Youth Water Polo (W), Day 5: USA-Greece and Canada-Hungary to clash in semifinals

World Youth Water Polo Championships

USA-Greece and Canada-Hungary are the semifinals pairings after the fifth competition day of the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014 in Madrid, Spain. USA, which remain unbeaten in this tournament, defeated the Netherlands in quarterfinals after a very even match (6-4). The American team will play for a place in the final against Greece, another favourite of the tournament, which edged the ever-looming Chinese team 10-5 on Friday August 29.

On the other side of the draw in search for the semifinals, Canada and Italy played another rather even match. With a 7-6 score, Axelle Crever scored the final goal one minute before the end. The final scoreboard reflected the Canadian victory by 8-6.

In the final match of the day, Spain, the host, was not able to defeat Hungary, whose initial 1-7 partial score restrained the Spanish aspirations. The Spaniards played all the time to fill that huge gap, and they managed to close the gap little by little. They even got a 10-10 score, with the people at the pool completely devoted to their team. Finally, they died at the shore with the concluding 10-11 score.

New Zealand, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Germany played their last matches in the competition, finishing in 13th to 16th places, respectively. On the other hand, Japan beat Australia 13-10, and will play for the 9th spot against Russia, which crushed South Africa 5-17.

FLASH QUOTES:

Marcelo Leonardi (USA coah):
“No matter what happens in the rival's goal; our defense has to play always at its best. If we win 1-0, then we win 1-0. We cannot neglect our defense. Today we have done a great job.”

Georgios Mofesis (Greece coach):
“China is a very strong team. We had made a correct preparation for the match, and we were greatly concentrated, and that is why it was a bit easier than we expected.”

David Paradelo (Canada coach):
“The third quarter was the key one. I told the players that we needed more intensity, and they gave everything they were able to in order to get good blockings and to make the shots uncomfortable."


Statistics from Day 5 games:

Game 31: GERMANY 5-10 PUERTO RICO
Quarters: 0-1, 3-6, 1-3, 1-0

Referees: Natalya Rustamova (UZB) and Peter la Marque (RSA)

Teams:
Germany: Jule Lissner,Belen Muriel Vosseberg (3), Charlotte Huber (1), Franzisca Dregger, Ira Deike, Sophia Eggert, Jamie Verebelyi, Aylin Fry (1), Lilian francesca Adamski, Maren Hinz, Julia Eggert, Victoria Fischer and Ronja Kersenboom. Head coach: Milos Sekulic.
Puerto Rico: Nichole Colon, Allison Fernandez (4), Maria Quiles, Cara Mullery, Anagabriella Guerra, Alexandra Guerra, Cristina Lugo (2), Nathalia Melendez (2), Claudia Ramos (2), Daniela Fuertes and Andrea Guerra. Head coach: Ricardo Cuevas.

Action goals: GER (4) / PUR (9)
Man up goals: GER (0/6) / PUR (0/11)
Penalty goals: GER (1/1) / PUR (1/2)


Game 32: BRAZIL 7-10 NEW ZEALAND
Quarters: 2-3, 0-3, 3-1, 2-3

Referees: Along Meng (CHN) and Martin Murray (CAN)

Teams:
Brazil: Victoria Chamorro, Ana Amaral, Mariana Ribeiro, Camila Barros, Yasmin Oliveira, Mariane Cardoso, Marina Araujo, Daniela Vidal, Sofia Rivas, Mariana Duarte and Lorena Borges. Head coach: Paulo Rogerio.
New Zealand: Selina Duggan, Liana Dance, Emma Ballard, Paige Walls, Abigail Cartmell, Annabel Harman, Breanna Ward, Katie McKenty, Grace Tobin, Holly Brown, Charlotte Valentine and Brogan Houghton. Head coach: Davor Carevic.

Action goals: BRA (6) / NZL (9)
Man up goals: BRA (1/3) / NZL (0/10)
Penalty goals: BRA (0/0) / NZL (1/1)


Game 33: JAPAN 13-10 AUSTRALIA
Quarters: 1-2, 4-2, 4-2, 4-4

Referees: Natacha Florestano (BRA) and John Waldow (NZL)

Teams:
Japan: Minami Shioya, Marina Tokumoto (1), Yuri Kazama (1), Kana Sasaki (1), Chiaki Sakanoue (3), Misaki Noro (1), Kotori Suzuki (2), Akari Inaba, Shiori Ogawa (1), Aki Izumi, Yumi Arima (2) and Ayumi Watanabe. Head coach: Hideo Katoh.
Australia: Tess Hosking, Amy Ridge, Bronte Halligan, Georgia Millonville, Monique Rebelo (1), Pla Rodgers (1), Chelsea Allen (4), Emily Mlgowan, Georgia Hole (1), Ellodie Ruffin, Lena Mihailovic (1), Maddy Steere (2) and Octavia Bellekens. Head coach: Jack Lusic.

Action goals: JPN (12) / AUS (10)
Man up goals: JPN (1/4) / AUS (0/8)
Penalty goals: JPN (0/0) / AUS (0/0)


Game 34: SOUTH AFRICA 5-17 RUSSIA
Quarters: 1-6, 1-4, 2-3 and 1-4

Referees: Zsolt Marjay (HUN) and Konstantinos Kyranis (GRE)

Teams:
South Africa: Nicole Schumann, Amber Penney, Yamkela Latila, Emma Hardham, Susan Louw (2), Nina Cressey (1), Cara Ann Stubbs, Alex van der Walt, Ruby Versfeld (2), Caitlin Schreuder, Erin Sims, Megan-Jame Thompson and Nicole James. Head coach: Bevan Manson.
Russia: Alina Litovchenko, Daria Gerzanich (2), Maria Borisova (3), Elena Kotanchyan (4), Anastasiia Khargina, Olga Koryakina (1), Ekaterina Iakusheva (1), Anna Karvchenko (5), Taisiia Sorokina, Bella Khamzaeva, Alena Serzhantova (1) and Polina Iushkova. Head coach: Aleksandr Naritka.

Action goals: RSA (4) / RUS (17)
Man up goals: RSA (1/4) / RUS (0/6)
Penalty goals: RSA (0/1) / RUS (0/0)


Quarterfinal matches:

Game 35: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 6-4 NETHERLANDS
Quarters: 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 1-3

Referees: Marcela Mauss (GER) and Fabio Collantoni (ITA)

Teams:
USA: Carlee Kapana, Christiana Manzella, Haley Wan, Mary Brooks, Madison Berggren, Jordan Raney, Devin Grab (1), Katherine Klass, Aria Fischer (2), Makenzie Fischer (3), Brianna Daboub, Maddeline Mussleman and Helena van Brande. Head coach: Marcelo Leonardi.
Netherlands: Laura Aarts, Maud Megens (1), Bieigitte Sleeking, Femke Aan, Maartje Keuning, Lizette Rozeboom (1), Brigit Mulder, Maud Koopman (1), Kitty Joustra, Ilse Koolhaas, Anouk Bergsma, Bente Rogge (1) and Jalou Vanhelsuwe. Head coach: Jan Vos.

Action goals: USA (4) / NED (4)
Man up goals: USA (2/5) / NED (0/7)
Penalty goals: USA (0/0) / NED (0/0)


Game 36: GREECE 10-5 CHINA
Quarters: 3-1, 3-1, 2-1, 2-2

Referees: Juan C. Colominas (ESP) and Nicholas Hodgers (AUS)

Teams:
Greece: Eleftheria Plevritou (4), Ioanna Chidirioti (2), Nikoleta Eleftheriadou, Vasiliki Plevritou (1), Eleni Xenaki, Michaela Vasiliki Kalogerakou (1), Maria Patra, Maria Sora (2), Maria Eleni Nimidi, Virginia Niarchakou and Ioanna Stamatopolou. Head coach: Georgios Morfesis.
China: Xueying Wang, Ying Zhai, Yanan Bi, Zewen Deng, Chenying Li, Xiaohan Mei, Yiwen Lu, Jing Zhang, Jing Yan, Dunhan Xiong, Yini Cai and Huan Wang. Head coach: Dali Cong.

Action goals: GRE (4) / CHN (5)
Man up goals: GRE (2/7) / CHN (0/5)
Penalty goals: GRE (4/5) / CHN (0/0)


Game 37: CANADA 8-6 ITALY
Quarters: 0-1, 2-2, 5-2, 1-1

Referees: Svetlana Dreval (RUS) and Mario Dalli (MLT)

Teams:
Canada: Ymane Hage, Taylor Vijh, Emma Wright, Joëlle Nacouzi, Axelle Crevier, Hayley McKelvey, Sarah Myers, Kelly Matthews, Kindred Paul and Kyra Christmas. Head coach: David Paradelo.
Italy: Divina Nigro, Giusy Citino, Martina Gottardo, Silvia Avegno, Chiara Ranalli, Maddalena Fisco, Domittila Picozzi, Luna di Claudio, Arianna Gragnolati, Carlotta Nencha, Elena Altamura and Carolina Ioannou. Head coach: Paolo Zizza.

Action goals: CAN (8) / ITA (6)
Man up goals: CAN (0/5) / ITA (0/10)
Penalty goals: CAN (0/0) / ITA (0/0)


Game 38: SPAIN 10-11 HUNGARY
Quarters: 1-6, 2-2, 6-2, 1-1

Referees: Matyas Peila (USA) and Gideon Reemnet (NED)

Teams:
Spain: Ana Sabugal, Paula Crespi (1), Anna Gual, Carla Abellán, Carla Tohá, Irene González (3), Marina Cordobés (2), Hana Vilanova, Judith Forca (3), Amanda Triviño (1), Marta Mota, Julia Tazueco and Inmaculada Bello. Head coach: Juan Carlos Sanchón.
Hungary: Gabor Kincso, Dorottya Szilagyi (4), Csenge Toth, Greta Gurisatti (4), Brigitta Horvath (1), Tamara Farkas, Dora Leimeter, Szonja Kuna (2), Orsolya Hertzka, Viktoria Varga, Zsusanna Mate and Alexandra Kiss. Head coach: Mattyas Petrovics.

Action goals: ESP (6) / HUN (10)
Man up goals: ESP (4/12) / HUN (1/8)
Penalty goals: ESP (0/1) / HUN (1/1)


Courtesy of Rodrigo Gil-Sabio, RFEN