Croatia recorded a resounding win against France, 20:5, at the opening match of the LEN Europa Cup, Men's Super Final, underway in Rijeka.
The defending World Champions led the entire game en route to a thorough 20:5 win (6:1, 6:2, 5:1, 3:1).
This was the thirteenth meeting between the two water polo giants, with Croatia coming out on top on all but one occasion - at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 when the loss helped Croatia avoid an elimination round game versus Serbia.
Teams in competition during the Super Final of the LEN Europa Cup are truly the crème de la crème of men’s water polo, featuring the best teams in the world (Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia, France, Greece, Spain, and Croatia) going head-to-head over an action-packed four-day tournament. Teams ranked within the top 7 from the 2016 Olympics, and the 2017 World Championships, are all vying for the title and €40,000 in prize money.
Croatia plays Montenegro on Friday at 17:30, and against Serbia on Saturday at 19:00.