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Kazakhstan made history by reaching the 11th place at the 17th FINA World Championships. Italy and Montenegro will face off for the 5th place.

Placement matches at Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex on Thursday.

For 11th place:

Brazil-Kazakhstan 5-9 (1-4, 2-2, 0-1, 2-2)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Franulovic (CRO), Ghafouri (IRI).
Brazil: Soro – Cruz 1, Coutinho 2, P. Stellet, Rocha, G. Guimaraes, Freitas. Subs.: Almeida 1, Silva, R. Guimaraes, M. Stellet, Carrulo 1. Head coach: Angelo Coelho.
Kazakhstan:  Shlemov – Medvedev 1, Shedov, Shmider 1, Shakenov 2, Ukumanov 2, Ruday 1. Subs.: Pilipenko, Altayev 1, Turlykhanov 1, Manafov, Verdesh. Head coach: Nemanja Knezevie.

Photos: Máté Balogh/Bp2017

The Brazilian team seemed to be more concerned about this morning’s chill. The opening match was played for the 11th place. The South-American team managed to shoot on target only once, something Coutinho made a goal of. By that time the Kazakh team had scored three goals. From the middle of the second quarter the Brazilians settled their comfortable 3-4 lead, something they held up until the end.

For a fun fact, at the opening match of the men’s water polo tournament Brazil and Kazakhstan were the two teams who faced off each other. At that match the South-Americans won with the score of 6-2.

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For 9th place

Japan-Spain 11-13 (2-1, 4-6, 3-4, 2-2)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Stanko Ivanovski (MNE), Viktor Salnichenko (KAZ)
Japan: Tanamura – Adachi 3, Shiga 2, Iida, Shimizu, Arai 2, Okawa 3; Subs: Kawamoto, Yoshida 1, Takata, Inaba, Araki, Fukushima; Head coach: Yoji Omoto
Spain: : Motos Martin - Munarrizz Egana 1, Granados Ortega, Bustos Sanchez, Minguell Alferez, Barroso Macarro, Fernandez Miranda; Subs: Lopez Pinedo, del Toro, Espanol Lifante 5, Tahull Compte 2, Mallarach Guell 2, Gutierrez Santiago 3; Head coach: David Martin

After achieving their highest rank in the history of the World Championships confidently, Japan faced off Spain with a strong determination to win this match. The first goal was scored by them, accompanied by the cheering ovation of the Japanese fans. Two minutes before the middle break, the Spanish team managed to lead by two points. The Japanese scored their goals mostly by executing successful counterattacks.

 Although the Asian team barely let its opponent increase their lead to more than two goals, in the end they couldn’t turn the match around. Spain finished 9th.

For 5-8th places:

Montenegro-Russia 9-8 (1-1, 4-2, 2-4, 2-1)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Stavridis (GRE), Koryzna (POLl)
Montenegro: Scepanovic – Drasko Brguljan 4, Petkovic, Draskovic, D. Radovic, Misic 1, Cuckovic. Subs.: Banicevic 1, Darko Brguljan, A. Radovic 3, Ukropina, Murisic. Head coach: Vladimir Gojkovic
Russia: Statenko – Vasilyev, Bugaychuk, Merkulov 2, Kholod 1, Lisunov 2, Shepelev 1. Subs: Lazarev, Dereviankin 1, Ashaev, Nagaev 1, Suchkov. Head coach: Sergey Evstigneev

Both the team from Russia and Montenegro have been badly beaten in the quarter finals, the first by Greece, the latter by the Hungarians.

The two teams have arrived at Budapest with a renewed team. A possible fifth place would have been a comfortable final result for both teams – the first step to this had to be taken on Thursday.

The score was real close throughout the whole game, firstly the Russians lead by one point, soon followed by Montenegro equalising the score. No more goals happened in the first eight minutes. The score was 5-3 in the middle break, the biggest difference during the match. Vladimir Gojkovic’s team usually took the lead but the Russians equalised soon.

Five and half minutes before the end, the score was 8-8. It became unpredictable who the winner was going to be. Aleksandar Radovic’s goal resulted in a lead for Montenegro with the score of 9-8.

Two and half minutes before the end, the Russians got into an extramen situation but Scepanovic saved the situation. In the end, Montenegro held the ball confidently. Due to Ivan Nagaev’s foul, the team held posession up until the end.

Montenegro finished 5th, Russia will play for the 7th place on Saturday.

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Australia-Italy 4-8 (2-4, 2-2, 0-0, 0-2)
Hajós Alfréd Swimming Complex, referees: Molnár P. (HUN), Putnikovic (SRB)
Australia: Slade – G. Ford, Edwards, Gilchrist 1, Younger, A. Ford, Hollis 2. Subs: Putt, Kayes 1, Power, Fannon, Brooks. Head coach: Elvis Fatovic
Italy: Volarevic – Di Fulvio 2, Figlioli 2, Nora, Renzuto Iodice, Aicardi 1, Bertoli. Subs: Tempesti (kapus), Gitto 1, N. Presciutti 1, Mirarchi, Fondelli, Bodegas 1. Head coach: Alessandro Campagna

Australia didn’t have much chance to beat Serbia in the quarter finals, but the team has proved its strength against the world championship’s titleholder. They didn’t manage to get further, but getting into the top eight is still a great result for the team.

Obviously, Elvis Fatovic didn’t want to finish last as one of the four middle rankers. The team started offensively against Italy, the kangoroos led ahead their opponent even with the score of 2-0. Italy woke up afterwards and they managed to turn the match around. By the end of the first quarter the team lead with the score of 4-2.

Australia didn’t give up easily. Interestingly, even without their best, Aaron Younger, the greens managed to keep on track. They played a tie in both the third and fourth quarter. There was no goal in the third part of the game.

The professional goalkeepers of the Italian team showed us an impressive performance. For instance, Stefan Timpesti saved six goals out of six shots. By the end of the game, the European team led by three goals, it proved to be enough. Francesco Fulvio even increased their lead.

Italy will face Montenegro for the 5th place, Australia will clash with Russia for the 7th.

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20:30 – Greece-Hungary
22:00 – Serbia-Croatia