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Belgrade 2017 Day 4: Tough loss against a tough opponent for the Canadian Men

(Belgrade, Serbia, August 8) – Canada and Italy opened the fourth day of competition at the 2017 FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships. Italy had a strong showing capitalizing on their opportunities to earn a 15-5 victory over the Canadian team.

Alexis Reiher opened the score in the first quarter to give Canada an early 1-0 lead. The rest of the quarter was all Italy as they scored five unanswered goals to take a four goal advantage at the end of the first quarter (1-5).

Italy continued on their offensive streak in the second quarter, adding three more goals (1-8). Jérémie Côté and Reuel D’Souza each netted one for the Canadian squad to put the score at (3-8). Italy then took advantage of a time out to setup an attack and take a 9-3 lead at the end of the first half.

Canada’s D’Souza started the third quarter with a goal from outside to come within five of the Italians. Italy answered back right away with a goal and then capitalized on a Canadian turnover to regain a seven goal lead heading into the final quarter.

The Italian squad didn’t slow down in the fourth quarter adding four goals to their lead. The Canadians were unable to break the defense to create scoring chances. The fifth Canadian goal came late in the quarter when Gareth Jones netted his first of the tournament. In the end, Italy recorded a 15-5 win to move on to second place in Group D.

“The result of this game doesn’t represent the quality of our team. Many of the goals that we gave up came from counter attacks that could have easily been prevented. We are a better team than we showed today, I am confident that we will showcase the talent and depth of this team in future games” commented Reuel D’Souza of the 20U Men’s National Team.

Canada will take on Hungary tomorrow at 7:20 pm local / 1:20 pm ET as they move to 2-1-0 record. Live stream is available via the Water Polo Serbia Facebook page.



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