All eyes on the evening programme, where four teams jump into the pool with hopes for a win and a guaranteed medal. The audience won’t be bored during the day in Hajós Alfréd Complex either.
Programme for the men's water polo tournament on Thursday.
For 11th place
10:30 – Brazil-Kazakhstan
This will be a rematch from earlier this tournament as these two teams faced off in the very first game of the World Championships. That time, Brazil won 6-2 and we can expect a similar outcome for 11th place.
For 9th place
12:00 – Japan-Spain
Photos: Máté Balogh/Bp2017
Both teams finished third in their group and took a loss in the quarterfinals. Now Japan and Spain faces off for 9th place. Japan’s style is always unpleasant, just ask team USA. They both played againts Russia in this tournament, Spain lost by one, Japan lost by seven.
For 5th-8th place
13:30 – Montenegro-Russia
15:00 – Australia-Italy
The question for all four teams competing for 5th-8th place will be if they can come back from a loss they took in the quarterfinals. For Italy, not being in the semifinals must be a disappointment, while the other three teams lost by a handful of goals, which must be devastating, so standing back up should be a difficult task. Interestingly, Italy and Australia already faced off in the last game of the group stage, that time, Italy won by eight.
20:30 – Greece-Hungary
Every neutral fan awaits the evening program, where the best four teams go to war for the finals and therefore a guarateed medal. First off, in primetime, Hungary plays againts Greece. Hungary was extremely confident in their win againts Russia, they were spectacular on both sides of the pool, Viktor Nagy made some incredible saves, while others scored some huge goals on offense.
They will need both, because Greece also won confidently againts Montenegro, thanks to their great defense and their early lead. This will be a really exciting and tough game with a great atmosphere coming from the host team’s fans in the crowd.
22:00 – Serbia-Croatia
Serbia – who won all six of the latest FINA events – is the favourite, but they don’t have an easy task at hand as Croatia won silver in both the last Olympics in Rio and at the last World Championships in Kazany.
The two most balanced teams of the last few years will face off in Hajós Alfréd Complex, which game may be equivalent with a final before the actual final. Serbia marched in the semifinals easily, while Croatia had a huge clash against Italy two days ago, so they should be the more exhausted team of the two.