Serbia retain FINA men’s water polo world league super final title

Huizhou (China), June 26 (IANS) Defending champion Serbia enjoyed a comfortable victory 10-6 (2-0, 3-1, 3-0, 2-5) over the United States to retain the champions’ title at the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League Super Final here on Sunday.

Tony Azevedo of the United States was named the Best Shooter, Greece’s Konstantinos Flegkas received the Best Goal Keeper trophy and Serbia’s Branislav Mitrovic claimed MVP of the Super Final, reports Xinhua.

A penalty goal by Filip Filipovic at three minutes started the hunting pace of Serbia in the final. The defending champions met no challenges from the US to lead the first three quarters 2-0, 5-1, 8-1.

The Americans smashed five goals in the last period but was too late to turn the game around with the final score of 10-6.

Serbia received five Extra Man goals out of eight fouls while the US scored none from 12 chances.

Greece defeated Italy 11-7 for the bronze medal. In the fifth-place game, Australia beat Japan 12-7 and Brazil romped China 16-4 for the seventh-place.

A total of eight teams, including Australia, Brazil, China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Serbia and the US qualified for the six-day Super Final, which followed the six-round European preliminaries and the Intercontinental Tournament.

–IANS

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