Russell McKinnon, FINA Media Committee

Gwangju, South Korea.— It is the second day of the FINA World Championship women's water polo tournament at the Nambu University Grounds in Gwangju.

Group B started the action and a crowd of more than 2000 turned out to watch the history-making Korean women take on Russia. More history came when Daseul Kyung scored Korea's first goal at this level — after nearly 50 minutes of action over two matches — which sent the Korean media into a frenzy. Hungarian captain Rita Keszthelyi scored seven goals as her team beat a resurgent Canada 15-14. A three-goal burst inspired by Joelle Bekhazi brought Canada back into the match and within a whisper of a draw.

Group C is fast heading the way of Spain, the 2013 world champion, downing Kazakhstan 18-6. Spanish head coach praised his opponents for their structure, which caused problems in the first quarter. Greece took a first win after a surprise 10-goal loss to Spain on Sunday, defeating Cuba 20-4 with Alkisti Avramidou netting six.

Group D produced two exciting and close encounters with Australia heading off China 14-12 in a high-class match-up and then Italy winning by the same margin over a gritty Japan 9-7.

Group A completed the night's programme with the world champion and European champions level at halftime before United States of America repeatedly had to repel Netherlands before scoring the last two goals for 12-9. New Zealand will finish third in the group at worst after defeating South Africa 17-4.

Progress points:

Group A: USA 4, Netherlands 2, New Zealand 2, South Africa 0.

Group B: Hungary 4, Russia 4, Canada 0, Korea 0.

Group C: Spain 4, Greece 2, Kazakhstan 2, Cuba 0.

Group D: Italy 4, Australia 2, China 2, Japan 0.

Tuesday Schedule:

Match 9, 08:30, Group A, KOREA 1 RUSSIA 30

Match 10, 9.50, Group A, CANADA 14 HUNGARY 15

Match 11, 11:10, Group B, SPAIN 18 KAZAKHSTAN 6

Match 12, 12:30, Group B, CUBA 4 GREECE 20

Match 13, 16:30, Group C, AUSTRALIA 14 CHINA 12

Match 14 17:50, Group C, JAPAN 7 ITALY 9


Match 16, 20:30, Group D, SOUTH AFRICA 4 NEW ZEALAND 17