Russell McKinnon, FINA Media Committee

It is the second day of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at the new Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait.

In Group A — the last two matches of the day — China overcame the front-running South Africa 14-13 in the most exciting match of the tournament. The match was levelled an incredible eight times with China having to come back six of them. Todd Howard scored five for the South Africans, but it wasn't enough for victory. Serbia outplayed Japan 13-7, scoring the last six goals after it was tied at 7-7 just before the final break. Dorde Vucinic turned the match with three of those final goals in his tally of four — the same as team-mate Andrej Barac.

In Group B, Spain won for the second time, beating a somewhat demure Egypt 18-4, with Victor Alegre netting four goals. Canada also made it two wins, fending off Russia 12-10, thanks to goalkeeper Brody McKnight who was just brilliant. Ivan Vasilev did his best for Russia with six successive goals in the middle of the match to keep his team in the contest.

In Group C, Montenegro was far too good for host nation Kuwait, winning 42-7 with Petar Mijuskovic netting 10 goals. United States of America had a similar romp, besting Iran 27-4 with the goals spread around the team.

In Group D, Greece went two from two, downing New Zealand 14-5 with superior play, despite the attentions of Kiwi goalkeeper Bae Fountain, who made 15 fantastic saves. Brazil made its first appearance and closed a 23-6 winner over Uzbekistan to leapfrog into second place in the group. Centre forward Nicholas Fichman was on fire with five goals from two metres.

Progress points:
Group A: Croatia 2, Serbia 2, Japan 2, China 2, South Africa 0.
Group B: Spain 4, Canada 4, Hungary 0, Egypt 0.
Group C: Montenegro 2, USA 2, Iran 2, Italy 2, Kuwait 0.
Group D: Greece 4, Brazil 2, New Zealand 2, Australia 0, Uzbekistan 0.

Friday Schedule:
Match 9, 08:30, Group B, EGYPT 4 SPAIN 18
Match 10, 9:50, Group B, RUSSIA 10 CANADA 12
Match 13, 13:30, Group D, NEW ZEALAND 5 GREECE 14
Match 12, 14:50, Group C, MONTENEGRO 42 KUWAIT 7
Match 11, 16:10, Group C, IRAN 4 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 27
Match 14, 17:30, Group D, BRAZIL 23 UZBEKISTAN 6
Match 15, 18:50, Group A, CHINA 14 SOUTH AFRICA 13
Match 16, 20:10, Group A, SERBIA 13 JAPAN 7 

Saturday Schedule:
Match 17, 09:30, Group C, ITALY IRAN
Match 23, 10:50, Group B, HUNGARY EGYPT
Match 19, 12:10, Group D, AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND
Match 20, 13:30, Group D, GREECE BRAZIL
Match 21, 14:50, Group A, CROATIA CHINA
Match 22, 16:10, Group A, SOUTH AFRICA SERBIA
Match 24, 18:50, Group B, SPAIN RUSSIA