Game 40 (W): 10:50, CUBA 7 HUNGARY 12

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Classification 9th & 10th

Quarters: 2-4, 3-2, 0-5, 2-1

Referees: Ursula WENGENROTH (SUI), Steven ROTSART (USA)

Extra Man: CUB: 2/8. HUN: 2/3

Pens: CUB: 1/1. HUN: 2/2

CUBA: Mairelis ZUNZUNEGUI, Daniela ESCALONA, Yeliana BRAVO, Hirovis HERNANDEZ (3), Danay GUTIERREZ (3), Mayelin BERNAL (1), Yanet LOPEZ, Yadira OMS, Dayana MORALES, Yordanka PUJOL, Lisbeth SANTANA, Neldys TRUFFIN, Arisney RAMOS. Head Coach: Francisco VEITIA.
HUNGARY: Orsolya KASO, Dora CZIGANY (3), Dora ANTAL (1), Anna ILLES, Gabriella SZUCS (1), Orsolya TAKACS (2), Rita DRAVUCZ, Rita KESZTHELYI (2), Ildiko TOTH, Barbara BUJKA (2), Rita KOSZPOLI, Kata MENCZINGER (1), Edina GANGL. Head
Coach: Andreas MERESZ.

CUB vs HUN - credit: Russell McKinnon
CUB vs HUN - credit: Russell McKinnon

Hungary took the victory but the manner in which it was won could prove some concern back home. Hungary looked excited to win at 3-0 in less than three minutes but then it turned to custard for Hungary as Cuba played above itself to bring the game to 5-6 by halftime. It was true that Hungary worked its bench but then so did Cuba. The game broke open in the third period in favour of the Europeans and the surge to victory was like a slow-breaking wave. Cuba scored twice in a row to get the game back to 2-3 and by 5:39 in the second period it was 4-4. As one journalist intoned when he arrived late for the
game: "Is the scoreboard correct?" It was correct that Cuba would be considered close to one of the top nations in water polo. Hungary went to 6-4 but the indomitable Hernandez pulled one back on penalty at 1:36 to close the half. Hernandez scored Cuba's next goal at 6:33 in the fourth after Hungary claimed the third period 5-0 with CZIGANYI gaining her third.
The final quarter was testament to Cuba's guts and determination all tournament, outscoring Hungary 2-1. Cuba last played at this level in 2007 and finished 15th so will be very happy with 10th place. Hungary, on the other hand, slipped from seventh place after finishing third in Melbourne in 2007.