Water Polo Canada Senior Men’s National Team completed their preliminary round with a win against Brazil to finish in the top spot at the 2017 UANA Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. The Canadians will face the host team in the second semi-final of the day on Friday, February 10. The winner of this game will automatically qualifies for the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
In day 3 of competition, Canada faced Brazil to determine the top three positions of the group. The Canadians came out strong and defeated the Brazilians 8-4 to access the semi-finals in 1st place, Brazil took second. In the 1st quarter, both teams scored with their extra man advantage to put the score at 3-3. In second, Canada’s strong defense and great goalkeeping stopped the Brazilians’ attacks. The Canadians were up 4-3 after the first half. In the third quarter, the Canadian team limited their opponent to a few scoring chances, capitalizing on their opportunities to take the lead 7-3. In a tight defensive battle, in fourth quarter, Canadian goalkeeper, Milan Radenovic, made great saves to allow only one goal to Brazil. Canada’s lead scorer was George Torakis (#11) with 4 goals.
After Canada’s third game, Captain Nicolas Constantin-Bicari was happy with his team performance, “It was very good that we got a win as a team. We are glad to put ourselves in a good situation for world qualifier. ”, he commented.
After a relatively easy first match against Trinidad and Tobago, Canada faced a stronger Argentinian team in their second game. Despite a good game, the Canadians came up short and lost their confrontation to Argentina, meaning they had to win their third match against Brazil to claim the top position in the standings.
Head Coach Pino Porzio was pleased with the way his players bounced back from their match against Argentina and he’s looking forward to the semi-finals on Friday. “We are almost there. Last game we missed a lot of chances. We beat a tough team in Brazil and we are one step closer to qualifying for the World Championships in Budapest – an important milestone in the development of our young team “, he said.
The two semi-finals will take place tonight, in day 4 of competition at 2017 UANA Cup. Brazil (2nd) will face Argentina (3rd) in the first semi-final (5:00 p.m. EST). In the second match, Canada (1st) will face Trinidad and Tobago (4th) (6:30 p.m. EST). The winners will play in the gold medal match Saturday (11:30 a.m. EST).
Live updates will be posted on Water Polo Canada platforms’ (@waterpolocanada), local live stream will also be available (link coming soon).