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World League Super Final: Canada to face Serbia after loss to Spain in last match of round robin

(Belgrade, Serbia, June 20, 2019) – The Canadian men lost against Spain in their last match of the preliminary round at the World League Super Final in Belgrade, Serbia. Canada matched Spain’s efforts most of the game, but the Spaniards had a strong fourth quarter to earn a 12-5 win. With this result, Canada finishes fourth in Group A and will face Serbia (1st Group B) tomorrow in the quarterfinals.

Canada had an impressive start; Reuel D’Souza scored two quick goals to give his team a 2-0 lead. Spain answered back halfway through the period to bring the score to 2-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Canadian men were excellent on defence in the second quarter, limiting the Spaniards to only one goal. Canada’s Nicolas Constantin-Bicari found the back of the net to tie the score 3-3 at halftime.

Spain came out strong in the third quarter, scoring three quick goals to take a 6-3 lead. Canada’s D’Souza netted his third and fourth goal of the game to bring his team within one. Spain added one more goal on the power play to take a 7-5 lead at the end of the third period. The Canadian men tried to create something offensively in the fourth quarter, but the Spaniards limited the chances for Canada. At the other end of the pool, Spain added five more goals to record a 12-5 win.

“We fought hard early on in the game, and we played three good quarters. We had trouble midway through the third quarter, and Spain was able to turn this into a few counter-attack goals that made it difficult for us to come back,” said Reuel D’Souza of the men’s national team.

“We played well in the first two quarters, but we missed a lot of chances in the second half. I liked the way we played on defence for the majority of the game. Unfortunately, we made some mistakes, and Spain was able to capitalize on their own opportunities.” indicated Pino Porzio, Men’s national team Head Coach.

Canada will face Serbia tomorrow, June 20, at 21:00 local time // 15:00 Eastern time. Live stream is available via FINA TV (subscription required). A total of eight teams compete in this week’s Super Final in the hopes of capturing the gold medal and qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

CANADA 5 - 12 SPAIN (2-2, 1-1, 2-4, 0-5)

Aleksic, Patterson, Djerkovic, Constantin-Bicari (1), Halajian, Torakis, Spooner, Côté, Gardijan, Soleimani, Blanchard, D’Souza (4), Radenovic.



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