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  • Alex Roelse of the US, left, vies for the ball with Ivan Krapic of Croatia during their men's water polo Group D preliminary round match at the 17th FINA Swimming World Championships in Hajos Alfred National Swimming Pool in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)

  • Alex Obert of the US, left, vies for the ball with Luka Loncar of Croatia during their men's water polo Group D preliminary round match at the 17th FINA Swimming World Championships in Hajos Alfred National Swimming Pool in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Balazs Czagany/MTI via AP)

Monday, July 17, 2017 5:01 pm

Canada draws, US loses in opening water polo games at worlds

The Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Canada came from four goals down to draw with Montenegro 8-8, while the United States lost its opening match of men's water polo at the world championships on Monday.

Croatia, the only team to have won a medal at each of the last five worlds, defeated the United States 12-7 in Group D, where Russia beat Japan 15-8 in the late match.

Three-time champion Hungary got the home fans cheering by beating Australia 13-3, and Italy defeated France 18-9 in the other Group B game.

Defending champion Serbia routed South Africa 21-5 to begin its campaign in Group C, where Greece almost let a three-goal lead slip against Spain before winning 8-7.

Also, Brazil beat Kazakhstan 6-2 in Canada's Group A.