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World League Super Final: Canada to play for 7th place after a loss to Hungary

(Belgrade, Serbia, June 22, 2019) – The Canadian men will now play for seventh place after losing to Hungary earlier today at the 2019 FINA World League Super Final in Belgrade. Canada and Hungary were neck and neck in the first half, with the Hungarians taking a slight advantage at halftime. However, Hungary capitalized on its opportunity in the second half to claim a 15-8 win.

After defeating Hungary in the first game of the tournament, the Canadians were confident coming into this rematch. Hungary was first on the board, but two goals from Aleksa Gardijan helped Canada take a 2-1 lead. The Hungarians answered back with two goals of their own, but Reuel D’Souza tallied one to even the score 3-3. Hungary scored on the power play to show a 4-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

D’Souza converted two penalty shots in the opening minutes of the second quarter to bring the score to 5-5. Hungary scored two quick goals to take the lead, but Matthew Halajian netted one to put Canada within one (7-6). The Hungarian squad added one goal on the power play to regain a two-goal advantage (8-6) at halftime.

Hungary came out strong in the second half, taking advantage of every opportunity on offence. Nicolas Constantin-Bicari and Matthew Halajian each tallied one, but the Hungarian squad outscored the Canadians 7-2 to record the 15-8 win.

“We were pretty good for two quarters, but towards the end, we were not able to match the intensity of the Hungarians. Our biggest challenges today were on man-up and man-down situations, and it gave Hungary an edge,” said Head Coach Pino Porzio after the game.

Canada will face Kazakhstan in the seventh-place match tomorrow, June 23, 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.

HUNGARY15 – 8 CANADA (4-3, 4-3, 3-1, 4-1)

Aleksic, Patterson, Djerkovic, Constantin-Bicari (1), Halajian (2), Torakis, Spooner, Côté, Gardijan (2), Soleimani, Blanchard, D’Souza (3), Radenovic.



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