The men’s polo team is a semi-finalist and World Cup participant

Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 5:17 p.m

The men’s water polo team defeated the last bronze medalist Montenegro 11-8 in the quarter-finals of the 35th European Championship in Split on Tuesday.

water polo EC, men, quarter-finals:
Hungary-Montenegro 11-8 (3-1, 2-3, 2-1, 4-3)
Hungarian goalscorers: Jansik 5, Manhercz 2, Német, Angyal, Konarik, Zalánki 1-1

Zsolt Varga gave a vote of confidence to the 13 players who suffered a historic nine-goal defeat to the Olympic champions Serbia six days ago during the group stage, i.e. György Ágh and Viktor Vadovics were left out of the match squad.

The Hungarian team immediately gained a man advantage in their first attack, and at the end of a great play, Molnár’s pass was pulled into the Montenegrin goal by the German, but the rival also took advantage of their first opportunity. After that, the game was characterized by inaccurate shots and bad tackles. Zalánki, who won the Champions League with Pro Recco, didn’t even manage to score because he bombed the crossbar. Taking advantage of the excellent defense and Vogel’s bravura saves, Angyal’s long-range and Konarik’s close-range bombs made it possible to pull away with two goals.

We couldn’t tear Montenegro down

In the second half, the Hungarian team couldn’t convert the second goal into a goal, but the opponent couldn’t improve for a long time either, because the blocks worked perfectly, and Vogel continued to block every defendable ball, but even the Ferencváros goalkeeper was powerless against Durdic’s five-meter shot. Jansik restored the two-goal difference with superior numbers, and in the minutes before the break, both guards scored from a penalty each, and Montenegro also scored from a penalty, so the scoreboard showed a 5-4 Hungarian lead at the halfway point of the match.

After the turn, Vogel started with three saves in one attack, but it was not possible to take advantage of this for a long time, because Zalánki hit the post twice in a row, while Jansik already shot a well-played ball into the net. Although Montenegro was still unable to score a goal from action, it narrowed the gap to a minimum again with advantage.

While Zalánki chipped the goal post many times with his seventh shot, Jansik was successful for the third time from his third attempt, so the final quarter could start at 7-5.

Zalánki didn’t hesitate for a moment, he kept trying until he scored an amazing bomb goal for the eighth time at the beginning of the last eight minutes, and Manhercz’s goal gave the Hungarian team a four-goal lead for the first time. The rival was finally broken when Vogel already defended the third Montenegrin five-meter.

From that point on, the difference was pretty much the only question, in the beginning, Montenegro improved with the first two action goals, but the best player in the field, Jansik, responded with two demoralizing drops, so in the end there was no need to be nervous.

The Hungarians, the defending champions and Olympic bronze medalists, will meet the winner of the Spanish-Greek duel in Thursday’s semi-finals. The team of national team captain Zsolt Varga, who was appointed in July, successfully qualified for the 2023 Olympic qualification world championship in Fukuoka, for which the best three teams without a quota will qualify for the continental competition.

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