The 2017 World Champions from Croatia played a pair of exhibition matches before eventually sending their players into quarantine.
Spain, Croatia, Hungary and Italy all won close battles in the quarterfinals to stay in the medal hunt at 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.
The Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final kicked off with a bang as newcomer Canada bested the 2018 silver medalists from Hungary 10-9 amid two blowouts.
For the first time in water polo history, a French club clinched a European trophy as Marseille managed to hold on for a draw in the return match of the Euro Cup final in Montenegro