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Montenegro is the new FINA World League champion! In the match for the trophy at the Super Final tournament in Budapest, Montenegrins beat hosts Hungary after penalties 13:11.

This was the first title for Montenegro in the competition since 2009. and second in history. Also, it is the best possible was for Montenegro to prepare for the upcoming European championship which will start in Barcelona on July 15.

In the regular time, the result was so the game was decided in the penalty drama. Aleksandar Ivovic, Bogdan Djurdjic, Dragan Draskovic and Drasko Brguljan all scored. Marton Vamos missed, while Gergo Zalanki hit the post.

Montenegro won this trophy with a style because it recorded all five victories since the start of the final competition. They opened the match very well and thanks to Ivovic goals took a 20 lead.

But, the Hungarians answered with full power – scoring five consecutive goals to grab a 5:2 lead. From that moment, the team of Vladimir Gojkovic had also to attack with all weapons.

Finally, in the third quarter after a goal from Draskovic, Montenegrin water polo team equalized – 6:6. Hungary then again got to an 8:6 lead, but it was Petkovic goal, 68 seconds before the final whistle, that gave Montenegro an opportunity to win in the penalty shootout.

In the first match of the day, USA water polo team won the seventh place after beating Kazakhstan – 9:3. It was an easy game for the Yankees. They started the game in a dominant way as they took a 4:0 lead.

The defending world champion, Croatia found enough motivation to win a game for the fifth place. They beat Australia 10:8 with Benic, Fatovic, Krapic all scoring two goals each.

Spain national team got a bronze medal, after winning the gamer for the third place against the biggest surprise of the tournament, Japan – 12:7. Spaniards took a 4:1 lead early in the game, but in the second quarter Japan fought back and made it an equal game.

And it was like that until the third quarter when the scoreline was 7:7. After this moment, there was just one team in the swimming pool – Spain. La Furia Roja scored five consecutive goals and conceded none to get the victory.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

7th place

USA 9:3 Kazakhstan
(4:0, 0:1, 3:1, 2:1)

USA: Bowen 2, Hooper, Vavic, Obert, Hallock, Daube, Roelse, Irving
Kazakhstan: Shmider, Godoyanyuk, Ukumanov

5th place

Croatia 10:8 Australia
(3:2, 2:2, 4:3, 1:1)

Croatia: Benic 2, Fatovic 2, Krapic 2, Buljubasic, Milos, Vukicevic, Basic
Australia: Roach 2, Younger 2, Campbell, Edwards, Kayes, Hollis

3rd place

Japan 7:12 Spain
(2:4, 3:3, 2:1, 0:4)

Japan: Inaba 2, Adachi 2, Arai, Yoshida, Shiga,
Spain: Perrone 3, Del 2, Munarriz 2, Espanol 2, Mallarch, Cabanas, Granados

Final

Hungary 11:13 Montenegro
(2-2, 4-2, 2-3, 1-2, 2-4)

Hungary: Manhercz 3, Batori 3, Erdelyi 2, Vamos, Mezei, Kovacs
Montenegro: Ivovic 4, Misic 3, Draskovic 2, Brguljan, Petkovic, Janovic, Djurdjic

Final rankings

1. Montenegro $100.000
2. Hungary $70.000
3. Spain $50.000
4. Japan $35.000
5. Croatia $30.000
6. Australia $25.000
7. United States $20.000
8. Kazakhstan $15.000

Individual awards

Top scorers

Aleksandar Ivovic (MNE), Mladen Janovic (MNE), Inada Yosuke (JPN) with 14-14 goals

Most Valuable Player

Marton Vamos (HUN)

Best goalkeeper

Viktor Nagy (HUN)

Best Young Player

Inada Yosuke (JPN)

Fina World League winners

2002 – Russia
2003 – Hungary
2004 – Hungary
2005 – Serbia and Montenegro
2006 – Serbia and Montenegro
2007 – Serbia
2008 – Serbia
2009 – Montenegro
2010 – Serbia
2011 – Serbia
2012 – Croatia
2013 – Serbia
2014 – Serbia
2015 – Serbia
2016 – Serbia
2017 – Serbia
2018 – Montenegro

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