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Italy and Croatia impress - London 2012 - Water Polo

Italy and Croatia impress - London 2012 - Water Polo
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04/08/2012

Italy booked their place in the quarter-finals of the men's Water Polo competition with a 9-6 win over Kazakhstan, while Croatia continued their 100 per cent record.

The reigning world champions currently lie third in Group A with one match to play, but they now know they will qualify in either second or third.

Pietro Figlioli, Valentino Gallo, Christian Presciutti and Danijel Premus each scored a brace for the Italians in their win.

Croatia were too strong for Australia, easing to an 11-6 win - Maro Jokovic scoring a hat-trick for the winners.

Montenegro overcame Romania 12-8 in a hard-fought battle, Aleksandar Ivovic weighing in with a superb hat-trick.

Spain edged past Greece 11-9 to hold on to second place in their preliminary group with one match to play.

The 1996 Atlanta champions are guaranteed to qualify for the quarter-finals, but a higher group ranking could set up a more comfortable game for them.

Blai Mallarach, Felipe Perrone and Albert Espanol were all on target with a brace for Spain.

Serbia beat the USA 11-6 - although both teams are guaranteed a place in the quarter finals - while Hungary ran out 17-6 winners against Great Britain.

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