Baku, June 14, AZERTAC
Russia overpowered Ukraine to make an impressive start in the men's water polo competition on Saturday.
Despite fielding two substitutes due to suspensions, Russia prevailed 20-7 in their opening Group A game.
Hungary almost let an 8-4 advantage slip against Germany in Group B, meanwhile, but held on for a 9-8 win via five goals from Viktor Vadovics.
“In the first three quarters it was amazing but in the fourth quarter we let it go a little bit, which we shouldn’t do in the upcoming games,” said Alexander Kardos.
Azerbaijan's first appearance in the men's competition ended in a 9-6 Group B defeat to Romania.
There were dominant victories for Russia and Hungary in the women's competition, while Slovakia came from two goals down inside the final five minutes to beat Serbia.