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Rio Olympics 2016: Croatia Through to Water Polo Final

Croatia through to the Olympic water polo final (photo credit: Igor Kralj/PIXSELL)

Croatia through to the Olympic water polo final (photo credit: Igor Kralj/PIXSELL)

Croatia have beaten Montenegro on Thursday to advance through to the final of the men’s water polo tournament at the Rio Olympics…

Croatia, who had already beaten Montenegro in group play, were too strong again, winning the semi-final 12-8. The ‘Barracudas’ started the semi-final strong, racing out to a quick 3-0 lead and managed to hold the lead at the end of the first quarter 4-3.

Croatia stretched their lead in the second quarter thanks to some precision shooting from Marko Macan and Sandro Sukno to go into the half-time break 7-5 ahead. The third quarter saw both teams trade only one goal each and Croatia managed to hold onto the two-goal advantage throughout the last quarter and extend it to win another between the two countries 12-8.

Croatia goalkeeper Marko Bijač, who has been in tremendous form in Rio, had another outstanding game making a number of important saves.

Croatia, who will be defending their gold medal from the London Olympics four years go, will face the winner of the second semi-final between Italy and Serbia in Saturday night’s gold medal match.

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