sabato 30 agosto 2014

European Men's Junior Championships U19 Tbilisi (GEO): Hungary-Serbia final yet again

© Richard Schönebeck
Hungary and Serbia will again meet for a men's major gold medal, this time however in the junior category. Both teams won their respective semi-final clashes at the U19 European Junior Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia on Friday to now play for the championship on Sunday. Serbia came out firing against Croatia establishing a 3-0 lead quarter time, not losing a quarter as the Vladimir Vujasinovic coached side recorded a 10-5 victory. Hungary had a tougher job to complete, especially after Italytook a 1-2 lead in the opening period but a storming comeback in the final session secured a stunner as Hungary won 9-8 setting up a final agains the well-known opponents from Serbia. Several classification matches will be played on Saturday before the powerhouses take center stage on Sunday to determine the medallists for these championships in the Georgian capital. On senior level the teams from both countries previously met in the gold medal finals of the FINA World League Super Final in Dubai, the European Championships in Budapest and most recently the FINA World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan. All match-ups were won by Serbia. 

2014 European Men's Junior Championships
19 & under

Tbilisi, Georgia

24-31 August

Schedule and results

Friday, 29 August - semi-final round

Greece vs. Spain 8-6 (3-2, 1-3, 3-0, 1-1)
Montenegro vs. Netherlands 13-12 (3-1, 2-3, 4-5, 4-3)

Serbia vs. Croatia 10-5 (3-0, 2-1, 2-1, 3-2)
Hungary vs. Italy 9-8 (1-2, 2-3, 2-2, 4-1)

Saturday, 30 August

13.00: Slovakia vs. Georgia - (15th/16th place)
14.40: Ukraine vs. Germany - (13th/14th place)
16.20: France vs. Turkey - (11th/12th place)
18.00: Romania vs. Russia - (9th/10th place)

Sunday, 31 August - final day

13.00 (11.00 cet): Spain vs. Netherlands - (7th/8th place)
14.40 (12.40 cet): Montenegro vs. Greece - (5th/6th place)
16.20 (14.20 cet): Croatia vs. Italia - (3rd/4th place)
18.00 (16.00 cet): Serbia vs. Hungary - (1st/2nd place)

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