Alex Bowen scored three goals as the United States men's water polo team got a measure of revenge for a pool play loss to Italy, advancing to play Croatia for fifth place after a 7-6 win in a classification match at the Tokyo Olympics.
It was a match neither nation targeted after Italy won bronze in 2016 and silver in 2012 and the U.S. harbored hopes of a first medal since winning silver in 2008.
Italy beat Team USA 12-11 in pool play, fueled by five Francesco Di Fulvio goals.
This time, the match was deadlocked at five going into the final quarter, the U.S. prevailing behind Alex Bowen's three goals.
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The Americans lost to Spain and Italy fell to Serbia in the quarterfinals.