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.
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.