Match 23, Men 18:30, 18.07.03
RUSSIA 10 BRAZIL 3
Quarters: 3-1, 2-1, 2-1, 3-0
Referees: Michael McNeill (AUS), Zoran Tomic (CRO)
RUSSIA: Nicolay Maksimov, Yury Iatsev, Alexander Fedorov, Nikolay Kozlov, Roman Balashov (1), Alexander Eryshov (1), Revaz Tchomakhidze, Dmitri Stratan (3), Dmitri Gorchkov, Marat Zakirov (2), Sergey Garbuzov (1), Irek Zinnourov (1), Andrey Reketchinski (1)
Coach: Alexander Kabanov
BRAZIL: Andre Cordeiro, Vincente Henriques, Leandro Machado, Erik Seegerer, Felipe Perrone, Roberto Seabra (2), Gabriel Reis, Fabio Cihdiquimo, Yansel Galindo, Andre Raposo, Rodrigo Santos, Alexandre Lopez, Daniel Mameri (1)
Coach: Carlos Carvalho
Russia was never going to lose this game but it did strike a speed bump in the form a defiant Brazil. Dmitri Stratan had Russia ahead early and Robert Seabra (BRA) replied at 2:44. However, two more Russian goals had them ahead 3-1 at the quarter. Daniel Mameri slammed one in from centre forward for Brazil in the second but Marat Zakirov and Stratan had the score at 5-2 by the turn. Alexander Eryshov converted a penalty but Seabra nailed a shot from the top late in the third for 6-3. Zakirov scored his second from an excellent cross pass 12 seconds from the hooter for 7-3. Stratan gained a third in the fourth period, driving to the centre and receiving the ball on the hand. He dropped it but it was swatted back to him by a team-mate and he converted. Two more goals late in the period blew the game out to 10-3.
Match 24, Men 19:45, 18.07.03
SPAIN 10 SLOVAKIA 5
Quarters: 2-1, 2-0, 4-1, 2-3
Referees: Boris Margeta (SLO), Peter Bookelman (NED)
SPAIN: Angel Luis Andreo, Jesus Rollan, Sergi Pedrerol (1), Gustavo Marcos, Guillermo Molina, Xavier Garcia, Gabriel Hernandez (3), Ivan Moro (1), Daniel Ballart (1), Salvador Gomez (1), Ivan Perez, Javier Sanchez-Toril (3), Daniel Moro
Coach: Juan Jane
SLOVAKIA: Michal Gogola, Peter Nizny, Juraj Zatovic (1), Jozef Hrosik (3), Peter Veszelits (1), Robert Kaid, Karol Baco, Milan Cipov, Martin Mravik, Michal Gergely, Tomas Bruder, Gejza Gyurcsy, Michal Hruska
Coach: Ondrej Gajdac
Spain didn't disappoint the 3000-strong crowd with a strong victory over Slovakia. Salvador Gomez opened on deep right-hand catch at 5:15, Slovakian captain Peter Veszelits was left alone on one post and scored at 2:06 but Ivan Moro sent in a screamer from the top on the next attack for 2-1 at the break. Gabriel Hernandez from the top on a cross pass and Javier Sanchez-Toril with a backhand from two metres, had Spain 4-1 up by 1:49 of the second. Hernandez struck again and Josef Hrosik replied on extra for Slovakia. Hernandez added a third on counter and after a Spanish timeout, Sanchez-Toril swept in his second just after the extra time was up. He repeated the dose with five seconds left for 8-2. Slovakia took a timeout and converted through Juraj Zatovic and a minute later Hrosik sent in one from right-hand catch for 8-4. Spain called a timeout on extra and Sergi Pedrerol received a cross pass on two metres to convert but on the next attack Hrosik scored from two metres for 9-5. Daniel Ballart lobbed a goal for 10-5 at 0:30.
Final men's points:
Group A: HUN 5 (+14), CRO 5 (+13), ROM 2 (0), CAN 0 (-27).
Group B: USA 5 (+16), SER/MON 3 (+1), AUS 2 (+1), JPN 0 (-18).
Group C: ITA 6 (+20), GER 4 (+5), GRE 2 (+8), CHN 0 (-32).
Group D: ESP 6 (+14), RUS 4 (+8), SVK 2 (-5), BRA 0 (-17).