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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Facing its former coach in a hostile arena, Croatia showed why its a threat to repeat as Olympic champions. Wholesale Shoes China .Marko Bijac made 15 saves, including stops on two first-half penalty shots, and Croatia beat Brazil 10-6 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the mens water polo tournament at the Rio de Janeiro Games.I think the key was our concentration, Bijac said. Through the whole match we didnt let any other factors like crowd or referees or opponent to have influence on us. We really concentrated, especially on defense.Maro Jokovic and Javier Gadea Garcia scored three goals apiece for Croatia, which will face Montenegro in the next round. The 2012 gold medalists led 7-3 at the break and held off Brazil in the second half despite Damir Burics four-minute exclusion after a brief skirmish with Josip Vrlic.Now arrive the most important games in the tournament, Gadea Garcia said. We can take a medal ... and we will see against Montenegro. Will be a very tough game.Montenegro outscored Hungary 4-2 on penalty shots for a 13-11 victory. World champion Serbia and Italy also face off Thursday in a repeat of the semifinals from the London Games.Backed by another raucous, flag-waving crowd, Brazil faltered a bit in the second quarter and never recovered in its first Olympic appearance since 1984. Bernardo Oneto Gomes had three goals, but only three other players scored for the host country.Its very hard. Its very difficult, Brazils Felipe Perrone said. Croatia is a former Olympic champion. They (played) great defense.Playing under Ratko Rudic, who guided Croatia to the title in London, Brazil opened the tournament with three straight wins, including a surprising 6-5 victory against Serbia last Wednesday. But the loss to Croatia was its third in a row.If you want to win the game for the medal, you must be mentally very, very strong, Rudic said, so sometimes we couldnt do the things that we can usually do.Brazil and Croatia trained together before the Olympics, and Rudic dismissed the significance of coaching against his former team. He also said he will not coach Brazil beyond the Olympics.Also Tuesday, Dusan Mandic scored four goals to help Serbia beat Spain 10-7 in its best performance so far in Rio, and Pietro Figlioli had three goals as Italy knocked off Greece for a 9-5 win.Filip Filipovic and Stefan Mitrovic each scored two goals for Serbia, which has won three in a row since the loss to Brazil put them on the brink of elimination in the preliminary round.Sometimes you must touch the bottom to see how to rise, Filipovic said, and I think that after Brazil, we literally touched the bottom.Spain closed to 4-3 on consecutive goals by Guillermo Molina Rios in the second quarter, but Serbia responded with the last three goals of the first half -- including one for Milan Aleksic with just 12 seconds left.It was its first halftime lead of the competition.We start great, from the opening of the match, Filipovic said. So we didnt allow the opponent to score two, three goals, and then (have) to chase our chances.Serbia won bronze in each of the last two Olympics and is facing a lot of pressure to bring home the countrys first gold medal in perhaps its favorite sport. After struggling with the pressure early on, it looks as if it is growing more comfortable heading into the semifinals.Montenegro also advanced to the next round after finishing fourth in Beijing and London.Montenegro had a 9-8 lead when Hungary captain Denes Varga scored on a terrific long-range shot with 1:11 remaining, fading to his left before banking one in off the left goalpost.Last shot was really my mistake, Hungary goaltender Milos Scepanovic said, and I was really focused to make things correct.Scepanovic responded with saves on penalty shots by Marton Vamos and Norbert Hosnyanszky, and Vjekoslav Paskovic connected on his penalty try to close out the win, leading to hugs and excited smiles on the Montenegro bench.Two saves on Hungarys shooters, it is amazing, Montenegro coach Vladimir Gojkovic said, praising his goaltender. Some of the best shooters in the world, you know, and he (made the) difference today.---Jay Cohen can be reached at Cheap Shoes Authentic . "Trying to breathe," he said with a grin. Bernier stopped 42 of 43 shots on Monday night, including all 22 in a hectic middle frame, his heroic performance propelling the Leafs toward an undue point in their final game before the Christmas break. Cheap Nike Shoes .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. RIO DE JANEIRO -- The last house of a Rio de Janeiro slum near the Olympic park that was once home to 700 families was demolished late Tuesday.Market vendor Augusto Pereira told the Associated Press that there was too much pressure on him to leave the area and that he needed to carry on with his life somewhere else.The Vila Autodromo favela was once home to around 700 families. Most left or accepted offers of compensation or resettlement in a nearby housing complex. Favelas are dotted around Rio de Janeiro. Some are small and some house tens of thousands of residents.Until recently 20 families had refused to move out because proposed new homes did not provide paved streets and public lighting, but the issue was resolved this week for most of them.Pereira was the very last to stay in the area. I requested some conditions to leave, but the City Hall was stalling me. I was getting so depressed that I just decided to go anyway, Pereira said. Staying here during the Olympics would hurt me even more.The Opening Ceremony of the Olympics will be on Friday.Clearing space for the Olympic venues has brought a political cost for Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes. The bulldozing of Vila Autodromo was made to build a complex of 31 high rises that will become upper-class housing in the citys west zone. Cheap Shoes Outlet. Paes initially said residents could stay if they wanted, but changed course and ordered evictions. He said a few months ago that the homes built in that area will cost between 3 million to 3.5 million reais ($800,000 to $930,000), but sales have been slow so far.Felipe Pena, a visiting professor at New York University who recently released an award-winning documentary on Vila Autodromo, said that the demolition of the last home in the region is a symbol of how Rios authorities dealt with the Olympics.Demolishing working-class housing next to the Olympic Park shows how much exclusion there is in these Games, Pena said. What happened to Vila Autodromo is a representation of what might happen to the rest of the country. The mayor, the governor and the interim president belong in the same party. Politicians are fine with this.Activists and lawmakers have pledged to keep the pressure on Paes to improve conditions for former residents of Vila Autodromo in their new homes. ' ' '