Game 34 (W): 12:40, HUNGARY 17 SPAIN 13

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Semifinal 9-12

Quarters: 5-3, 5-3, 4-3, 3-4

Referees: Marie-Claude DESLIERES (CAN), Ursula WENGENROTH (SUI) 

Extra Man: HUN: 2/10. ESP: 8/20

HUNGARY: Orsolya KASO, Dora CZIGANY, Dora ANTAL (1), Anna ILLES, Gabriella SZUCS (3), Orsolya TAKACS (1), Rita DRAVUCZ (3), Rita KESZTHELYI (4), Ildiko TOTH, Barbara BUJKA (5), Rita KOSZPOLI, Kata MENCZINGER, Edina GANGL. Head
Coach: Andreas MERESZ.
SPAIN: Ava COPADO, Blanca GIL (5), Ana ESPAR (3), Helena LLORET, Matilde ORTIZ, Paula CHILLADA, Lorena MIRANDA (1), Pilar PENA, Andrea BLAS (1), Ona MESEGUER, M. Carmen GARCIA (3), Marta BACH, Laura ESTER. Head Coach: Miguel OCA.

This was a game of statistics. Thirty goals with 31 major fouls. Spain's GIL became the tournament's highest scorer with 18 goals thanks to five goals. On the other side of the line, former German international Barbara BUJKE also grabbed four to take her tally to 14 and is easily the standout two-metre player of the championship. KESZTHELYI chimed in with four goals in the second half for a burgeoning basket of 14 goals. The secretary's bench was nearly on fire with the all the action. This game also featured strongly as it is thought to be the first time two women have had charge of the same FINA World Championships match. The feat did occur at the recent FINA World League Super Final in Tianjin but at this level, it is probably a first. GIL's first three goals kept her team in the hunt at 7-4 down two minutes into the second quarter but Hungary went to the long break. With KESZTHELYI and BUJKE both scoring twice, Hungary went out to 14-8 but MIRANDA scored on extra to close the quarter five goals down. BUJKE split two GARCIA goals  and GIL sent one in from six metres like an arrow at 4:31 for 15-12, still within striking distance. However, KESTHELYI stood up with a counter-attack goal and a seven-metre shot at 0:54 and 17-12. ESPAR scored from dee left in the last four seconds to close a game that left everyone breathless and sent Hungary to the 9-10 play-off with Cuba. Spain will take on New Zealand for 11th.