Water Polo Men, Day 4: GRE 13 RSA 5
Greece became the first quarter-finalist after beating South Africa 13-5 in an enthralling match where extra-man was king. The official statistics may show Greece scoring five from seven but in actual fact they plundered eight from 11. It’s just the way the official timing is done. It’s like when a team scores at 21 seconds — one second over the exclusion period. Coaches count that as an extra-man goal. It’s subjective, but it’s the focus of water polo.
In Greece’s case it scored five within the 20 seconds, one at 21 seconds, one at 25 and one at 26. Official statistics claim shots as being on target within the 20-second period so this does not show the true figure.
Water Polo Women, Day 4: GRE 13 ITA 12 in penalty shootout
Italy became the second champion to exit the women’s championship when it was beaten 13-12 in a penalty shootout by world champion Greece.
That means, European champion Italy became the second champion of the day set to depart Barcelona after World League champion China lost out to Netherlands earlier in the day.
Champions China and Italy fail to make quarterfinals
There can only be one winner and even champions have to fall by the wayside some time. This was the case during quarterfinal qualification matches on the fourth day of the FINA Women’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool.
In the final match of the night, European champion Italy bowed out in controversial fashion, losing a penalty shootout 13-12 to world champion Greece.
Water Polo Women: Day 4: HUN 14 GBR 5
Hungary is one win from a half-century of victories at World Championships following its quarterfinal-qualifying 14-5 win over Great Britain. Great Britain, which bows out of the championship, is yet to win a match at this level, sitting alongside Puerto Rico as the only nations yet to win a match.
Great Britain is improving with every match and went 4-2 behind in both the first quarters and then held Hungary to 2-0 in the third. It could have been 2-1 if Fiona Winstanley–Smith had not been so selfless in trying to pass to a teammate when she had the goal at her mercy.
Water Polo Women: Day 4: CAN 14 KAZ 8
Canada earned a berth in the quarterfinals with a 14-8 victory over Kazakhstan. Carmen Eggens scored the 600th World Championship goal for Canada when she sent a shot into the bottom right from the top. Anna Turova, in making the score 2-1, landed Kazakhstan’s 300th goal at this level.
Canada had the game to go away with the match and at 7-2 looked likely to do so. Kazakhstan Captain Assel Jakayeva plundered a goal at centre forward for 7-3 to arrest the slide. Two Monika Eggens goals just before halftime had Canada 9-3 at the long break. That gave her four from the half to double her championship tally.
Water Polo Women: Day 4: USA 14 BRA 3
Olympic gold medallist United States of America made it 17 matches in a row at World Championships, World League and Pan American Games. USA has to go back to 1999 to find the last time it lost to Brazil — at the Pan American Games.
The oppressive humidity and heat made it hard for the teams and USA struggled in the second half once it had enough of a buffer.
Water Polo Women: Day 4: ESP 18 NZL 6
Spain scored its fourth consecutive victory over New Zealand at World Championship level, winning their quarterfinal qualification match 18-6. Spain was never in doubt as the Olympic silver medallist showed why standing on that podium in London last year was so special and a world title is what it really wants.
Spain was aided by six converted penalty goals as centre forwards gained the better of their opponents. New Zealand gained one so it became the match with the highest number of penalty attempts in Barcelona, men or women.
Water Polo Women: Day 4: NED 11 CHN 10
The return of 2008 Olympic champion Netherlands to the world stage took one step closer with a heart-stopping 11-10 victory over World League champion China.
The victory came in the quarterfinal qualification round and means that China, crowned World League champion just a month before in Beijing, has failed to make it through to the top eight and can go home.
Water Polo Women: Day 4: AUS 25 UZB 2
Australia advanced to the quarterfinals with a comfortable 25-2 clash with Uzbekistan. Australia has been one of the form teams at the championship and head coach Greg McFadden used his bench for vital match practice ahead of the harder matches.
This led to Hannah Buckling, a relative newcomer on the international
stage playing her 28th match, scoring a championship-high six goals from
Uzbekistan was limited to just 11 shots as Australia took 39.
Water polo Women: Day 4: RUS 22 RSA 3
Russia was the first team to win through to the quarterfinals of the women’s competition, beating South Africa 22-3. Playing in the quarterfinal qualification round, Russia’s all-round firepower and lightning-fast counter attacks proved hard to contain for South Africa who must have enjoyed certain aspects of the match.
While Russia was polishing its counter, cross passing and outside shooting skills, South Africa worked hard on defensive play, shutting down many potential threats.
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