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.
Serbia will face Croatia for the 2019 World League Super Final title on Sunday after both won their semifinal contests on Saturday.
Australia was the surprise of the quarterfinals, ousting Hungary in a penalty shootout victory, while Croatia, Spain and Serbia followed with dominant wins.
Day 2 of the Men’s Super Final brought two blowouts care of Japan and Australia and two nailbiters with Hungary and Serbia outlasting their foes.
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.
Sjostrom won the women’s award for the 2nd-straight year.
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 14 years, Olympiacos Piraeus (GRE) clinched its second title in the Champions League after upsetting 8-time winner Pro Recco (ITA) in its own pool.
Olympiacos (GRE) prevailed against Barceloneta (ESP) in a low-scoring match while Recco (ITA) overcame Jug (CRO) in a gruelling fight.
While Olympiacos (GRE) and Recco (ITA) secured their respective top spots, the race is still on in Group A for the remaining two berths.
Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Hungary all won their respective groups and advance to the quarter-finals of the men’s tournament in Budapest.
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.
Serbia moved on to the semifinals in the men’s water polo tournament with a 10-7 win over Spain on Tuesday.