RIO DE JANEIRO – The Serbia men’s national water polo team lost 6-5 (0-2, 3-1, 2-0, 1-2) to Brazil in a Group A, Round 3 match of the Olympic tournament in Rio de Janeiro Thursday morning.

Head coach Dejan Savic’s men, who were expected to chalk up their first victory in the competition after drawing with Greece and Hungary, seemed to be back to winning ways as they took a 2-0 lead over the host nation, but former Serbia goalkeeper Slobodan Soro made a fantastic 13 saves to give Brazil their third consecutive win in the group stage.

Filip Filipovic, Sava Randjelovic, Dusan Mandic, Stefan Mitrovic and Slobodan Nikic each scored a goal for Serbia.

Brazil are top of the group table with a maximum six points, followed by Greece (4 pts), Australia (3 pts), Hungary (3 pts), Serbia (2 pts) and Japan (0 pts).

Serbia, the reigning European and world champions, will next face Australia on Saturday morning.