Game 14 (W): 18:20, Group A, HUNGARY 7 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 16

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Quarters: 2-3, 2-4, 3-4, 0-3

Referees: Torsten BOCK (GER), Sergei NAUMOV (RUS)

Extra Man: HUN: 2/5. USA: 1/3

Pens: HUN: 2/2. USA: 1/1

HUNGARY: Orsolya KASO, Dora CZIGANY, Dora ANTAL, Anna ILLES, Gabriella SZUCS (3), Orsolya TAKACS, Rita DRAVUCZ, Rita KESZTHELYI (2), Ildiko TOTH (1), Barbara BUJKA (1), Rita KOSZPOLI, Kata MENCZINGER, Edina GANGL. Head Coach: Andreas MERESZ
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, Heather PETRI (2), Melissa SEIDEMANN, Brenda VILLA (2), Lauren WENGER (2), Margaret STEFFENS (2), Courtney MATHEWSON (3), Jessica STEFFENS, Elsie WINDES (1), Kelly RULON, Annika DRIES (2), Kameryn CRAIG (2), Tumuaialii ANAE. HEAD COACH: Adam KRIKORIAN.

It’s amazing what a minute does in international sport. That minute came late in the first half when an enthralling game between two of the best teams on the planet was broken wide open. World champion USA broke a 4-4 deadlock when DRIES from centre forward, MATHEWSON on a cross-cage shot and VILLA from five metres with a second left gave the USA a commanding adjustment. VILLA made it four at the top of the third and the goals were swapped until 10-6. STEFFENS stretched it to 11-6 midway through the third. KESZTHELYI, twice a scorer for Hungary earlier on, then produced the most hopeful shot of the tournament when she played a five-metre foul with a helicopter backhand but failed to reap the ultimate reward for such audacity. BUJKE scored half a minute later off the right-post position on extra but MATHEWSON converted a penalty foul for 12-7 at the final break. With the game virtually gone, GANGL gained time in goal and fumbled the first shot from PETRI. With STEFFENS firing from the deep right to score 26 seconds later, the game was over as a spectacle. MATHEWSON claimed her third from the same position as the previous goal. The game died and even Hungary’s timeout could not produce anything. PETRI lit up the pool with a big outside shot for 16-7, a result that must disappoint Hungarian fans, especially after beating Kazakhstan 21-6 on the opening day. The USA shot at 51.6%, well clear of Hungary’s 25.9%.