07/29/2012 06:33 EDT | Updated 09/28/2012 05:12 EDT

Croatia beats Greece 8-6 in men's water polo opener at London Olympics

LONDON - Croatia used a late surge to pull away for a 8-6 win over Greece in the opening match of the men's water polo competition at the London Olympics.

With the score level at 5-5 after three quarters, Croatia netted three unanswered goals from Niksa Dobud, Miho Boskovic and Sandro Sukno to take control of the match.

The win Sunday puts Croatia, one of the leading medal contenders in a crowded field, atop Group A.

The group also includes Spain, Kazakhstan, Italy and Australia.