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Croatia continue water polo run

Croatia's Mile Smodlaka fights for the ball
Croatia are regarded as the favourites for the men's title

Number one seeds Croatia made it three wins from three in the men's water polo competition with a 13-5 thrashing of Germany in the Yingdong Natatorium.

Damir Buric scored three goals and four others added two each as Croatia scored on every power play.

"Croatia is, at the moment, the favourite for the final," said Germany coach Hagen Stamm.

Elsewhere, Canadian coach Dragan Jovanovic was ejected as his side lost 8-5 to Australia.

Jovanovic received a red card in the third quarter for arguing a call with the referees and was eventually escorted from the pool area.

He will not be allowed to coach in Saturday's match against Greece.

"Honestly, I don't care," said Jovanovic, whose team have yet to record a win from their three games.

"I'm going to prepare the team the next couple of days for the game against Greece, but execution is coming from the players in the water."

In other Group B matches, Italy claimed their first win of the tournament with a 19-7 victory over winless China.

Serbia defeated the United States 4-2 to join them on two wins.

The Americans had plenty of chances to pull off an upset but were only two from 27 on their shooting.

Montenegro remain top of Group A thanks to a 10-6 victory over Greece.

Hungary, the Olympic champions in 2000 and 2004, are also on five points after they beat Spain 8-5.

The winners of each group qualify for the semi-finals, with the teams finishing in second and third playing for place in the last four.

see also
Hungary earn late water polo draw
10 Aug 08 |  Swimming
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