Greece face Serbia in FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships final


Serbia will face defending champions Greece in the final of the biennial FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at Kuwait City. 

In the first semi-final of the night at Al-Nasar Sport Club, Serbia were up against Italy in a rematch of the 2015 final in Kazakhstan.

Both countries have a strong history in the competition, with Serbia the champions in 2011 and 2015, while also taking top honours as Serbia and Montenegro in 2003 and 2005 – Italy were winners in 1993, 1999 and 2013.

As expected the match was a nip-and-tuck affair, with clear chances at a premium in the early exchanges.

At one stage Serbia were 3-0 ahead, before European champions Italy pulled it back to 3-2 before the end of period two.

It was 6-5 to Serbia early in the fourth period, but Italy couldn’t get on level terms, eventually losing 9-7.

The other semi-final was a rematch of the 2017 final, with defending champions Greece once again too strong for the two-time former champions (1997, 2009) Croatia.

Goals were flying in early, as Greece took a 4-1 lead in the first period and were still in control after period two, leading 8-5.

The third period was a disaster for Croatia, as five unanswered goals took Greece 13-5 clear, before finally cruising home 15-6.

Classification matches also took place today, with Hungary defeating Canada 15-6 to finish ninth overall.

Fierce rivals Australia and New Zealand battled out a classic for 11th place, with the Australians just coming through 9-8.

As well as the final, the concluding day of action tomorrow sees the 3rd/4th playoff between Italy and Croatia, Montenegro and Spain playing for 5th/6th and Japan against United States for 7th/8th.

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