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FINA WC Day 8 - Men's Water Polo Match 25 & 26

Jul 20, 2003

Match 25, Men 09:30, 20.07.03
Quarters: 2-0, 1-1, 2-0, 1-0

Referees: Guy Pinner (RSA, Michael McNeill (AUS)

CANADA: Garrett Head, Andrey Shevstov, Dusan Lazarevic, Kevin Mitchell, Aaron Feltham, Adam Defett, David Allan, Vladimir Cosic (4), Thomas Marks, Noah Miller (1), Iain Lark, Nathaniel Miller (1), Michael Gordon
Coach: John Csikos

JAPAN: Masahiro Mizutani, Daisuke Nakagawa, Satoshi Nagata, Koji Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Matsubara, Hiroshi Hoshiai, Kan Aoyagi (1), Atsushi Naganuna, Taichi Sato, Kenichi Sato, Masakazu Yamamoto, Yoshinori Shiota, Koji Tanaka
Coach: Yoji Omoto

Canada won through to the play-off for 14th & 15th with victory over Japan. Extra-man situations cost both teams dearly with Canada scoring a passable three from eight and China a disastrous none from five. The win didn't come easily with a 2-0 first quarter and 1-1 in the second. The two goals were five minutes apart in the third. Vladimir Cosic provided the first of his four goals from centre forward four minutes into the game. Noah Miller sent one in from 10m out for 2-0. Cosic made it 3-0 midway through the second quarter and Kan Aoyagi responded off left-hand catch in the last minute. Japan took a timeout but could not convert. Cosic scored on extra off the post at the start of the third but his best goal was to come. At 1:53, Canada took a timeout and shot, having the goal stopped by the goalkeeper. Cosic, on the post, turned sharply and stole the ball off goalkeeper Masahiro Mizutani. He turned and shot for a 5-1 lead. Nathaniel Miller scored a right-hand backhand goal at 2:09, the only goal of the period. Canada's Garret Head, made a staggering 11 saves from 12 attempts.

Match 26, Men 10:45, 20.07.03
Quarters: 2-2, 1-1, 1-0, 2-3, 0-1, 0-1

Referees: Georgios Stavridis (GRE), Radu Matache (ROM)

CHINA: Weiging Ge, Guanghao Xu, Zhan Wang (1), Lijun Yu (2), Qiuliang Liao, Baochang Huang, Wenhua Li (1), Yong Wang (2), Jinwen Zhao, Zhidong Han, Jun Li
Coach: Mingguang Li

BRAZIL: Andre Cordeiro, Vincente Henriques, Leandro Machado (1), Erik Seegerer, Felipe Perrone (5), Roberto Seabra (1), Gabriel Reis, Fabio Cihdiquimo, Yansel Galindo, Andre Raposo, Rodrigo Santos, Alexandre Lopez, Daniel Mameri (1)
Coach: Carlos Carvalho

In the first game of the championship to go to extra time, Brazil beat China with sensational 17-year-old Felipe Perrone (BRA) scoring five goals. The first quarter was squared with Perrone scoring twice, both from deep right-hand catch. Wenhua Li (CHN) and Daniel Mameri traded goals in the second quarter. Yong Wang scored on extra in the third for a 4-3 lead. Then the action-packed fourth quarter came with Brazil getting to 5-5 and to one goal ahead through Perrone from the penalty line after a controversial call. China took a timeout but could not score. However, it retained the ball and Lijun Yu scored his seventh goal of the championship and second for the game while unguarded at centre forward. Brazil took a timeout but could not score, sending the game to extra time. Perrone scored his fourth on extra of the first period and then with a counter-attack lob down the left for 8-6 at 1:37. China had an extra chance but had the ball stolen.