The Hungarian women’s water polo team will be present at the Tokyo Olympics
Federal captain Attila Bero’s team won 13-10 against the Italian host team on Saturday in the semi-finals of Trieste’s qualifiers, as they secured their participation in the matches of the five rings.
The best of the game was Rita Kızteli, who helped Hungary achieve an Olympic performance with six goals. The Hungarians will play the Dutch national team in the final of the tournament on Sunday in a match without bets.
Attila Bíró begins the fight with twenty-year-old Alda Magyari in place of Edina Gangl, the routine European champion, in the showdown that decided Olympic participation.
The Hungarian national team started dreaming, scoring three goals in three minutes without conceding anything, and Magari managed to defend with a human handicap. Through the host, Ariana Garibotti, he aggravated to five meters. The Italians scored their first goal 45 seconds before the end of the quarter with a lucky ball bouncing off a block.
The second quarter started with a Hungarian defender lead and then with a selling advantage, Gabriela Zoxx hit the lead (4-1). The Italians also missed the second five-meter race, this time Magari defending Claudia Marlita’s shot, but on the other side Anna Elise didn’t make a mistake. After the second Italian blow, the Hungarian foul was missed, and the opponent was punished immediately and scored two goals.
At the start of the third quarter, Rita Quichelli reassured her team with a great goal, and the Italians responded with a great game all the time, then reduced the difference to the minimum possible. With Barks Rebecca, the next Hungarian lead ended with a goal (7-5), but Roberta Bianconi also scored on the other side. After that, Anikó Gyöngyössy fought for a spot, Dorottya Szilágyi scored a big goal from afar, and even almost immediately after that she scored a ball, and the escape was replaced by Rita Kesteli’s goal (9-6). Beautify the home team half a minute before the end of the quarter.
At the beginning of the closing chapter, Keszthely flashed again, increasing the lead with a fifth blow for him, and the Italians spoiled two advantages, but did not achieve a double human advantage. Four and a half minutes before the end, the Hungarians also got traffic after a long break, which Dóra Leimeter finished beautifully. There were three minutes remaining when Elise Anna fired a shot and the perfectly executed move clinched the match. In the end, Rita Keszthelyi reached six hits.
After the meeting, local organizers also handed over a huge boarding pass for a symbolic flight in Tokyo to the Hungarian team. That is, said Attila Pero in an online interview with M4 Sport after the meeting
The team did not move for a moment, the tactic they wanted to surprise the Italians came in, and Alda Magyari’s brilliant defenses contributed to his success. He added that he trusted his pupils along the way, and the Italians were able to bring out the best in the match so “they shot at those who needed it.”
Speaking about the confrontation against the Dutch, the expert indicated that he expects the prestige match of the two liberated national teams, which they want to win, because that will be important for development.