DAY 2, AFTERNOON SESSION: Hungary triumphs in 2nd round derby, Italy victorious against Serbia
Women’s junior national team of Serbia lost to Italy in the second round match, 11:6, and will battle with France to determine which team would be ranked 2nd in Group A. The beginning of the match was promising as Serbia took the lead after two minutes of play. However, Italy had an extra-player on three occasions before the end of the first period and each time it seized the opportunity for scoring, so it had a 3:1 lead. Italian girls then continued to score and had 7:1 at halftime when everything became clear already. In the second and the third quarter, Serbia’s squad attacked with an extra player on eight occasions, but only scored once. The result was 8:3 at the start of the last period and Serbia’s water polo players had slim chances of coming back. Nevertheless, they were able to bring down the deficit to three (8:5 and 9:6), but Italia scored two more goals in the final minutes of the match and clinched the victory. Lucrezia Cergol and Beatrice Clementi were Italy’s top scorers with three goals, while Nina Josifovic netted two for Serbia.
Spain’s national team collected another convincing win, as after Israel it also crushed Slovakia, 21:4. Spanish girls had their game on point from the start until the end, and the winner was somewhat obvious after first eight minutes of the match when Spain was leading 5:1. The result was identical in the second and the third quarter, while the winner netted six more in the last period to seal the triumph. Alejandra Aznar scored six goals and was Spain’s top scorer again, whereas Silvia Morell added four. In Slovakia’s squad, Miroslava Stankovianska found the net two times.
In the match which might determine the Group D winner, the Netherlands overpowered Greece, 12:8. Greek squad netted an opener, but that was at the same time their only lead of the game. The Netherlands took it over and reached a four-goal advantage (6:2) after a successful shooting series. Dutch ladies additionally enlarged the difference in the second period and eventually celebrated their second victory in the group stage. The winning team’s Lieke Rogge and Rozanne Voorvelt, as well as Greece’s Vasiliki Douli each scored three goals.
The clash between Russia and Hungary saw the most uncertainty about the winner, and Hungarian girls eventually triumphed, 11:10. Russian squad got off to a better start in this exciting encounter and had a 3:1 lead in the middle of the first quarter. Hungary managed to score its second goals in the last minute of that period, after which the teams scored one after another until the halftime and went on a break with a tied result (5:5). In the second half, Hungary quickly netted three goals in two and a half minutes and accomplished an 8:5 lead, while the result was 11:6 with four minutes left on the clock, so it seemed like everything was over. However, Russian girls then stepped up their game and scored four goals in a row bringing down the deficit to one. There was no time left for equalizing, though. Hungary was led by Janka Kata Utassy and Fanni Muzsnay who scored three goals, as much as Anna Kochetova did for Russia.
Czech Republic – France 2:6 (0:1, 1:1, 0:1, 1:3)
Italy – Serbia 11:6 (3:1, 4:0, 1:2, 3:3)
Standings: Italy 6, Serbia 3, France 3, Czech Republic 0.
Turska – Israel 5:11 (1:2, 1:3, 2:4, 1:2)
Spain – Slovakia 21:4 (5:1, 5:1, 5:1, 6:1)
Standings: Spain 6, Slovakia 3, Israel 3, Turska 0.
Portugal – Bulgaria 7:8 (3:1, 1:2, 2:3, 1:2)
Russia – Hungary 10:11 (3:2, 2:3, 0:4, 5:2)
Standings: Hungary 6, Russia 3, Bulgaria 3, Portugal 0.
Romania – Great Britain 6:14 (3:4, 2:3, 0:2, 1:5)
Greece – Netherlands 8:12 (1:2, 2:4, 2:5, 3:1)
Standings: Netherlands 6, Greece 3, Great Britain 3, Romania 0.