Montenegro wins over Hungary too — and Montenegro (vs.) Serbia: “Every game against Montenegro is very stressful and very emotional.”

2 Aug

How did I never notice what a wildly cool game Water Polo was?  I thought it was like underwater soccer or basketball where you can’t really grab or certainly not tackle an opponent.  Turns out it’s more like a kind of underwater rubgy…it’s become one of my favorite events.

Adam Steinmetz, left, of Hungary is pulled down by Antonio Petrovic of Montenegro during a preliminary men’s water polo match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Peter Biros, right, of Hungary defends against Mladan Janovic of Montenegro during a preliminary men’s water polo match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Hungary Facing Rare Trouble in Olympic Water Pol0

And Serbia vs. Montenegro was painful; poetry and beauty in that they tied though, but in the end…whatever it is, it’ll be a great match, like this was:

Montenegro’s Nikola Janovic (behind) and Serbia’s Andrija Prlainovic react during their men’s preliminary round Group B water polo match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Water Polo Arena August 2, 2012.

By Sarah Young

LONDON | Thu Aug 2, 2012 12:20pm EDT

(Reuters) – Water polo teams from Serbia and Montenegro said it remains emotionally difficult to face each other six years after the two countries separated following an 11-11 group stage draw between the two powerhouses of the sport.

“Since we separated, every time when we play against Montenegro it’s one of the most emotional games,” 25-year-old Filip Filipovic, who scored two goals for Serbia, said after the match.

“Because we were until yesterday, if I can say it, in the same room, and now we need to compete for who is going to be better, and there is very big loyalty between us. Every game against Montenegro is very stressful and very emotional.”

Both teams are medal contenders with Serbia edging Montenegro for the favorite spot, having beaten their former countrymen in the European championships final in January to take the title.

Montenegro’s captain Nikola Janovic agreed that playing Serbia caused heartache.

“We are from the same school. We know each other. It’s very difficult to play against Serbia,” he said.

Serbia failed to hold on to a two-goal lead in the final quarter, with Montenegro, cheered on by their Prime Minister Igor Luksic, catching up in the last two minutes of the grueling tussle.

Filipovic praised a stunning five-goal haul by Serbia’s Andrija Prlainovic.

“We don’t need to spend words. He’s one of the best players all the time,” he said.

Serbia, who took bronze in Beijing in 2008, are chasing their first Olympic gold after four years of winning every other big water polo title.

An Olympic medal for Montenegro would be the country’s first in any discipline.

Serbia now top Group B, the so-called “group of death” as it features the best four teams from Beijing while Montenegro are third.

There are two groups of six teams in men’s water polo with the top four in each advancing to the knockout stages.

 

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