Russell McKinnon, FINA Media Committee

Kuwait City, Kuwait, December 17.— Japan's Yusuke Inaba produced a magical finish to a second-round match on the sixth day of the FINA World Men’s Junior Water Polo Championships at the Al-Nasar Sport Club Kuwait.

In matches to decide who goes to the quarter-finals, Japan was playing Australia and led 8-3 at halftime and 10-6 at the final break. However, Australia  brought the match level with 2.3 seconds left. Japan called a timeout and the result was an Inaba shot from halfway that deflected off someone in the crowded goalmouth and into the back of the net for the winner. 

In other top-tier matches, Croatia was the first through, beating New Zealand 15-6 to book a match-up with Spain. Montenegro upset the most medalled country, Hungary, 15-13, leading for the whole match and having led 11-7 at one stage. Hungary won the final quarter 5-3, but it was not enough. Montenegro will play Serbia for a semifinal berth and Hungary will now play New Zealand in the 9-12 semifinals. United States of America beat Canada 12-6 and will now meet reigning champion Greece. USA virtually had the match sewn up at halftime when 8-4 ahead.

In the second-round matches to decide classifications 13-20, China started the day with an 18-10 win over Uzbekistan, Beiyi Wang (CHN) best in water with four goals. South Africa scored the only goal of the last quarter to beat Brazil 7-6, a match in which the goalkeepers decided the low scoring. Egypt went 4-0 in the second quarter to leave Iran chasing for long periods before winning 11-7. Russia earned a shot at China in the round 13-16 semifinals with a 17-7 margin against host Kuwait, coming from 10-4 at halftime.

Tuesday Schedule:

Match 41, 09:30, 4A CHINA 18 5D UZBEKISTAN 10
Match 43, 10:50, 5A SOUTH AFRICA 7 4D BRAZIL 6
Match 44, 12:10, 5B EGYPT 11 4C IRAN 7
Match 45, 13:30, 2A CROATIA 15 3D NEW ZEALAND 6
Match 42, 14:50, 4B RUSSIA 17 v 5C KUWAIT 7
Match 46, 16:10, 2B HUNGARY 14 3C MONTENEGRO 15
Match 47, 17:30, 3A JAPAN 11 v 2D AUSTRALIA 10
Match 48, 18:50, 3B CANADA 6 v 2C UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 12

Wednesday Schedule:

Match 50, 08:00, W41 CHINA v W42 RUSSIA
Match 51, 09:20, L43 BRAZIL L44 IRAN
Match 52, 10:40, W43 SOUTH AFRICA W44 EGYPT
Match 53, 12:00, L45 NEW ZEALAND L46 HUNGARY
Match 54, 13:20, L47 AUSTRALIA L48 CANADA
Match 49, 14:40, L41 UZBEKISTAN v L42 KUWAIT 
Match 55, 16:00, 1A SERBIA W46 MONTENEGRO
Match 56, 17:20, 1B SPAIN W45 CROATIA
Match 57, 18:40, 1C ITALY W47 JAPAN