Water Polo Women: Day 7: Bronze: HUN 10 RUS 8
Hungary overcame a 3-1 deficit in the first quarter and took until halfway through the final quarter to grab a two-goal lead, which it maintained to deny Russia a record fifth bronze medal 10-8. The match was levelled at 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6 and 7-7 before Hungary took the elad at the final break and triumphantly pulled away.
Russia started strongly, racing to 2-0 before Hungary responded. When Olga Belova scored on extra for 3-1, Russia looked set for a lucrative match, however, Hungary fired up and Gabriella Toth and Gabriella Szucs scored at centre forward and with a lob respectively for 3-3 at quarter time.
Water Polo Women, Day 7: 7th & 8th - NED 12 CAN 9
Netherlands captain Yasemin Smit led her team to seventh classification with a 12-9 victory over Canada. Smit scored three times in the opening quarter as the Dutch went from 5-1at the first break to 6-1 early in the second quarter. Canada woke up at this stage and started competing and then outplaying Netherlands 8-7 in the last three periods.
The Dutch meant business from the start and only veteran Joelle Bekhazi broke the Dutch charge at 2-1.
Water Polo Men, Day 6: MNE 10 ITA 8
Montenegro ended Italy’s World Championship reign with a staggering 10-8 victory in front of a near-packed crowd at Bernat Picornell Pool. Italy was shell-shocked with Montenegro’s start to the match, from Aleksandar Ivovic’s lightning shot from the top of the first attack, through Mladan Janovic’s extra-man goal from the top and the Nikola Janovic’s penalty goal — 3-0 at 4:04.
That was a huge shock that Italy had severe difficulty adjusting to after five straight victories in Barcelona. Matteo Aicardi splashed in a rebound from one metre for 3-1.
Hungary and Montenegro to battle for men’s gold medal
Multiple Olympic champion Hungary and Montenegro will do battle for the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool on Saturday. A reshaped Hungary, a far cry from the triple Olympic champions of the new millennium, pushed London Olympic champion Croatia out of title contention with an 11-10 victory built on better extra-man statistics and the stopping power of goalkeeper Viktor Nagy.
The first semifinal produced an upset according to many pundits, except anyone related to Hungary. The Hungarians, under new head coach Tibor Benedek, himself one of the world’s most decorated athletes, grabbed the lead in the second quarter, took the match to 10-7 early in the fourth, watched Croatia level at 10-10 and then celebrated when Denes Varga scored the winner at 1:58.
Water Polo Men, Day 6: HUN 11 CRO 10
Winning games is all about winning percentages and Hungary had the better figures in knocking Olympic champion Croatia out of the gold-medal contention in the men’s competition. Hungary won 11-10, shutting Croatia down in the extra-man situation with stunning figures of converting four from eight and restricting Croatia to six goals from 15 attempts. What was even more telling was the two penalty saves by Hungary’s goalkeeper, Viktor Nagy,
The excitement started early and continued throughout from Miklos Gor-Nagy’s opening goal until Petar Muslim’s 3-2 goal at 3:06, the quarter-time score.
Water Polo Men, Day 6: ESP 14 SRB 13
Spain inflicted pain on Serbia by sending it to the play-off for seventh place against Australia after a dramatic sudden death, penalty shootout that Spain eventually won 14-13.
The scoreline was the same as the match between the two in the 2009 Rome World Championships. Serbia won that day and went on to win eight further matches against Spain in major competitions. It was time for Spain to redress the situation.
Water Polo Men: Day 6, GRE 11 AUS 9
Greece upstaged Australia 11-9 and earned a shot at fifth place with a solid effort against a team that could not emulate its recent performance. Greece had lost to Hungary 9-3 and Australia drew 9-9. It was expected Australia would emerge victorious but it was not to be as the defence seemed missing in action in the first half.Greece had control of the first period as the normally reliable Australian goalkeeper, James Clark, appeared to have an off day and was switched for Joel Dennerley at 3:20 of the second quarter. Either that or the Aussie Sharks’ defence had dropped a huge step on the ladder.
Water Polo Women, Day 6: ESP 13 HUN 12
For the first time in World Championship history, Spain has beaten Hungary and what a match it was — 13-12 for a shot at the gold medal on Friday night at Bernat Picornell Pool.
Five times before Spain has felt the backhand of Hungary but last year that all changed when Spain toppled Hungary in the Olympic Games semifinals.
Olympic medallists battle way to women’s world final
Australia and Spain will clash on Friday for the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championship at the Bernat Picornell Pool. Australia will be seeking a second crown to go with its win in the inaugural women’s World Championships in 1986 — ironically, also in Spain (Madrid) — and Spain will finish higher than before, having done no better than seventh in Melbourne 2007 and 11th in Shanghai two years ago.
In London, Spain finished with silver and Australia bronze so two of the top three teams in the world will clash in a real blockbuster.
Water Polo Women, Day 6: AUS 9 RUS 6
Aussie Stingers head coach Greg McFadden must have had Melbourne 2007 in his mind in playing and beating Russia 9-6 in the first women’s semifinal at Bernat Picornell Pool.
He coached the team to victory over Russia on that semifinal occasion — also a three-goal margin at 12-9 — and went on to lose the final by a goal to the United States of America (6-5). Tonight he won again but will face a different opponent in Friday’s gold-medal match.
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