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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Hungary, Serbia & Montenegro advance to men's water polo final

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posted on Aug, 27 2004 @ 03:10 PM
Athens, Greece (Sports Network) - Hungary will get a chance to defend its Olympic title. Serbia & Montenegro will get a chance to win its first in 16 years.

Both countries advanced to the men's water polo final with semifinals victories on Friday. Hungary, gold medal winner at Sydney in 2000, earned a right to defend its title with a 7-5 victory over Russia in the day's first semifinal.

Serbia & Montenegro, gold medal winner as Yugoslavia in 1988, used a stifling defense to beat host Greece, 7-3, and send thousands of local fans unhappily home. The only goals allowed by Serbia & Montenegro were in man-down situations, of which they faced 13 in the match.

The Hungary-Russia matchup, a replay of the 2000 Olympic final, was even until the third quarter when Russia lost Revaz Chomakhidze to three fouls.

The Hungarians took advantage with a pair of goals for the final margin. Tamas Kasas led Hungary with three goals, while Serguey Garbouzov paced Russia with two.

"This was the hardest game for us in this tournament," Hungary's Barnabas Steinmetz said. "The gold medal is very close to us. We have a fifty percent chance."

Russia and Greece will meet in the bronze medal match, which will be played before the gold medal game on Sunday.


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