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.
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.
A Serbia-Hungary tie highlighted yesterday’s water polo competition, along with a victory for Croatia over the American men.
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.
The sites of 2021 and 2023 World Championships, along with FINA’s Best Athletes of the Year, will be announced Sunday at FINA’s World Aquatics Gala.
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.