Camillo Cametti, FINA Press Correspondent

The losers, Hungary and Italy, will play for the third place.

Three matches were played this afternoon at the Palanuoto inTurin on the second day of the FINA/LEN Water Polo World League Europa Cup Final Women 2019, all characterized by a high final score. A consequence of the new rules?

The outcome was favourable to Russia and the Netherlands who won their match, respectively against Hungary and Italy and are the finalists of the 2019 edition.

Alexander Gaidukov's team defeated Biro’s team 15-14 and made the final for the second consecutive year. For Russia, which topped Group A in the preliminary round of the tournament, this was their seventh win in as many matches played. The Netherlands, champion of Europe, managed a clear win, 17-11, over Italy, Olympic silver medallist at Rio 2016. Arno Avenga team vindicated the defeats suffered from the Italian side of coach Fabio Conti in the preliminary round.

In the third match of the day valid for the fifth place, Spain inflicted Greece a clear defeat, 17-14.

Europe Cup Final Six Schedule and Results

Quarter Finals - Friday, March 29
15.30 Hungary-Greece 13-9
17.00 Spain-Netherlands 6-9

Semifinals - Saturday 30 March
15.00 (1) Russia-Hungary 15-14
16.30 (2) Italy- Netherlands 11-17
Final for 5th-6th place
18.00 Greece – Spain 14-17