Water polo, World Cup Division 1: Italy flies into the super final
There Italy men’s national water polo team imposes itself in the comeback France For 11-8 in the penultimate commitment of Group A the preliminary phase of WM Division 1 in progress a Zagreb. The fourth win in as many races allows Settebello to confirm himself alone at the top of the group and secure qualification for the superfinal planned from June 30 to July 2 a Los Angeles. The Azzurri return to the water on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. to face off United States already certain to take part in the Final Eight as the host country.
Italy-France 11-8: five points for Di Somma
France, anchored at the bottom of the table alongside Japan without a point, finished the first third 5-2. Italy reacts resolutely. Direct selection off Alessandro Campagna, who are clearly gaining in tone on defense, put in a sensational 8-1 run in the middle quarter, which gave them a 10-6 lead in the final fraction. France only managed to reduce the deficit to three goals with the remaining eight minutes. Big star of the evening Edoardo di Somma hit five times. To complete the blue loot there is a pair damonte and the services of Bruni, Cinammon, Sweet And Renzuto.
Spain lose to Serbia on penalties but qualify for the Final Eight
In the other session of Group A the European champions of Croatia They raise their heads after the searing knockout against Italy and easily win Japan For 14-8. The confirmation allows the landlords to settle alone in second place and lead by three points at least for one night Hungary And United States stayed solid at 6. The world champions of Spainunder the command of Group B From Podgoricaguarantee entry into the super final, but see their lead over the Olympic champions Serbia climbed to 8 points due to the success achieved in the penalty shoot-out in the direct game 14-13. The hosts of Montenegroafter winning the final sprint Australia For 12-11Hook, albeit with one more game played, Greece in third place with 6 odds.
Water polo, World Cup Division 1: the rankings
Group A (Zagreb, Croatia): ITALY 12, Croatia 9, UNITED STATES* and Hungary* 6, France and Japan 0.
Group B (Podgorica, Montenegro): SPAIN 10, Serbia 8, Greece* and Montenegro 6, Georgia* 3, Australia 0.
NOTES – *One less race. In capital letters the already qualified national teams.
In Group A, two national teams qualify alongside the legally admitted USA. The top three finishers advance to Group B. The picture of the Superfinals is rounded off with the two best representatives of Division 2.