Game 6: 16:20, Group C, GREECE 10 SPAIN 9

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Quarters: 2-3, 3-1, 3-2, 2-3

Referees: Gideon  REEMNET (NED), Mark KOGANOV (AZE)

Extra Man: GRE: 3/5.  ESP: 6/8

GREECE: Eleni KOUVDOU, Christina TSOUKALA (1), Antiopi MELIDONI, Ilektra Maria PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI, Alkisti AVRAMIDOU, Alexandra ASIMAKI (3), Antigoni ROUMPESI (2), Angeliki GEROLYMOU (3), Triantafylla MANOLIOUDAKI (1), Stavroula ANTONAKOU, Georgia LARA, Eleni GOULA. Head Coach: Georgios MORFESIS.
SPAIN: Ava COPADO, Blanca GIL (3), Ana ESPAR (1), Helena LLORET (1), Matilde ORTIZ (1), Paula CHILLADA, Lorena MIRANDA, Pilar PENA, Andrea BLAS, Ona MESSEGUER (2), M. Carmen GARCIA (1), Marta BACH, Laura ESTER. Head Coach: Miguel OCA.

Greece received a fright en route to its opening win, twice coming back from a goal down to level twice in the second quarter and take a stranglehold on the match in the second half. While Greece went 8-5 ahead late in the third quarter, it was Spain who scored either side of the final break to bring to game to 8-7. However, Greece struck twice with GEROLYMOU and ROUMPESI lengthening the margin to 10-7. GOMEZ struck back for Spain and Spain went to a timeout soon after on extra but could not convert. GIL’s directness in play and three goals in the first half kept Spain alive but the absence of Jennifer PAREJA from these championships has weakened the team. Greece nearly gave up the win when ORTIZ shovelled in a rebound with 10 seconds left but Greece managed to control to control the ball for the two points. Spain will only improve from this effort.