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Canada qualifies for semis after 13-11 win over Mexico at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games
Photo Credit: Dave Holland/Team Canada

(Lima, Peru – August 8, 2019) – The Canadian men’s water polo team has earned a spot in the semi-finals after a 13-11 win over Mexico at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. The Canadians will meet with the Brazilians Friday night at 18:00 for a spot in the gold medal game.

In a back and forth affair, it all came down to the fourth quarter for the Canadians. With the scoreboard showing a 10-10 tie at the end of the third, the Canadian men kicked into high gear in the final eight minutes. Gaelan Patterson found the back of the net on the first Canadian attack to put Canada in front 11-10. Matthew Halajian netted one moments later just to see Patterson tallied his second of the day to give the red and white a 13-10 advantage halfway through the fourth period. Mexico converted a penalty shot at 2:58, but the Canadian defence, led by goalkeeper Milan Radenovic, shut down the Mexicans’ attacks to record the 13-11 win.

“We didn’t show the true quality of our team in the game today, although we got the result we wanted we didn’t do so in a way that reflects the capacity of our team. I’m happy we were able to come together for a strong showing to finish the game, we did a good job of recovering the situation and earning the win. Looking ahead to the next game, we all know what is at stake and I think the key tomorrow will be taking each possession as it comes.” said Reuel D’Souza after the game.

Nicolas Constantin-Bicari and Reuel D’Souza each scored four goals in the game to help Canada match the Mexico’s efforts in the first half. Jérémie Côté also put one on the scoreboard for the Canadians.

The Canadian men will face Brazil in the semi-final tomorrow at 18:00 local time / 19:00 ET. USA vs. Argentina will be the second semi-final at 19:30 local time / 20:30 ET. The winning teams will move on to the Gold Medal game and one step closer to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Live results and play by play are available at .

Canada 13 – 11 Mexico (4-4, 3-4, 3-2, 3-1)

Milan Radenovic, Gaelan Patterson (2), Jérémie Blanchard, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari (4), Matthew Halajian (2), George Torakis, Jérémie Côté (1), Mark Spooner, Aleksa Gardijan, Aria Soleimanipak, Reuel D'Souza (4).



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