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.
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