CANADA : SERBIA (2:5, 2:6, 0:4, 1:5).
CANADA: Aleksić, Patterson, Djerković, Constantin-Biecari 1, Halajian, Torakis, Spooner, Cote, Gardijan, Soleimanipak, Blanchard, d’Souza 4, Radenović.
SERBIA: G. Pijetlović, Mandić 3, Rašović 2, Ranđelović 2, Ćuk 2, D. Pijetlović 2, Vico, Aleksić 2, Jakšić 2, Filipović 3, Prlainović 2, Drašović, B. Mitrović.
Current Olympic and European champions, Serbia, proved the role of favorites in the last quarterfinal of the day against Canada and won 20:5. In the semifinal host country will play against Australia that was better than Hungary.
Coach Dejan Savić´s players played in the familiar style and after 2:2 at the beginning made the serie of 5:0 that proved enough to break Canada´s resistance.
North American team didn´t know where the biggest treat lies because eight Serbian players scored. On the other side d´Souza scored three out of four goals of his team.
Third quarter was like the first two. Even worse for Canada because they didn´t score a single goal and Serbia did it four times.
Spectators at the Tašmajdan stadium could enjoy play of their team that will now face Australi in the semifinal.
Vladimir Vujasinović, Serbian assistant coach, is aware that the Dolphins are the favorites in the semis:
– Difference between the teams is huge. We were supposed to play good from the start so we could allocate the strength because we expect two difficult matches tomorrow and the day after. About Australia, I have to say that we are well aware with their quality. We trained with them when we prepared for the World League Superfinal and we played against them in the group. We know how we have to play and need to play our best to qualify for the finals.
Canada coach, Pino Porzio was not too disappointed after the defeat:
– We knew that Serbia is a better team than us. It was good that we played against the best in the world so this players can have a chance to play at this level. We tried to do what was needed to reduce the score, but their defense is too strong. Our goal was to qualify for the tournament which doesn´t mean that we don´t have an important game in front of us tomorrow. I am happy for the challenge we have until the end of the tournament.
Filip Filipović pointed out that his team is ready for the semifinals:
– It doesn´t matter who will play against in the semifinal, because when we play in Belgrade and Serbia we are the once who decide. Only thing important is to be on our level and concentrated. Australia will give their best to beat us in the rematch, but the faith is our hands.