Game 48 (W): 21:00, GREECE 9 CHINA 8

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Classification 1st & 2nd

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

Referees: Massimiliano CAPUTI (ITA), Mario BRGULJAN (MNE)

Extra Man: GRE: 2/7. CHN:  4/12.

GREECE: Eleni KOUVDOU, Christina TSOUKALA, Antiopi MELIDONI (1), Ilektra Maria PSOUNI, Kyriaki LIOSI (1), Alkisti AVRAMIDOU, Alexandra ASIMAKI (3), Antigoni ROUMPESI (3), Angeliki GEROLYMOU, Triantafylla MANOLIOUDAKI (1), Stavroula ANTONAKOU, Georgia LARA, Eleni GOULA. Head Coach: Georgios MORFESIS.
CHINA: YANG Jun, TENG Fei (1), LIU Ping (2), SUN Yujun (1), HE Jin (1), SUN Yating, SONG Donglun (1), CHEN Yuan, WANG Yi (2), MA Huanhuan, SUN Huizi, ZHANG Lei, WANG Ying. Head Coach: Juan JANE GIRALT.

This was a real gold-medal final. Two teams playing top-class water polo before a truly packed house. But there could be only one winner and Greece will take the title home after surviving a heavy foul count against and the loss of star GEROLYMOU in the third quarter. ASIMAKI opened the scoring from centre forward at 7:20, her favoured position and from where she has scored most of her nine goals. LIU responded nearly three minutes later from close in on extra. ROUMPESI proved why she was selected to the Media All Star Team when she started to raise her personal tally, netting off right-hand- catch. SUN Yujun converted extra off the right-post position with a steer in of the ball for 2-2 at 3:24, the last goal of the period. ROUMPESI sent in a slider from the top to the bottom right at 6:10 in the second and MANOLIOUDAKI fired in a “doughnut” — a shot above the goalkeeper’s head — for 4-2, the closing score of the half. The third period did not go so well for the Greeks with GEROLYMOU, a nine-goal scorer and outside leader in the team, being sent from the match for chatting to the referee. It was a major blow to Greece’s chances. Her eviction from the game came when Greece was 7-4 ahead, still not enough to claim gold. ROUMPESI opened the third. LIU replied with a tip in from left post. ASIMAKI turned at centre forward and scored easily for 6-3. TENG shot from seven metres to score. MELIDONI scored from deep right at 5:00.