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(E) Croatia downs everybody at water polo Olympic qualifier
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  01/29/2004 | Sports | Unrated
(E) Croatia downs everybody at water polo Olympic qualifier

 

Croatia leading by beating:

 Germany, Romania, Poland, Canada & Puerto Rico

Croatia's Tihomil Vranjes (R) prepares to shoot against Romania's Adrian Cretu during their match at the FINA Men's Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, January 25, 2004. The three top teams qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Croatia defeated Romania 7-5. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes


Croatia's Tihomil Vranjes (3) struggles for the ball with Germany's Soeren Mackeben (12) during their match at the FINA Men's Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, January 26, 2004. The three top teams qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Croatia defeated Germany, 3-2. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Croatia's Ratko Stritof (top) prepares to shoot as he is pressured by Puerto Rico's William Rodriguez (2) during their match at the FINA Men's Water Polo Olympic Games (news -web sites) Qualification Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, January 29, 2004. The three top teams qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

A stroll on the Copacabana beach could not have possibly been more relaxant than this match to the Croatian players, who shoot and scored at will. The enormous difference between the respective technical levels of the two teams was exactly reflected by both this match score and the Preliminary Round final standings. Croatia stands at 10 points (5 wins), Puerto Rico at 0 points (5 losses). Top scorers of the match were Smodlaka and Barac, with 4 goals each.

CROATIA: Vican (GK), Buric, Vranjes 2, Simenc 2, Volarevic (GK), Stritof 1, Smodlaka 4, Milakovic, Frankovic 2, Barac 4, Hinic 2, Fatovic 1, Kobescak. Coaches: Roje, Segvic (A).
PUERTO RICO: Huntley (GK), Rodriguez, Puig, Castillo, Rivera 1, Betancourt, Gascot, Gonzalez, Pereles, Muniz, Ortiz, Rosa, Mujica. Coaches: Blay, Vargas (A).
REFEREES: Andrei Afanasiev (RUS), Hector Valcarce (ARG).

AQUATICS EVENTS
ATHENS 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES
AUGUST 13 - 29, 2004

Olympic Games Men’s Qualification Tournament Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
January 25 - February 1, 2004
  

Please note that the first three (3) ranked teams will be qualified for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Men's Water Polo Tournament.

The draw for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Men’s Water Polo competition will take place on the 21st February 2004 in Athens (GRE)
...more
  

GROUP A

GROUP B

A1. CROATIA

B1. BRAZIL

A2. GERMANY

B2. withdrawal

A3. CANADA

B3. RUSSIA

A4. POLAND

B4. SLOVAKIA

A5. PUERTO RICO

B5. NETHERLANDS

A6. ROMANIA

B6. ARGENTINA

  

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Date

Day

 

Game

Time

RESULTS

REPORTS

25.01.04

Sunday

1

RUS vs SVK - Live TV

09:00

11-7 RUS-SVK

 

 

2

BRA vs ARG - Live TV

10:30

9-2 BRA-ARG

 

 

3

CRO vs ROM

12:00

7-5 CRO-ROM

 

 

4

CAN vs POL

16:00

8-4 CAN-POL

 

 

5

GER vs PUR

17:30

13-3 GER-PUR

26.01.04

Monday

6

ROM vs POL - Live TV

09:00

9-3 ROM-POL

 

 

7

CRO vs GER – Live TV

10:30

3-2 CRO-GER

 

 

8

PUR vs CAN

12:00

5-9 PUR-CAN

 

 

9

ARG vs SVK – Live TV

16:00

 

 

10

NED vs RUS - Live TV

17:30

27.01.04

Tuesday

11

GER vs ROM - Live TV

09:00

 

 

12

CAN vs CRO – Live TV

10:30

 

 

13

POL vs PUR

12:00

 

 

14

SVK vs NED – Live TV

16:00

 

 

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