Game 29 (W), 16:50, 2C RUSSIA 26 3D CUBA 4
Quarter-final qualification round
Quarters: 5-1, 8-1, 6-1, 7-2
Referees: Guy PINKER (RSA), Kazuhiko MAKITA (JPN)
Extra Man: RUS: 5/11. CUB: 2/5
Pen: CUB: 1/1
RUSSIA: Maria KOVTUNOVSKAYA, Nadezhda FEDOTOVA (1), Ekaterina PROKOFYEVA (4), Sofia KONUKH (3), Alexandra ANTONOVA (2), Natalia RYZHOVA-ALENICHEVA (2), Ekaterina LISUNOVA (5), Evgenia SOBOLEVA (4), Ekaterina TANKEEVA (1), Olga BELYAEVA (1), Evgenia IVANOVA (3), Yulia GAUFLER, Anna KANAUKH. Head Coach: Alexander KABANOV.
CUBA: Mairelis ZUNZUNEGUI, Daniela ESCALONA, Yeliana BRAVO, Hirovis HERNANDEZ (2), Danay GUTIERREZ, Mayelin BERNAL, Yanet LOPEZ, Yadira OMS, Dayana MORALES (1), Yordanka PUJOL, Lisbeth SANTANA (1), Neldys TRUFFIN, Arisney RAMOS. Head Coach: Francisco VEITIA.
Russia swam riot over Cuba in a mis-match in this second-round encounter. By halftime the game was well and truly over and Cuba had no answer to the stronger, faster, bigger, fitter and more experienced Russians who are looking for some redemption after failing to make the top four in Tianjin last month. Russian head coach KABANOV used his team wisely and spread them evenly, allowing most players to score. MORALES scored Cuba’s first goal at 2-1 but the next came at the top of the third when HERNANDEZ turned as the goalkeeper came out on her. She shot into an empty goal. She scored again on penalty at 21-3 while SANTANA opportunistically shot wide left from the top right to score at 23-4. LISUNOVA loved the bottom left to score and her five took her to 10 for the tournament. PROKOFYEVA joined a growing list of people on 11 with her four goals and SOBOLEVA’s four took her to 10. Russia will have a tantalising clash with world champion USA in the quarters while Cuba will play New Zealand for a place in the 9-10 play-off.