Russia and Greece battled to a thrilling 10-10 draw in Group A action at the FINA Junior Men’s World Championships at the Sports Centre Milan Gale Muskatirovic here today.
Greece led 6-4 at halftime and star Daniil Merkulov, who played for Russia in Budapest at the FINA World Championships, was red-carded before halftime. Konstantin Kharkov scored three of his four goals in teh second half with the go-ahead 10th goal for a 10-8 advantage. It was left to Charalampos Troulos to score the final two Greek goals in 38 seconds to secure the draw and keep Greece without a loss for the week.
In the other Group A match, United States of America made it two from three in defeating Puerto Rico 18-7 with Tyler Abramson topping the scorers with six.
In Group D, Italy replaced Canada as the second best team with a 15-5 victory against the North Americans in the day’s opener. Hungary stayed top with a third consecutive win following a rest day, defeating Egypt 22-5. World Championship silver medallist Kristian Manhercz and Kristof Szatmari top-scored with four apiece.
In Group B, Netherlands frustrated Japan in a close encounter, taking a one-goal lead into the last period and finishing 14-2 ahead after Japan had levelled twice. Spain confirmed second place with a 17-12 margin over Montenegro after trailing by a goal at halftime and winning the third period 5-1. Alejandro Bustos and Alvaro Granados netted four goals each.
In Group C, Serbia turned it on for the home crowd with a 25-5 dissection of New Zealand, turning at 16-1.Nikola Radonjic was the best for the Serbs with five goals. Australia beat Argentina 14-5 and also remains unbeaten, heading for Wednesday’s clash with Serbia for the group win.
Group A: Greece 7, USA 4, Russia 3, Iran 2, Puerto Rico 0.
Group B: Croatia 6, Spain 6, Montenegro 2, Netherlands 2, Japan 0.
Group C: Serbia 6, Australia 6, China 2, Argentina 2, New Zealand 0.
Group D: Hungary 6, Italy 4, Canada 4, Egypt 2, South Africa 0.
Match 25. 09:00, Group D, ITALY 15 CANADA 5
Match 26, 10:20, Group D, HUNGARY 22 EGYPT 5
Match 27, 11:40, Group A, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 18 PUERTO RICO 7
Match 28. 13:00, Group A, RUSSIA 10 GREECE 10
Match 29, 16:40, Group B, NETHERLANDS 14 JAPAN 12
Match 31. 18:00, Group C, NEW ZEALAND 5 SERBIA 25
Match 30. 19:20, Group B, MONTENEGRO 12 SPAIN 17
Match 32. 20:40, Group C, AUSTRALIA 14 ARGENTINA 5
Russell McKinnon, FINA Media Committee