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Water Polo Women, Day 1: HUN 20 BRA 6
Hungary was always going to swim away with this match, despite the defiance of Brazil in what was a period too late — the fourth. With crowds building for the evening session and the sun starting to cause problems at one end, Rita Keszthelyi was on fire like the great orb above. She scored three of Hungary’s first four goals for 4-1 with not four minutes into the game.
Luciane Maia scored on extra for 4-2 but there the Brazilian dream of victory died. Hungary rattled in four goals in the second period and had the game in its hand at 9-2 by the long break. Keszthelyi worried the match secretaries further with another two goals to start the second half and Hungary showed total dominance as it moved to 12-2 by the final break.
The final period was a goal fest with Hungary finishing 20-6 ahead, meaning Brazil came back into the game with four goals. Barbara Bujka and Kata Menczinger netted twice in the period as did Marina Zablith — breaking the Brazilian drought of nearly 24 minutes — and teammate Izabella Chiappini. However, it was Hungary’s day and great experience for the young Brazilians.
Match 7: 18:50, Group D, HUNGARY 20 BRAZIL 6
Quarters: 5-2, 4-0, 3-0, 8-4
Referees: Sergy Naumov (RUS), Gideon Reemnet (NED)
Extra Man: HUN: 3/6. BRA: 3/7
Pens: HUN: 4/4. BRA: 1/1.
HUNGARY: Flora Bolonyai, Anna Illes (2), Dora Antal, Dora Kisteleki (2), Gabriella Szucs, Orsolya Takacs (1), Ibolya Miskolczi (2), Rita Keszthelyi (5), Ildiko Toth, Barbara Bujka (3), Krisztina Garda (1), Kata Menczinger (4), Orsolya Kaso. Head Coach: Andras Meresz.
BRAZIL: Manuella Canetti, Diana Abla, Marina Zablith (2), Marina Canetti, Luciane Maia (1), Adhara Santoro, Melani Dias, Izabela Chiappini (2), Victoria Muratore, Flavia Vigna, Mirella Coutinho (1), Viviane Bahia, Victoria Chamorro. Head Coach: Sandy Nitta.
Ibolya Kitti Miskolczi (HUN):
“It was a hard game; being here in this tournament is hard. We played well but it some parts of the game we did it bad, but it is a good start.”
Andras Meresz (HUN Head Coach):
“The first game at the world championships is always tough. So we are happy about this win. We won’t change anything facing the next game, starting with the same team. The next game will be really tough against Italy. But we will aim to book the quarter-final ticket.”
Victoria Chamorro (BRA):
“We have a really young team, we’ve seven new players. So, we have to work more in order to be better in our next game. Hungary was really strong and we were tired, but we tried to not give up.”
Mirella Coutinho (BRA):
“We have to think about our next match and win it. We have been working so hard, but it was not possible.”