Brazil – nine time World League winners – will be looking to avoid elimination following their loss to Russia on the opening day. And Team Canada seem poised to give them a run for their money after pulling off one of the biggest wins in their history on Thursday defeating Olympic champions and world no. 2 Russia. Victory against Brazil will guarantee that Canada will win Pool E and book its place in the semifinals. Brazil and Canada have played 16 times in the World League with Brazil holding a commanding 13-3 edge.
After defeating Bulgaria in its first match on Thursday, Italy can secure top spot in Pool C and a spot in the semifinals if they beat Argentina on Friday. With Argentina having lost their opening match to Bulgaria on Wednesday, they need to defeat Italy to force a three-way tie in Pool D as a loss would see them eliminated from the tournament.
In overall World League play, Italy holds a 9-5 advantage over Argentina, with two of those 14 matches taking place in the Final round.
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