2018-07-28

ECH 2018 Men – Bronze-medal Match: Croatia vs Italy

The fifteenth day of the 33rd edition of the LEN European Water Polo Championships starts today with the last matches of the men’s tournament in Barcelona, and we will provide all the highlights and results of every game with a live streaming link. The clash for the bronze medal begins at 8:30 pm. Follow all the action of the day with Wpnews. 

 

Live stream link: LEN TV

Everything you need to know about the ECH is in our guide: click here

Croatia – Italy, 10-8 (4-0, 3-5, 2-1, 1-2)

Croatia: Marko BIJAC (gk), Marko MACAN, Loren FATOVIC (3), Luka LONCAR (2), Maro JOKOVIC (1), Ivan BULJUBASIC (1), Ante VUKICEVIC, Andro BUSLJE (captain) (2), Lovre MILOS, Josip VRLIC, Angelo SETKA, Javier GARCIA GADEA (1), Ivan MARCELIC (gk)

Italy: Marco DEL LUNGO (gk), Francesco DI FULVIO (2), Guillermo MOLINA (1), Pietro FIGLIOLI (captain) (1), Andrea FONDELLI, Alessandro VELOTTO, Vincenzo RENZUTO (1), Valentino GALLO (2), Nicholas PRESCIUTTI (1), Michael BODEGAS, Gonzalo ECHENIQUE, Zeno BERTOLI, Gianmarco NICOSIA (gk)

For exclusive photos from the match click here, or click on the picture and enjoy the slideshow.

 

The match started slowly, but the Croats opened the scoring in the third minute through Maro Jokovic (CRO) and they did not stop there. (1-0) The first goal was followed by 3 more, while the Italians failed to break through the solid defence of Croatia, which resulted in a comfortable 4-goal advantage of the world champions. (4-0)

Italy broke the deadlock and scored 2 goals right in the first minute of the second period. (4-2) The Croats reacted well and restored the 4-goal lead. (6-2) The goal fest continued as the Italians slowly but surely reduced the deficit to 2 goals by the halftime. (7-5)

Loren Fatovic (CRO) continued to play in fine form and scored his third of the match in the beginning of the third quarter. (8-5) Andro Buslje (CRO) improvet the Croats’ lead before Francesco di Fulvio (ITA) pulled one back for Italy. (9-6) There were no more goals in the remaining 3 and a half minutes, which means that the fourth period will start with a 3-goal difference in favour of Croatia.

The last quarter brought more final exclusions than goals as the emotions overwhelmed the players in the water. The Croats fought hard to keep their advantage, which resulted in rock-solid defence. Even though the Italians won the period 1-2, they could not reduce the difference, which proved to be too much for them. (10-8) Croatia won the bronze medal of the tournament, while Italy had to settle with the 4th place.

Top Scorer: Loren Fatovic (CRO) – 3 goals

Croatia won the bronze medal of the ECH.

 

Quotes from the participants:

Marko Macan (player, Croatia) to LEN:

“It was a difficult game with odd officiating. We managed to rise after the defeat in the semi-finals. We put our heads together and played a match we should  have played in the semi-finals.  We didn’t lose our heads not for a minute and took the bronze medal.”

Francesco di Fulvio (player, Italy) to LEN:

“I would like to congratulate Croatia on the bronze medal. They were excellent today. It was a very physical match. We didn’t know how to use the many extraman we were given because of their tougher defence. I am sorry.”

 

Previously played matches at the 33rd European Water Polo Championships:

For the 5th place:

Montenegro – Greece, 6-8 (1-2, 3-3, 1-1, 1-2) – Read more

For the 7th place:

Hungary – Russia, 8-9 (1-2, 2-3, 1-3, 4-1) – Read more

Semi-finals:

Spain – Italy, 8-7 (1-1, 3-2, 1-3, 3-1) – Read more

Serbia – Croatia, 9-7 (5-3, 1-1, 1-1, 2-2) – Read more

Semi-finals for the 5th-8th places:

Greece – Russia, 12-11 (5-1, 4-4, 2-4, 1-2) – Read more

Hungary – Montenegro, 6-7 (1-2, 1-2, 2-2, 2-1) – Read more

For the 9th place:

Netherlands – Germany, 11-12 (1-5, 4-4, 4-3, 2-0) – Read more

For the 11th place:

Romania – France, 10-6 (2-1, 3-3, 4-1, 1-1) – Read more

Quarterfinals:

Spain – Greece, 10-6 (2-1, 2-2, 4-0, 2-3) – Read more

Italy – Russia, 11-1 (2-0, 4-0, 1-1, 4-0) – Read more

Croatia – Montenegro, 9-7 (1-2, 1-2, 4-2, 3-1) – Read more

Serbia – Hungary, 8-5 (4-0, 1-1, 2-2, 1-2) – Read more

For the 9th-12th places:

Germany – France, 12-5 (4-2, 3-1, 1-1, 4-1) – Read more

Netherlands – Romania, 12-7 (2-2, 4-1, 3-3, 3-1) – Read more

For the 13th place:

Georgia vs Slovakia, 8-6 (1-1, 3-3, 3-2, 1-0) – Read more

For the 15th place:

Turkey – Malta, 13-12 (3-1, 2-1, 0-2, 2-3; Penalties: 6-5) – Read more

Eighth-finals:

France – Russia, 9-12 (1-4, 1-4, 4-2, 3-2) – Read more

Montenegro – Romania, 15-5 (3-1, 3-1, 4-2, 5-1) Read more

Germany – Greece, 5-13 (3-5, 0-3, 1-2, 1-3) Read more

Hungary – Netherlands, 12-9 (5-4, 4-2, 2-1, 1-2) Read more

Semi-finals for the 13th-16th places:

Malta – Slovakia, 6-11 (2-3, 1-4, 3-2, 0-2) Read more

Georgia – Turkey, 15-10 (6-3, 1-1, 3-3, 5-3) Read more

Group Stage:

The third round of the men’s group stage

The second round of the men’s group stage

The first round of the men’s group stage

Related Posts