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Water Polo Women: Day 2: USA 10 CAN 8

Olympic champion United States of America beat Canada 10-8 in a crucial Group C encounter. USA twice went on four-goal sprees — at the start of the match and straddling halftime — and looked impressive at 9-3 halfway through the third period.Then the wheels fell off the USA wagon as Canada struck back, getting
previously inaccurate shots on target. Stephanie Valin and Dominique
Perrault gave Canada a 9-5 chance at the final break.

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23Jul2013

Water Polo Women: Day 2: GRE 13 GBR 7

The power and physical presence of Alexandra Asimaki belies her size and woe betide any player who takes her lightly. Asimaki scored a tournament-high five goals to lead world champion Greece to a 13-7 Group C victory over Great Britain, a match that was undecided at halftime but had Greece 8-5 ahead at the final break.Asimaki plays centre forward and dominates, making her one of the
world’s best. She scored three in a row and two of those within 20
seconds, to take Greece from 3-2 ahead to 5-3 up.

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23Jul2013

Water Polo Women: Day 2: AUS 14 CHN 5

Australia scored its 20th major championship victory over China with a
stunning third-quarter effort that sent the opposition reeling and
produced a real upset. By scoring six unanswered goals after being
5-4 behind at halftime, Australia stamped itself as a true contender for
the crown in Barcelona. China went scoreless in the final quarter as
well in what was a remarkable effort by Australia.In the FINA World
League preliminary round in Auckland, New Zealand in May, Australia won
the first encounter in penalty shootout after being tied at 11-11 (final
score 15-13) and then trounced China 17-7 in the return match. Today’s
nine-goal margin echoes that result.

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23Jul2013

Water Polo Women: Day 2: NZL 14 RSA 7

New Zealand maintained its winning margin record against South Africa with a 14-7 victory on day two of the women’s competition.The teams had met just once before with the Kiwis a 12-5 winner at the 2009 World Championships — the only previous encounter between these two countries at the major FINA events.

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23Jul2013

Water Polo Women, Day 2: RSA 7 NZL 14

New Zealand maintained its winning margin record against South Africa with a 14-7 victory on day two of the women’s competition. The teams had met just once before with the Kiwis a 12-5 winner at the 2009 World Championships — the only previous encounter between these two countries at the major FINA events.New Zealand’s victory was built on aggression and accurate shooting with Kirsten Hudson and Alexandra Myles on fire with four goals each. New Zealand had the luxury of counter attack as a potent weapon, especially in the second half as the South Africans started to tire. New Zealand also had the better of the extra-man attack and looked stronger around the field.

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23Jul2013

Greece opens men’s water polo with stunning upset over Montenegro

Greece turned on the action tap and caused a huge upset in the opening match with a deluge of early goals against Montenegro for a 6-4 victory in the FINA Men’s Water Polo World Championships at the Bernat Picornell Pool. Just two weeks ago when the teams met in a four-nation tournament, world No 4 Montenegro thrashed Greece 11-4, but today it was all Greece as Montenegro was kept scoreless for the first half and gained two consolation goals in the final minute.In the other Group A match, Spain defeated New Zealand 18-3 in the final encounter of the day with Felipe Perrone scoring five goals, the best of the day.

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22Jul2013

Water Polo Men: Day 1: ESP 18 NZL 3

Spain opened its campaign with an 18-3 Group A victory over New Zealand, starting slowly, building to a crescendo in the third quarter, before easing off the accelerator.The inexperienced Kiwis will learn to fly at these championships and with an average age of about four years younger than the Spanish and a vast chasm in the number of internationals played, they performed well.

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22Jul2013

Water Polo Men: Day 1: GER 9 KAZ 8

When more than 200 yellow-shirted German junior water polo players are urging you on behind the team bench, you must perform. This
urging helped Germany to stave off Kazakhstan in a final-quarter
thriller for a 9-8 Group D victory and gave the Germans a 2-1 edge in
clashes at this level.The win looked assured when 9-4 ahead at the third break.  However, in a little over two minutes Kazakhstan scored an incredible four goals with 1:44 still left on the clock.

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22Jul2013

Water Polo Men: Day 1: ITA 9 ROU 4

Reigning champion Italy maintained control throughout against Romania in a match where the Italians led 4-0 after five and half minutes. It was the second time Italy has beaten Romania at the FINA World Championships, having lost the 2009 clash. In fact, in the past 10 occasions these teams have met before Barcelona the ledger was even.Not so tonight as Italy was all about control. Keep calm and score goals when chances appear. Romania gave up a centre-forward goals and one on extra from the same position by Matteo Aicardi, another on extra by Felugo and then a seven-metre strike by Christian Presciutti. It was the sort of start that Italy relishes and one that Romania would not want to telephone home about. It was after seven minutes of play before Tiberiu Negrean struck home for Romania.

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22Jul2013

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