The United States women’s water polo team claimed its sixth World Championship title, while Italy was crowned as the men’s champion for the fourth time.
Spain and Italy will face off on Saturday, seeking their third and fourth World Championships titles respectively, after posting semifinal wins on Thursday.
Australia, Greece, Germany and Spain will round out the quarterfinals field for men’s water polo at the World Championships after playoff wins on Sunday.
Italy, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia claimed the first four spots in the men’s water polo quarterfinals at the World Championships.
Croatia, Hungary and Italy took control of their respective groups with victories on Wednesday in men’s water polo at the World Championships.
Title-holder Olympiacos Piraeus topped Pro Recco 12-11 and Zodiac Barceloneta bested FTC-Telekom Budapest (HUN) 9-7 in Friday’s Champions League semifinals.
For the first time in the history of the European Water Polo Championships, the penalty shootout decided the title and it was retained by Serbia, despite an electrifying performance of the host Spaniards.
After Italy and Serbia had already completed their missions in two rounds, world champion Croatia and host Spain also booked their respective berths in the quarterfinals.
Montenegro claimed the victory tonight in Budapest (HUN), where the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final 2018 was taking place since Monday June 18.
Olympiacos (GRE) meets Barceloneta (ESP) while Recco (ITA) faces Jug (ITA) in the semi-finals.
Croatia, the goal medalists from the 2012 London Olympic Games, defeated Montenegro on Thursday to make the final round of men’s water polo tournament in Rio.
Montenegro beat Hungary 9-9 (4-2) to advance to the semifinals of the men’s water polo tournament in Rio de Janeiro.
The country of less than a million inhabitants would not be denied against traditional power Hungary.