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.
Ferencvaros started its quest in qualification, arrived to the Final Eight from the fourth place in the group and ended up with the Champions League trophy.
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.
Serbia, Montenegro, Japan and Greece all had big wins on Day Two of the men’s water polo group play in Budapest.