Game 33 (W): 11:20, NEW ZEALAND 10 CUBA 11

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Semifinal 9-12

Quarters: 2-3, 4-3, 3-2, 1-3

Referees: NI Shi Wei (CHN), Guy PINKER (RSA) Extra Man: NZL: 2/5. CUB: 5/7

Pen: CUB: 1/1

NEW ZEALAND: Carina HARACHE, Emily COX, Kelly MASON (1), Danielle LEWIS, Amy LOGAN (1), Alexandra BOYD, Ashley SMALLFIELD (1), Lauren SIEPRATH (2), Johanna THEELEN, Casie BOWRY (3), Kirsten HUDSON (2), Alexandra MYLES, Brooke MILLAR. Head Coach: Eelco URI.
CUBA: Mairelis ZUNZUNEGUI, Daniela ESCALONA, Yeliana BRAVO (1), Hirovis HERNANDEZ (2), Danay GUTIERREZ (5), Mayelin BERNAL, Yanet LOPEZ (3), Yadira OMS, Dayana MORALES, Yordanka PUJOL, Lisbeth SANTANA, Neldys TRUFFIN, Arisney RAMOS. Head Coach: Francisco VEITIA.

NZL vs CUB - credit: Russell McKinnon
NZL vs CUB - credit: Russell McKinnon

GUTIERREZ scored five goals in her previous game and scored five more today as she led her side to a stirring victory, making sure her team will finish far better than its 15th place in Melbourne at the last outing in 2007. New Zealand could count itself unlucky but winning is about scoring goals. Cuba managed it better than the Kiwis on extra man with five from seven and then proved crucial in the victory. GUTIERREZ opened with the first two goals, scored the last to close the first half and slammed in the last two. The last was crucial, naturally, converting extra in a controversial decision. The Cuban player was in control of the ball and about to shoot when the Kiwi goalkeeper was dis-possessing the player. LEWIS gained he exclusion and GUTIERREZ managed her fifth goal. New Zealand had a 5-4 lead halfway through the second quarter and then a 6-5 advance but HERNANDEZ re-claimed the lead for Cuba two minutes into the third on penalty. New Zealand regained the lead at 8-7 when HUDSON scored from outside while BOWRY took her side to 9-7 with another action goal. BRAVO scored from two metres to end the third period. HERNANDEZ scored the first of three extra-man goals in the last for Cuba while BOWRY scored form centre forward for 10-9 at 3:16. Then GUTIERREZ sealed the match.