Game 1: Hungary 13, Serbia 13
Hungary had a chance to give gold medal favorites Serbia an early loss in the opening game of the men’s water polo tournament, but four goals by Serbia in the final quarter, including one with just four seconds remaining helped them match Hungary’s goal totals to finish in a 13-13 tie.
Hungary jumped out to an early lead, and were up by at least one or two goals throughout the first three quarters. They went into halftime leading 9-6.
Serbia switched goalies to start the second half, putting in Gojko Pijetlovic, who promptly stopped six of eight shots in the third quarter to help Serbia stay in the match.
Down 9-6 heading into the fourth quarter, Serbia scored in the first minute to pull within a goal. After allowing a goal, Serbia scored twice to tie the game at 12 goals a piece. It was the first tie in the game since three minutes remained in the first. Hungary’s Marton Vamos scored with just over two minutes remaining to give his team the lead, but Serbian superstar got the ball in front of the goal with less than 10 seconds remaining, and after several jukes was able to put it in the goal with the clock reading 0:04.
Filip Filipovic finished with three goals. Norbert Hosnyánszky also had three goals for Hungary.
Serbia came into the game as the gold medal favorites after winning the 2015 World Championships. Though Hungary is historically very good in the pool, their squad missed a medal in the last Olympics and lost in the quarterfinals of the last World Championships.