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2012 FINA World League: Day 1 Is Over; USA Wins, China Nearly Upsets Italy

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The 2012 FINA World League has completed its first day of competition, and the surprise game of the day was that China nearly upset Italy in a 10-9 match where the Italians where challenged to the very end. It als did not help that they struggled going 0-for-3 on power play chances and went 1-for-3 on penalty shots.

Results from the first day are as follows:

• United State 11, Kazakhstan 8
• Italy 10, China 9
• Croatia 14, Australia 11
• Spain 8, Brazil 3

Here are the standings after the first day:

Group A Group B
United States (1-0) Croatia (1-0)
Italy (1-0) Spain (1-0)
China (0-1) Brazil (0-1)
Kazakhstan (0-1) Australia (0-1)

Here is the schedule for the preliminary rounds for the rest of the tournament:

Prelims, Day 2, June 13

United States vs China 2:10 p.m. (4:10 a.m. EST)
Croatia vs Spain 3:30 p.m. (5:30 a.m. EST)
Brazil vs Australia 4:50 p.m. (6:50 a.m. EST)
Italy vs Kazakhstan 6:15 p.m. (7:15 a.m. EST)

Prelims, Day 3, June 14

Croatia vs Brazil 14:10 (4:10 a.m. EST)
Italy vs United States 15:30 (5:30 a.m. EST)
Australia vs Spain 16:50 (6:50 a.m. EST)
China vs Kazakhstan 18:15 (7:15 a.m. EST)

Once the preliminary rounds are over each team advances to the quarterfinals with a 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3 matchup from opposing groups.

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