Water Polo Men: Day 1: HUN 13 CHN 5
Hungary’s new breed of international stars displayed composure and brilliance, coupled with speed, guile and power against China, who failed to fold under the onslaught. Hungary seems to have it all with the young group that has replaced the old guard. Could this be the start of a new generation of gold medallists?
Maybe this competition is too early but the repertoire shown today left many in awe. The only point of concern for Hungary was the red-carding of Denes Varga at 4:21 in the final quarter.
Marton Szivos, continuing on where his grandfather and father left off, but seeking a gold medal that matters, was in blistering form with three goals by midway through the second quarter as Hungary turned a 3-2 advantage at 5:32 to 7-2 by halftime.
Norbert Hosnyanszky scored
either side of halftime as Hungary won the period 3-2. Two goals early
in the fourth had the game at 12-4, moving out to 13-5.
It was all Hungary, but it must be said that two late shots from China could easily have gone in. Conversely, Hungary’s defence made that an improbability.
Match 6: 17:30, Group C, HUNGARY 12 CHINA 5
Quarters: 3-1, 4-1, 3-2, 3-1
Referees: Boris Margeta (SLO), Ian Melliar (RSA).
Extra Man: HUN: 2/3. CHN: 1/4
Pens: HUN: 1/1.
HUNGARY: Viktor Nagy, Miklos Gor-Nagy, Norbert Madaras, Bence Batori (1), Marton Vamos (1), Norbert Hosnyanszky (2), Adam Decker, Marton Szivos (3), Daniel Varga (1), Denes Varga (2), Krisztian Bedo (1), Balazs Harai (2), Attila Decker. Head Coach: Tibor Benedek.
CHINA: Weiging Ge, Feihu Tan (1), Zhongxing Liang (1), Bin Jiang (1), Junliang Guo, Ning Pan (1), Bin Li, Yang Wang, Junmin Xie, Jian Zhang, Chufeng Zhang (1), Nianxiang Liang, Honghui Wu. Head Coach: Rick Azevedo.
Marton Szivos (HUN):
“The first game of the tournament is always the most difficult. I am proud of my team, we won this together. Serbia are a very good team, it seems to be tradition that we always play each other, but after this game we are ready.”
Daniel Varga (HUN):
“I feel 100 percent better, I left the injury behind (recent hand break). It was an important game to get confidence because for some of the players this was their first game in a championship so it was like a test for them. It gives us confidence for the next game.”
Rick Azevedo (CHN Head Coach):
“I’m really happy to be here, but I’m not satisfied; we missed a lot of opportunities. We let them score four goals in the first few minutes. We are a young team and now we have to work hard in order to improve. Hungary has great shooters and Australia they are also physically really strong.”
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