Water Polo Women: Day 3: ESP 20 UZB 4
Spain grabbed second place in Group A with a 20-4 margin over Uzbekistan in the final group match of the women’s championship. As in the day’s opening game, a minute’s silence was observed for the victims of the train crash in the north-western province of Galicia.
As if in support of those families left behind, Spanish captain Jennifer Pareja scored the championship’s fastest goal at just 12 seconds when she converted a penalty attempt.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: CHN 13 NZL 5
China collected second spot in Group B with a 13-5 victory over New Zealand. This means the World League champion will now have to meet 2008 Olympic champion Netherlands in the sudden-death quarterfinal qualifiers on Saturday.
China had the goods to win easily and put together a solid game. For New Zealand’s part it struggled ferociously and resisted stoutly for China only to breach the defence twice in the first quarter.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: AUS 14 RSA 1
Australia won Group B with a third victory, defeating South Africa 14-1 in a clash of the Commonwealth nations. Australia is one of the strongest nations here so South Africa, normally just a visitor to World Championships every two years, put up a strong display, holding Australia out more than five minutes at the start of the match.
Australia began a roll that yielded four goals by the quarter and the next two periods also only yielded four goals to the Aussie Stingers. Tough pressure by South Africa restricted Australia to two goals in the final period.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: RUS 12 NED 12
Russia threw away a 7-3 advantage over Netherlands only to see the Dutch draw level four times for a 12-12 draw, but it was enough to take out Group A and consign the 2008 Olympic champion to third place. It was a game of highs and lows and the strong Dutch supporter base was thrilled with its comeback and heroic final quarter, which it won 5-4.
Olga Beliaeva opened for Russia with identical centre-forward goals. The Dutch replied for 2-2 and goals were swapped for 3-3 at the first break. Just like the first quarter, a Russian opened with two goals, in this case captain Evgeniya Ivanova, one of the stars of the tournament to date. She whistled in a shot from eight metres into the top left and swam the length of the pool to score from the deep right.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: ITA 13 BRA 5
Italy collected second spot in Group D with an accomplished 13-5 victory over Brazil. Italy just needed to finish the match as it had already claimed second spot by virtue of beating Kazakhstan.
Italy will now face off with world champion Greece in an enticing quarterfinal qualification match on Saturday that means one of the better teams in the competition will not only miss out on a medal chance but also drop out of the championship.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: HUN 18 KAZ 7
Hungary secured Group D with a third straight win, fending off Kazakhstan 18-7 It was a dominant effort by a team expected to go far into the championship and the 8-1 opening quarter set the tone for the match.
To Kazakhstan’s credit it managed to score twice late in the second quarter and captain Assel Jakayeva and Aizhan Akilbayeva kept the scoring humming along, finishing with four and three goals respectively.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: CAN 8 GRE 8
Canada produced a mid-morning delight with an 8-8 draw against world champion Greece to secure second place in Group C after three days of competition.
Greece needed the win as a draw was never going to be enough as the second tie-break rule states that the leading team shall be the one with the better goal difference against the top team. Canada lost to group winner United States 10-8 but Greece lost 12-8.
Water Polo Women: Day 3: USA 16 GBR 4
Olympic champion United States of America had the better of Great Britain, winning Group C. With three wins, USA looks set for an easier run to the quarterfinals, as it should with such a talented lineup at head coach Adam Krikorian’s disposal. With the goals coming thick and fast, Krikorian used all his team to excellent effect.
Great Britain seemed to hold off the stronger USA players, allowing them too much space to shoot. Faster reflexes by the USA was also a telling point.
Water Polo Men: Day 2: MNE 7 ESP 5
Spanish fans went home empty as Montenegro kept the host nation scoreless in the second half of this Group A match. The main protagonist was Mladan Janovic with five of Montenegro’s goals — the same number Spain scored — a hugely dominating effort.
Throw in the excellent defence of Aleksandar Ivovic and his teammates and Montenegro was never going to let Spain back in the match once it wrested the lead halfway through the third quarter.
Filipovic flips head over heels at baby’s birth
Having a child is a wonderful sensation. Beating Hungary at men’s water polo is equally as exciting. Doing both at the same time must be unheard of in this amazing sport. Filip Filipovic (26) has achieved so much in his short life but as one of the world’s most decorated water polo athletes, he topped it all as wife Sanya gave birth to a son — Vuk — while he was helping Serbia defeat Hungary 13-10 in a Group C match at the Bernat Picornell Pool.
It was the second day of competition and the match was for group supremacy, so Filipovic’s celebrations will be doubled.
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