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Budapest 2017 – Day 10 Recap: The Canadian Men finish their tournament with a victory

(Budapest, Hungary, July 25 2017) – Canada finished off its tournament with a 9-6 win against the Republic of South Africa, at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Once again, Canada’s Captain Nicolas Constantin-Bicari had an impressive performance, scoring five goals in the Canadian victory.

South Africa had a strong start, taking an early lead 30 seconds into the first quarter. The South African squad would add one more goal to 2-0 lead after a missed penalty from Canada. Constantin –Bicari would net his first of the day to put his team on the scoresheet. The South Africans had a 2-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Constantin-Bicari fired one from outside to tie the score at 2-2. South Africa answered back right after on the power play to regain the lead (2-3). Canadian George Torakis scored the equalizer on a converted penalty shot (3-3). Constantin-Bicari would add two more goals for Canada, beating the keeper twice with close range shots. Canada was up 5-3 at half time.

In the third quarter, Dusan Radojcic scored his first of the tournament in the opening minutes. Radojcic beat the goalkeeper with a rebound shot after a nice setup by Scott Robinson. With a little over two minutes to go, Reuel D’souza scored one from outside to put Canada in front 7-3. South Africa’s Dean Whyte would score one for his team with 1 second left in the quarter (7-4).

In the opening minutes of the final quarter, Canada scored twice. Constantin-Bicari scored his fifth of the game from the left side, just to see Aria Soleimani fire one from outside to give Canada a five goal lead. South Africa would score two goals before the end of the game, but with a three goal lead, Canada still earned 9-6 victory to finish off the tournament.

“It’s a new team. These World Championships have been a great experience for all the new players. We have a lot of work to do and we understand that it’s a hard process, but we are looking ahead. There is a lot of potential for the future of Water Polo Canada” said Canada’s captain, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari after the game.

The men’s national team conclude its World Championships with a 1-2-2 record and will certainly look forward to the next competition. Some of the Canadian players will also compete in the 19th FINA World Men's Junior Water Polo Championships, from August 5-13 in Belgrade, Serbia. The Canadian Women’s National Team will face Spain in the semi-final Wednesday July 26 at 10:00 pm Local/ 4:00 pm ET. Live stream will be available at www.cbcbsports.ca .



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