Montenegro fought hard to eliminate Japan from the top eight, winning 10-9 in a thriller that had Japan ahead five times in their Margaret Island crossover clash in Budapest. Croatia was untroubled in downing Georgia 13-7 after leading 7-4 at halftime. Montenegro will play Spain and Croatia will clash with Serbia in the quarter-finals. Japan and Georgia now travel to Szeged for the Round 9-12 play-offs.
Germany tumbled Brazil with two late goals to win their men’s water polo Round 13-15 semifinal 10-9 in Szeged. As Canada was forced to withdraw through Covid issues last week, Kazakhstan automatically advances to Wednesday’s clash with Germany for 13th classification and Brazil finishes 15th.