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World League Super Final: Canada loses to Serbia in quarterfinals

(Belgrade, Serbia, June 21, 2019) – The Canadian men fell to Serbia on the fourth day of competition at World League Super Final in Belgrade. The Serbians had an impressive 3-0 record coming into this match, and the local heroes put on another great performance to record a 20-5 win against Canada.

The young Canadian squad matched the opponent’s efforts in the opening minutes of the game and tied the score 2-2 halfway through the first quarter. However, Serbia scored three more goals to take a 5-2 lead at the end of the period. The Serbian offence found its rhythm at the beginning of the second quarter and kept the same pace through the next period to show a 15-4 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Serbia added five goals in the fourth quarter to record a 20-5 win and move on to the semi-finals. Canada’s Reuel D’Souza had another strong showing, scoring four goals to bring his total to 12 in the tournament.

Despite the loss, Coach Porzio thinks it is vital for his athletes to measure themselves against the best: “We know there is a big gap between our teams at the moment, but for our squad, it’s a good experience to play against one of the best teams in the world in Belgrade.”

“It was a fun experience to play in front of this crowd tonight. The Serbians have a lot of experience, and it showed in the score. The result is not what we wanted, but to play against the best teams is good preparation for our next games,” said Jérémie Blanchard of the men’s national team.

Canada will face Hungary tomorrow, June 22, at 10:00 am local time // 4:00 am 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 – 20 SERBIA (2-5, 2-6, 0-4, 1-5)

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



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