Australia’s men’s team forced a penalty shoot-out to beat Japan 17-15 on the second day of action at the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Water Polo World League Intercontinental Cup in Perth.
Aidan Roach was the man of the moment for the host nation at the HBF Stadium, levelling at 11-11 and then again at 12-12 with just half-a-second left on the clock in the Group A clash.
Australia, 9-8 winners over Canada yesterday, were perfect in the shoot-out and goalkeeper Anthony Hrysanthos stopped Japan's fourth attempt from Yusuke Inaba.
In the other Group A game, Canada gained a first win by comfortably defeating South Africa 18-4.
Kazakhstan took control of Group B with a second victory, this time overcoming Argentina 11-5 in impressive fashion.
China bounced back from their surprise 14-13 loss against Argentina yesterday to beat New Zealand 14-7.
In the women’s event, Zihan Zhao netted six goals as China cruised to a 24-7 win over New Zealand to open their Group A points tally.
World League champions United States made it two victories out of two in same section by defeating Japan 18-7.
Captain Maggie Steffens scored three of America's goals and was named player of the match.
In Group B, Canada overcame Kazakhstan 13-4 with Hayley McKelvey bringing her tournament tally to nine with four goals.
Hosts Australia, meanwhile, showed far too much experience and pace in seeing off South Africa 21-3.
The event is a qualifier for the 2019 World League with four teams from each tournament qualifying for the super finals alongside the top three teams from the FINA/European Aquatics Federation Europa Cup finals and the host nations.