Greece finds Brazil a tough nut to crack

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo

altGreece had to come from down twice to shake off Brazil, winning their Group C women’s water polo match at the Natatorium today.

Playing the second day of the competition, Brazil led 2-1 and 4-3 before scoring the equalising goal at 5-5 by halftime.

Greece moved to 8-5 but Brazil scored either side of the final break to bring the game to 7-8. However, Greece had the better of the final four minutes, winning 11-8.

It was Greece’s second win and sets it up for the final group game on Thursday against Russia, who accounted for Spain 18-8 in the earlier match.

Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA was devastating in that match, scoring five goals in a game where Spain struggled to compete.

In Group A, The United States of America drew away from Hungary with a three-goal burst just before halftime to win 16-7. With a draw against the Netherlands on day one, the USA needed to pour in the goals against Hungary to assist decision making after the Thursday round finishes in a probably tie-break situation.

The Dutch struck a defiant Kazakhstan, winning 13-3 with Olympic champion Mieke CABOUT scoring three.

Canada and Australia had wins in Group B with leader Canada gaining a second win with a 22-6 margin over Uzbekistan. Captain Krystina ALOGBO fired in five goals for Canada and Whitney GENOWAY scored four with three in quick-fire succession late in the first half — 62 seconds!

Australia defeated New Zealand 12-4 after leading 9-1 just before the final break.

Italy and China are on a collision course in Group D. Italy rolled South Africa 18-2 while China beat Cuba 19-6 in a thrilling match highlighted by the incredible exploits of Cuban goalkeeper Mairelis ZUNZUNEGUI. Both teams are undefeated.

Mairelis ZUNZUNEGUI (CUB) - Credit: Russell McKinnon
Mairelis ZUNZUNEGUI (CUB) - Credit: Russell McKinnon

Tomorrow’s men’s competition throws up some interesting match-ups with Serbia opening the day against Romania at 09:30; USA v Italy at 17:00 and Spain-Montenegro at 16:20.

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