Italy beat the US 13-9 to win the Men's Water Polo World League ©Getty Images

Italy overcame the United States to clinch their maiden International Swimming Federation (FINA) Men's Water Polo World League title in Strasbourg.

The Italians, runners-up at the FINA World Championships earlier this month, trailed 2-1 after the first quarter of the super final gold medal match at the Piscine de la Kibitzenau, but levelled the scores at 4-4 at half-time.

A blistering third quarter proved decisive, as Italy found the net six times and conceded only once to take firm control of the contest.

The US took the fourth quarter 4-3, but could not overturn the sizeable deficit, and Italy secured a 13-9 victory and their first FINA Men's Water Polo World League crown.

For the Americans, they had to settle for silver for the second consecutive edition of the tournament, having lost to Montenegro in last year's decider.

World champions Spain recovered from their defeat to Italy in yesterday's semi-final by beating hosts France 11-8 in the match for bronze.

The teams shared six goals in the first quarter, before Spain took a narrow 5-4 lead at half-time.

They extended their advantage to 9-6 after three quarters of the match, and then closed out an 11-8 victory.

Olympic champions Serbia overcame defending World League champions Montenegro 8-6 in the match for fifth, while Australia took seventh place by beating Canada 13-9.