The Hungarian Telegraph Office said that the Hungarian national team achieved a wonderful 10-8 victory over the Spanish team, the European champions, in the quarter-finals today, Thursday, of the women’s water polo world championship final in Athens.
|Anna Ellis rises from the water (Photo: Sándor Dobos/Waterpolo.hu)|
Although the Hungarians defeated the Japanese in the group stage, they were defeated by the Russians and Canadians, so the world championship silver medalists were waiting for them among the eight. The match was won by Fed captain Atilla Peru preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, playing the best match of the tournament so far, and already had a four-goal advantage in the fourth quarter.
“We know that this is not an Olympic tournament, but it is a very good and strong tournament professionally, as it is in terms of organization anyway. It would be good to get a medal, the team is now closer to that. We also came out of the match better with the Spaniards in Our last meeting, two or three ahead, one goal left at the end. We were going further now, and although the referee’s look at the end changed to make the match tighter, we ended up with confidence. We went a long way against the European champions, which is something Rare, because our opponent today was a Spanish national team with a complete structure. Defense and goalkeeping were the keys to success.” quote Judge Atilla On-site reporting by the Hungarian Water Polo Association.
The Attila Peru team will meet the Canadians on Friday among the four who lost the group 13-12 in the third round on Wednesday.
Women’s World League, UEFA Champions League Final, Quarterly
Hungary – Spain 10-8 (3–3, 3–1, 2–2, 2–2)
Hungary national team scorers: Keszthelyi 3, Leimeter, Garda 2-2, Szilágyi, Gurisatti, Gyöngyössy 1-1
Canada – Kazakhstan 11-3 (5–0, 1–1, 1–1, 4–1)
Japan and the United States 6-20 (1-4, 1-6, 1-6, 3-4)
Russia and Greece 8-8 (2-3, 4-3, 1-2, 1–0) – By five metres: 4–2
Previous results of the Hungarian team
Hungary – Japan 10-26
Canada – Hungary 13-12