» Day 4
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Adrian Alexandrescu (ROU)
Roberto Cabral (BRA)
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Jaime Moliner (ESP)
Andrey Shaydakov (RUS)
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Hooshang Hafezi (IRI)
Michael Hart (AUS)
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He Jianguo (CHN)
Mark Koganov (AZE)
by Camillo Cametti, FINA Press Commission Chairman
15:30 -GAME 14/ Australia (AUS) - Serbia (SRB): 9-12 (2-3, 2-4; 2-3, 3-2)
A good game well played by both sides. However, the final outcome was never in doubt although the Aussies did their best to make life a little bit harder for their opponents. The first quarter was tight, with the two sides trading a pair of goals in the first part; then Serbia scored the last one of the period, to win it 3-2. In the second period Australia scored first and equalised (3-3); then Serbia took command and scored four consecutive times, before Australia could score the second goal in the period. Serbia won also the 3rd but lost the 4th period: the two quarters ended 3-2, respectively for Serbia and Australia. Alecksic top scored the game with three goals.
Game scorers and other highlights:
1st Q.: 5:03 Aleksic (S), from outside; 4:36 Howden (A); 4:13 Filipovic (S) also from outside; 3:07 O’Halloran (A) scored a controversial goal on a breakaway; 1:22 Prlainovic (S) on man-up (2-3).
2nd Q.: 6:45 Campbell (A) on action; 6:25 and 5:19 Udovicic (S) twice, first on action and then on x-man; 4:37 Pijetlovic (S) on action; 3:21 Gocic (S) on action; 1:40 Maitland (A) on man-up (4-7).
3rd Q. : Aleksic (S) from two metres on man-up; 6:05 McGregor (A) scored an action goal, also from two metres; 3:53 Miller (A) missed an enormous opportunity from two metres, alone in front of Soro, after a swift counterattack; 3:34 Filipovic (S) shoot a missile from the distance and scored again for Serbia (on action); 0:51 Aleksic (S) on man-up (6-10).
4th Q.: 6:26 Younger (A) from the distance; 5:24 Prlainovic on a counter-attack; 4:24 Nikic on a man-up; 2:21 Miller (A) from two metres; 0:53 Younger (A) scored the last goal of the game from two metres on a solitary counter-attack (9-13).
17:00 -GAME 13/ Romania (ROU) - USA: 12-14 (1-1, 4-4; 4-4; 3-5)
In spite of their different Olympic rankings, the two sides faced today showing equal strength and gave life to the most exciting game of the tournament so far. This was clear from the first period when the only two goals, one per side, were scored on penalty shots. Both the second and the third period ended also on a tie, with both team trading four goals per quarter. In the last fraction the United States managed to bring home victory thanks to their ability to convert into goals some extra-man opportunities.
Romania’s Negrean and Iosep and USA’s Bailey were the top scorers, with 4 goals each.
Game scorers and highlights:
1st Q.: 5:01 Bailey (US) on penalty; the goal was allowed with some hesitation by the referees (but for the Romanians the ball did not enter the goal); 3.29 Georgescu (R ), also on penalty (1-1).
2nd Q.: 6:56 Bailey (US) scored his second goal on x-man; 5:24 Hutten (US), action goal from two metres; 4:49 Negrean (R) from outside on x-man; 4:00 Sharf (US) on x-man; 3:28 Iosep (R) two men-up; 2:07 Negrean scored his second, also on x-man and equalised (4-4); Romania’s #8, Matei, was excluded from the rest of the game with substitution as there were eight players in the water at the same time for Romania and penalty shot was allowed to the USA: Azevedo converted (4-5); at 20 seconds to the end Chiovenau shoot a missile form the distance and scored a great goal, resetting the tie (5-5).
3rd Q.: 6:16 Bailey (US) pushes his team up once more scoring his third on action (5-6); 5:12 Azevedo (US) scored his second from outside (5-7); then a fantastic lob shot from the distance from Negrean (R), who also completed a hat-trick, gave more hopes to the home team; 3.34 Negrean scored his fourth, on expiration of the superiority time, tying at 7-7; 0:48 Varellas (US) on extra-man put his team again the lead (7-8); then, with 32 seconds to the end, a penalty is allowed to Romania: Iosep scored his second converted tying once more (8-8); but with just 7 seconds to the end Bailey (US) scored also his fourth goal (8-9); with less than a second to the end (0.6 seconds) a clear penalty was allowed to Romania: Iosep converted again (3rd goal for him) and Romania catch a new tie, at 9-9.
4th Q.: 6:58 Hutten (US) netted his second goal on superiority; 6:15 Azevedo (US) scored his third on a lob shot centrally from outside, putting the USA two goals ahead; 5:58 Radu (R) lessened the gap with a goal in superiority (10-11); 5.11 Powers (US) , on expiration of superiority (10-12); new superiority and new goal for the USA, with Wright at 4:02 (10-13); 3:11 Josep scored his 4th on extra-man (11-13); 2:30 Hutten scored his third on superiority (11-14), game over; 1:16 Cretu (R) scored the last goal of the game on extra-man (12-14) . The crowd applauded his team and, unhappy with the game directors, heavily booed the referees.
18:30 – GAME 15 / Spain (ESP) – China (CHN): 11-5 (1-2, 5-1; 2-0, 3-2)
In a surprising scenario China managed to win the first quarter (2-1) against the higher ranked Spanish side. However, with 5 goals (to just one of the Chinese on penalty) the Spaniards restored the ranks already in the second quarter. The score at halftime was 6-3 for Spain. The gap between the two teams widened in the second half of the game.
1st Q.: 6:45 Valles (E); 6:17 Liang (C); 0:20 Wang (C) (1-2).
2nd Q: 6:09 and 5:26 Spain scored twice on action with Mallarach and Sziranyi; 2:52 easy goal from Molina (E) on a team counter attack; 1:54 Espanol (E) on superiority; 0:58 Valles (E); 0:41 Tan on penalty (6-3).
3rd Q.: 6:00 Liang missed a penalty (Lopez saved); 3:58 Molina (E) scored on superiority; 0:42 Valles (E) scored his third goal on action (8-3).4th Q.: 6:48 Sziranyi (E); 4:16 Pan (C); 3:23 Han (C); 2:42 and 2:04 Javier Garcia (E) scored twice, the second goal on penalty (11-5).
20:00 - GAME 16 / Iran (IRI) – Croatia (CRO): 2-23 (0-6, 1-8; 0-5, 1-4)
Croatia Iran inflicting them “just” 23 goals (instead of 26 of each of the previous three games). Sukno and Boskovic were the top scorers with 4 goals each.
1st Q.: 7:05 Jokovic; 6:38 Boskovic; 5:41 Sukno; 2:59 Barac; 2:12 Sukno; 0:15 Buslje (0-6).
2nd Q.: 7:32 Sukno; 6:43 Muslim; 6:09 Buslje; 5:12 Muslim on penalty; 4:39 Buric; 3:01 Mirmahdi (I); 1:50 Buljubasic; 0:56 Boskovic; 0:25 Buric (1-14).
3rd Q.: 6:31 Buric; 5:27 Buljubasic; 4:53 Hinic; 3:10 Karac; 2:13 Muslim (1-19).
4th Q.: 6:53 Boskovic; 4:01 Soltani (I) on penalty; 2:58 Barac; 1:06 Boskovic; 0:35 Sukno (2-23).