The Spanish team easily topped Kazakhstan to improve to 3-0 in the men’s Olympic water polo tournament, the only team still undefeated.
Jug completed a torrid comeback, scoring three unanswered goals in the third, two from Paulo Obradovic. Jug beat Olympiacos and sits atop Group A.
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.
Day 1 of men’s water polo at the World Championships began and ended with draws, while the middle six matches were won by a minimum of nine goals.
Serbia squeaked past Croatia for the gold, earning its 10th Super Final title, and more importantly a ticket to the 2020 Olympics, with a 12-11 win.
Australia was the surprise of the quarterfinals, ousting Hungary in a penalty shootout victory, while Croatia, Spain and Serbia followed with dominant wins.