Russell McKinnon, FINA Media Committee

 It is the seventh day with quarterfinal matches of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at the Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait.

In the round 1-8 quarter-finals, Serbia came back from 5-3 down at halftime to best Montenegro 10-9 in a match that was level six times and the winner came from Stefan Brankovic who broke the match open with Serbia's last three goals.

Croatia came back from 3-1 down at quarter time to take the lead at 5-4 and advance to the semifinals with a 7-6 victory over Spain. Spain levelled at 6-6 and the winning Croatian goal came with 4:16 still left on the clock.

European champion Italy swam all over Japan — 17-5 — with Ettore Novara having a field day at centre forward, scoring eight goals. Japan failed to convert three penalty attempts and seemed stunned by the fast, fit and equally agile Italians.

Reigning champion Greece needed a penalty shootout to beat United States of America after being down 4-0 at one stage. Greece led only once, but scored the 11-11 equaliser with only half a second remaining. Greece won the shootout 4-1.

Serbia will play Italy and Croatia takes on Greece in the semifinals.

In the 9-12 semifinals, Hungary resoundingly defeated New Zealand 20-4. Mate Dala was named the best player as Hungary smashed the final quarter 8-1. Canada won the "Commonwealth title" by beating Australia 11-8 in a match which was tied six times until the breakout 4-2 final quarter. Jeremie Coté slammed in five for Canada and Charlie Negus four for the Aussies.

In the lower tier of matches, Russia earned a play-off for 13th by beating China 19-7. China will play for 15th. Russia's Valerii Pelikh top-scored with five goals, three from centre forward shots. Brazil led 7-2 at one stage and had to withstand a comeback from Iran before winning 11-8 with Italo Vizacre netting five for Brazil. South Africa won the "African continental title" 8-7 over Egypt in what was an amazing match. South Africa regained the lead midway through the second quarter and was never headed, although broke the 7-7 deadlock just inside the three-minute mark. Uzbekistan will play Brazil for 17th following a 23-9, counter-attack-laden match against Kuwait in which Javokhir Kutmonbekov scored seven goals.

 Wednesday Schedule:

Match 50, 08:00, W41 CHINA 7 W42 RUSSIA 19
Match 51, 09:20, L43 BRAZIL 11 L44 IRAN 8
Match 52, 10:40, W43 SOUTH AFRICA8  W44 EGYPT 7
Match 53, 12:00, L45 NEW ZEALAND 4 L46 HUNGARY 20
Match 54, 13:20, L47 AUSTRALIA 8 L48 CANADA 11
Match 49, 14:40, L41 UZBEKISTAN 23 L42 KUWAIT 9 
Match 55, 16:00, 1A SERBIA 10 W46 MONTENEGRO 9
Match 56, 17:20, 1B SPAIN 6 W45 CROATIA 7
Match 57, 18:40, 1C ITALY 17 W47 JAPAN 5
Match 58, 20:00, 1D GREECE 15 W48 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 12 in penalty shootout (FT: 11-11. Pens: 4-1)

Thursday Schedule:

Classification 17-18
Match 60, 08:00, W49 UZBEKISTAN W51 BRAZIL

Classification 15-16  
Match 61, 09:20, L50 CHINA L52 EGYPT

Classification 13-14
Match 62, 10:40, W50 RUSSIA W52 SOUTH AFRICA

Classification 11-12
Match 63, 12:00, L53 NEW ZEALAND L54 AUSTRALIA

Classification 9-10  
Match 64, 13:20, W53 HUNGARY W54 CANADA

Classification 19-20
Match 59, 14:40, L49 KUWAIT L51 IRAN

Classification 5-8 Semifinals
Match 65, 16:00, L55 MONTENEGRO L57 JAPAN
Match 66, 17:20, L56 SPAIN L58 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Classification 1-4 Semifinals
Match 67, 18:40, W55 SERBIA W57 ITALY
Match 68, 20:00, W56 CROATIA W58 GREECE