Croatia has won the gold medal in the men’s water polo at the FINA World Championships, coming from behind to defeat Hungary 9-8 in extra time.
In a classic final, Croatia trailed the Olympic champions by two late in the game, but some cracking goals combined with some brilliant saves from Croatian goalkeeper Frano Vican took the match into extra time.
Croatia and Hungary both scored goals in the second half, but it was Pavo Markovic’s shot with 1:34 on the clock in the second half of ET which sealed the gold medal.
Hungary had held a 2-1 lead after scoring the final two goals of the first quarter, but Croatia took the lead by half-time with three goals to one in the second term. The match turned again in the third, with Hungary scoring three goals, Croatia one, and it was 6-5 with a quarter remaining.
Gergely Kiss made it 7-5, but Croatia was not to be denied, responding with great goals from Teo Dogas and Maro Jokovic to level things up and force extra time. Vican was the true hero though, stepping up with two saves late in regulation, when one on one with attacking Hungarian players.