Italy captured its fourth men’s water polo World Championship on Saturday with a 10-5 win over Spain. The Italians also won gold in 1978, 1994 and 2011.
Spain and Italy will face off on Saturday, seeking their third and fourth World Championships titles respectively, after posting semifinal wins on Thursday.
Italy, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia claimed the first four spots in the men’s water polo quarterfinals at the World Championships.
Olympiacos (GRE) prevailed against Barceloneta (ESP) in a low-scoring match while Recco (ITA) overcame Jug (CRO) in a gruelling fight.
Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Hungary all won their respective groups and advance to the quarter-finals of the men’s tournament in Budapest.