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Gold Again for Croatia Water Polo

Another gold for Croatia (Photo; Croatian Water Polo Federation)

World water polo champions Croatia have won another gold medal.

Croatia has won the 2018 Europa Cup by beating Spain in the final 12:9 (2:1, 4:4, 3:1, 3:3) in Rijeka on Sunday.

(Photo; Croatian Water Polo Federation)

“A new success for Croatian water polo and Croatian sport. Another gold for our collection. I am happy to lead this national team and that I lead such a great group of guys. I said last year after Budapest, and I say it again now, let’s go on. Happy and proud! Let’s continue on,” said Croatia coach Ivica Tucak.

Ivica Tucak (Photo; Croatian Water Polo Federation)

Loren Fatović led the way for Croatia in the final scoring 6 goals, followed by two from Vukičević and one each from Vrlić, Joković, Bušlje and Garcia. Once again Croatia’s keeper Marko Bijač was in fantastic form.

(Photo; Croatian Water Polo Federation)

“It was a top performance from start to finish. We contolled the match and in the second half with our rhytym, we scored a number of goals on the counter and kept our advantage until the end of the match. What Bijač done tonight in goal, I really don’t know when a keeper on the continent saved like he did tonight. Today we put on a top performance. Congratulations to everyone. Thanks to the public for coming. I think this trophy deserves to go in our cabinet,” said Fatović.

(Photo; Croatian Water Polo Federation)

The Rijeka crowd got behind the Croatian team as they had over the duration of the tournament. Italy beat Serbia 10:9 to claim the bronze medal.

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