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Belgrade 2017 – Day 7: Canada to play for 9th place after a convincing win against China

(Belgrade, Serbia, August 11 2017) – Canada was hoping to bounce back after a tough loss against the United States. The Canadian Men sure look determined entering into Friday’s match, taking the advantage over their Chinese opponents early in the game. Canada maintained the intensity throughout the match to earn a 17-4 victory.

The Canadian Men took the lead thirty seconds into the game when Reuel D’Souza found the back of the net. Aria Soleimani and Felix Poliseno added two goals for Canada, just to see China score two. That would be the closest China would get, Aleksa Gardijan, Soleimani and D’Souza all scored before the end of the first quarter to take a 6-2 lead.

Canada had a strong second quarter adding four more goals to their lead. Soleimani scored his third of the game at 7:14 just to see Gareth Jones, Benjamin Lemay-Lavoie and Jérémie Blanchard put their names on the scoresheet and give Canada a 10-2 lead heading into the second half.

In the third quarter, Canada kept going adding four more goals. Bogdan Djerkovic scored in the first 30 seconds of the half. Three minutes later, Gardijan netted his second of the game. China answered back with a third goal (12-3). Soleimani scored twice to put his total at five and give the Canadian squad a 14-3 lead.

With a comfortable lead, Canada continue to push forward. Jones and Blanchard both scored their second of the day. Jérémie Côté also netted one meaning ten different players scored for Canada. China would add one more goal before the end of the game to put the final score at 17-4. In the end, the Canadian Men were able to capitalize on their opportunities in this game, being 6/8 with an extra-man.

“Despite a tough loss yesterday, we managed to bounce back today. We took control of the game in the first minutes. The team feels good after this win, we are confident and determined to go get this 9th place tomorrow” commented Jérémie Blanchard of the 20U men’s national team.

With this win, Canada moves on to play for the 9th place tomorrow (August 12). The Canadian Men will face Russia who defeated Australia 11-8 earlier today. The game is scheduled at 2:40 pm local/8:40 am ET. Follow Water Polo Canada on Twitter for live updates.

Photo Credit : FINA 


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