The European favorites all came through with wins on the final day of group play at the men’s water polo World League Super Final.
Recco and Jug Dubrovnik are the first teams to technically book their respective spots in the Final Eight already on Day 9. Brescia earned another great win, this time against Barceloneta and moved to the second place in Group A.
Serbia, the bronze medalist in each of the last two Olympic Games and winner of the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, beat defending Olympic champions, Croatia, 11-7 for the gold medal in Rio.
Serbia held off a last-quarter surge from a strong Italian squad to advance to the gold medal match in the 2016 Olympic Games men’s water polo tournament.
Sunday was the last day of pool play in the men’s water polo tournament in Rio. Eight of the ten teams will now move on to the quarterfinals.
Serbia men’s water polo team is considered to be the favorite for the gold medal in Rio this summer. Watch the highlights from their gold medal match at 2015 World Championships in Kazan last summer.
Luca Cupido’s (Newport Beach, CA/California/Newport) goal with just two seconds left in the fourth quarter pushed Team USA to an 11-10 win over Serbia at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, CA.