After conceding the first goal of the game to hosts Brazil on a breakaway Tuesday night in Rio, the Croatian water polo team put their foot on the gas and never let off in a 10-6 quarterfinal victory. The first quarter would end 3-2 in favor of the Croatians with the Barracudas adding more fuel to the fire in the second; winning the quarter 4-1. The 4-goal lead gave Croatia plenty of breathing room as Xavier Garcia and Maro Joković each scored three goals. Garcia is Spanish-born and played water polo for the Spanish national team until they dropped him in 2013. Since then, he obtained Croatian citizenship and now plays in a checkered cap.
With the win, Croatia now face Montenegro in the Olympic semifinal Thursday night. The other side of the draw will see Italy take on Serbia.
Yes yes they are the favorite Croatia are better
Slight favorites. We beat them in group play on a goal with 8 seconds left in the match. They are very strong and are probably the third best team behind Croats/Serbs. Loser here probably goes on to win bronze.
Are we favoured to beat Montenegro ?