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Spain, Croatia, Hungary and Italy will play in the semifinals of the men’s tournament at the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju.

On Thursday, reigning champion Croatia will face Spain, while Hungary and Italy will play in the second semifinal.

The semifinals of the women’s tournament will be held on Wednesday. The pairs are USA – Australia, Spain – Hungary.

The quarterfinal matches for men were played today.

Spain secured a 12:8 win over a young Serbian team thanks to an opening 6:1 rush.

Croatia had a lot of troubles in an encounter with Germany, but it managed to celebrate a 2-goal victory (10:8).

Hungary beat Australia 10:9, by a last-gasp goal. Marton Vamos scored a game-winner just 4 seconds before the end. Denes Varga, who missed three matches because of a finger injury, returned to the team in this match.

Italy defeated Greece after a big battle (7:6).

The USA team easily crushed Greece (15:5) in the first match of the women’s quarterfinals.Australia was better than Russia (9:7). Spain had a 6:1 lead against the Netherlands and it celebrated a 12:8 win in the end. There were a lot of excitements in the last match of the quarters for ladies. Hungary beat Italy by a goal (7:6).

This time three of the 8 group winners didn’t qualify for the semifinals. Men’s team of Serbia, and female squads of Italy and Russia were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Russia and Serbia won bronze medals in their respective tournaments at the 2017 World Championships, which was held in Budapest. Other medal winners are still in the race. Two years ago, Croatia beat Hungary in the men’s winal, while the female team of the USA took the gold ahead of

18TH FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, GWANGJU

MEN’S WATER POLO TOURNAMENT

Day 4

Crossover round
Montenegro – Australia 11:13 (1:3, 3:2, 4:2, 1:2, penalty shootout 2:4)
Greece – USA 11:9 (3:4, 3:2, 2:2, 3:1)
Spain – Japan 15:7 (2:1, 3:3, 4:2, 6:1)
South Africa – Germany 5:25 (2:5, 0:6, 1:9, 2:5)

Semifinals for the classification 13th -16th
South Korea – Kazakhstan 4:17 (1:4, 2:4, 0:7, 1:2)
New Zealand – Brazil 8:12 (1:2, 4:6, 2:2, 1:2)

Day 5

Quarterfinals
Serbia – Spain 9:12 (1:2, 2:5, 4:3, 2:2)
Croatia – Germany 10:8 (1:2, 3:1, 3:3, 3:2)
Hungary – Australia 10:9 (3:3, 2:3, 3:1, 2:2)
Italy – Greece 7:6 (2:2, 2:1, 2:3, 1:0)

Semifinals for the classification 9th -12th place
Montenegro – Japan 14:7 (3:2, 4:1, 4:3, 3:1)
USA – South Africa 20:3 (5:0, 8:1, 5:2, 2:0)

For the 13th place
Kazakhstan – Brazil 8:9 (3:3, 2:2, 1:2, 2:2)

For the 15th place
South Korea – New Zealand 17:16 (3:3, 2:2, 4:5, 3:2, penalty shootut 5:4)

WOMEN’S WATER POLO TOURNAMENT

Day 4

Crossover round
Netherlands – Canada 5:4 (0:0, 4:2, 0:1, 1:1)
New Zealand – Hungary 6:17 (2:4, 1:4, 1:4, 2:5)
Greece – China 12:8 (4:1, 2:2, 4:4, 2:1)
Kazakhstan – Australia 3:13 (0:4, 1:2, 2:3, 0:4)

Semifinals for the classification 13th – 16th place
South Africa – South Korea 26:3 (7:1, 4:0, 7:1, 8:1)
Cuba – Japan 9:21 (3:6, 2:6, 2:4, 2:5)

Day 5

Quarterfinals
USA – Greece 15:5 (4:0, 4:2, 2:2, 5:1)
Russia – Australia 7:9 (1:2, 0:2, 3:2, 3:3)
Spain – Netherlands 12:8 (6:1, 2:3, 2:1, 2:3)
Italy – Hungary 6:7 (2:4, 2:1, 1:1, 1:1)

Semifinals for the classification 9th -12th place
Canada – China 17:16 (4:4, 3:4, 1:1, 2:1, PSO 7:6)
New Zealand – Kazakhstan 12:14 (3:6, 3:2, 2:0, 2:2, PSO 2:4)

For the 13th place
South Africa – Japan 2:21 (0:4, 1:4, 1:6, 0:7)

For the 15th place
South Korea – Cuba 0:30 (0:8, 0:9, 0:6, 0:7)

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