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FINA WC Day 10 - Men's Water Polo Match 33 & 34

Jul 22, 2003

Match 33, Men 12:00, 22.07.03
Classification 9th-12th
Quarters: 1-2, 1-0, 2-0, 3-1

Referees: Patrick Clemencon (FRA), Rik Rycaert (BEL)

CROATIA: Frano Vican, Damir Buric, Goran Volarevic, Dubravko Simenc (1), Tihomil Vranjes, Ratko Stritof (2), Mile Smodlaka, Teo Dogas, Nikola Frankovic, Samir Barac, Igor Hinic (2), Elvis Fatovic (2), Vjekoslav Kobescak
Coach: Zoran Roje

GERMANY: Alexander Tchigir, Steffen Dierolf (1), Fabian Schroedter, Patrick Weissinger, Michael Zellmer, Marc Politze, Tim Wollthan, Thomas Schertwitis (1), Tobias Kreuzmann, Heiko Nossek (1), Timo Purschke, Soeren Mackeben, Jens Pohlmann
Coach: Hagen Stamm

Croatia may have come away with the victory but Germany can be proud of its effort against the team, which nearly won the European championship. Germany led 2-1 at the first break, and when Ratko Stritof scored from eight metres for his second late in the second period for 2-2, it looked as if the game would go to extra time. Both teams showed determination, took good shots and defended exceptionally. Germany took a timeout but missed and gave up a penalty on the resulting counter. Elvis Fatovic converted. Nearly three minutes passed before Igor Hinic turned and scored in the centre position for 4-2. Dubravko Simenc took it out to 5-2 early in the fourth with a penalty goal. Heiko Nossek finally broke through for Germany rocketing in a power shot from eight metres. Hinic with a backhand at 1:27 and Fatovic on extra in the dying seconds, pushed Croatia into the play-off for ninth.

Match 34, Men 13:15, 22.07.03
Classification 9th-12th
Quarters: 1-2, 2-3, 2-2, 1-2

Referees: Massimiliano Caputi (ITA), Georgios Stavridis (GRE)

ROMANIA: Robert Dinu (1), Cosmin Radu (2), Florin Musat, Florin Bonca, Andrei Iosep (1), Dragos Stoenescu, Adrian Cretu, Robert Fieresteanu, Ramses Jurawle (1), Ionut Angelescu (1), Nicolae Diaconu, Kalman Kabar, Edward Andrei Dina
Coach: Dragan Jovonovic

RUSSIA: Nicolay Maksimov, Yury Iatsev, Alexander Fedorov, Nikolay Kozlov, Roman Balashov, Alexander Eryshov (2), Revaz Tchomakhidze, Dmitri Stratan (2), Dmitri Gorchkov (2), Marat Zakirov, Sergey Garbuzov, Irek Zinnourov (2), Andrey Reketchinski (1)
Coach: Alexander Kabanov

Russia goes into the play-off for ninth place with Croatia following a laboured 9-6 victory over Romania.