Juniors: World U20 Championship: Greece and Croatia clash for gold

Croatia and Greece will clash in the final game of the 19th World Men’s Junior Championship in Belgrade tomorrow. Fans saw two exciting semifinal matches in the “Milan Gale Muskatirovic” pool today. Croatia beat Hungary (5:4), while Greece defeated Serbia, the hosts and the gold medal winners from the previous championship 9:8.The match Greece – Croatia will start at 20:00. Serbia and Hungary will face in the match for the third place (18:40)

Thriller semifinals


The first semifinal game saw a low-scoring encounter between Hungary, which won bronze two years ago, and Croatia. Hungary led 1:0 and 2:1 in the opening minutes, but after the first quarter, the Croats had a minimal lead, thanks to Duzevic’s goal, two seconds before the first 2-minute rest. In the second half, the defences were dominant, and only one goal was seen (Paparic for 4:2).

Both teams played on the same way in the third period too. Both didn’t manage to find a way for good shots and true chances for goals. But, in the last minute of the period, Hungary came back. The Hungarians netted twice for 4:4 (0:50 and 0:05 on the clock) and the last period was a new start.
Rino Buric was the man of the match. He netted twice (both with an extra-man) in the finish of the game (2:22 and 0:48 on the clock), for a 6:4 victory and for sad faces of a lot of Hungarians in the stands.

Besides Buric, Duzevic scored two goals for Croatia. In the team of Hungary four players netted once each. Among them wasn’t the best scorer of Kristzian Manhercz. Croatia found a way to shut him.

Throughout the first half of the second semifinal Serbia – Greece, the score was moving “click-clack”. The Greeks were taking a one goal lead, but Serbia was answering and was setting result to equal. It was until the last minute. 24 seconds before the end Troulos scored for 7:5. But, in the last second, while a buzzer for the end of the 2nd quarter was beeping, Radojevic hit the target for 7:6.

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