The Hungarian women’s water polo team lost to the United States in the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup Final.
After the 20-13 victory over the Greek team, the Attila Peru team faced a difficult task, as they had to face the hosts and the Americans, who dominated the women’s league, to reach the final. Recently, the two teams have fought fiercely against each other, among others, the Hungarian team lost the World Cup final in Budapest in a close battle last summer.
This time, the Hungarian national team was also a good partner for the USA. Gréta Gurisatti also took an active part in this, as it was the FTC player who equalized and then gave the guests the lead with her goal.
At the beginning of the second quarter, the score was already 5-3 on the scoreboard, but the opponent slowly advanced and crushed the Hungarians, before the end of the first half the Americans were ahead with a score of 7-6. We managed to tie the game at 7-7, but after 9-8 we let go, and the reigning Olympic champion and world champion continued to increase the margin, so we faced a 16-10 defeat against our opponent, which is arguably even greater. At the same time, it is worth noting that our team is far from the strongest team in the Long Beach Superfinal, since neither Zsuzsanna Máté nor Vanda Vályi managed to make it to America with the team.
The Spanish national team will be waiting for us in the bronze medal match of the tournament on Monday, at 2:00 am Hungarian time. And a potential medal would be a huge adjustment to the World Championships in Fukuoka.
Women’s water polo
World Cup Super Final, semi-final
USA-Hungary 16-10 (3-4, 4-2, 4-2, 5-2)
Long Beach. 06/24/2023
Our scorers: Garda 4, jurisati 2, Keszthelyi, Faragó, Rybanska, Hajdú 1-1