Water Polo World Cup: Croatia and Serbia Draw, Croatia Wins First in Group

Daniela Rogulj

The Croatia water polo team played against Serbia in the final round of Group B of the World Cup in Berlin.

The Croatian men’s water polo team played their final game of Group B of the FINA World Cup in Berlin against Serbia. The Barracuda’s drew 10-10 (4-2, 2-3, 3-3, 1-2), reports Gol.hr on September 13, 2018. 

Croatia deserved the victory against Serbia, but even with the failed outcome, Ivica Tucak’s team are the first in the group and have an easy rival in the quarterfinal. 

The Barracuda’s started the match better and led 3-0 against the three-time winner of this competition, and even during the match, Croatia maintained a nearly constant lead with a one or two goals difference.

At 3:40 minutes, Ante Vukičević’s goal brought Croatia to 10-8, though it was reduced to 10-9 in the next attack with a goal by Ognjen Stojanović. A minute before the end, Viktor Rašovic equalized for 10-10, which is the final result of the game. 

Croatia’s Ante Vukičević scored three goals and Lovre Miloš two, while Serbia was led by Stojanović who scored four goals.

Croatia tops Group B with a better goal difference than Serbia and will play on Friday at 20:30 in the quarterfinal against the fourth team in Group A, most likely Japan.

Croatia has never won the World Cup and only played the final once – in 2010 in Romania where they lost to Serbia.


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