SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Croatia overcame the flu bug and Dutch swim star Inge de Bruijn to defeat the Netherlands 11-7 in Olympic men's water polo Wednesday.

The Croatians were without finger-wagging starting goalie Sinisa Skolnekov and defender Samir Barac because of high temperatures that have hit the team. And triple gold medalist de Bruijn stopped in at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Center to inspire her countrymen, who needed a victory to have any hope of reaching the quarterfinals.

But it didn't matter for Croatia, which got three goals from Dubravko Simenc and two apiece from Mile Smodlaka and Igor Hinic.

Croatia, 4-0-1, finishes tied with Yugoslavia in Group B. But the Yugoslavs will head to the quarterfinals as the top seed from the group based on goal differential.

Harry van der Meer had five goals for the Netherlands, 1-4-0, which will compete for 9th through 12th places this weekend.

Hinic and Vjekoslav Kobescak scored three minutes apart in the second quarter as Croatia broke away from a 2-all tie. Not even de Bruijn's cheering could help the Dutch, who are looking to improve on their 10th place finish in Atlanta.

Croatia, which won a silver medal four years ago, enters the final eight as one of the favorites.