatia battled to a 7-7 draw and just two games later, Serbia & Montenegro had to settle for 7-7 draw with the United States of America.
The sense of purpose in all four teams was evident but Hungary will be ruing how it lost a two-goal margin in the first quarter and then have to come from behind on five occasions to level the game. Teo Dogas (YUG) and Tamas Kasas (HUN) both scored three goals with standout performances.
The battle of the behemoths