Sunday, August 28, 2022, 8:50 p.m
The Hungarian women’s water polo team suffered an extremely heavy defeat against the Dutch team at the 35th European Championship on Sunday in Split.
European Water Polo Championship, women, 2nd round, Group A:
Netherlands-Hungary 13-4 (3-1, 3-2, 4-0, 3-1)
Hungarian goalscorers: Gurisatti, Vályi, Mahieu, Garda 1-1
Following the opening day defeat by the Greeks, referee Attila Bíró named Dalma Dömsödi and Tamara Farkas in the 13-man match squad instead of Brigitta Horváth and Rebecca Parkes, thus giving all 15 players a chance at the EC. At the rally, the Dutch had something to pay for after the Hungarians won 13-12 in the World Championship semi-final on Margitsziget two months ago, and 10-8 in the bronze medal match of the European Championship in the Duna Arena two years ago.
The Hungarian team attacked with errors in the same way as against the Greeks. The main reason why the difference was not bigger at the end of the first eight minutes was that the Hungarian players blocked well in defense. We had to wait 7:25 minutes for the first Hungarian goal, but Gurisatti, who was excellent on Saturday as well, flashed quite extravagantly: with his back to the goal, he pulled the ball into the goal completely unexpectedly. The immediate answer did not remain on the other side.
The Dutch took care of our problems thoroughly
The shooting efficiency of the Hungarians did not improve even in the second quarter, and the Dutch were also effective from their third and fourth chances, thus trailing 5-1. The change of half didn’t help the increasingly uncertain Hungarians either, neither with an advantage nor with equal numbers, they found a way into the Dutch goal. In addition, in the meantime, the guard was characterized by less and less efficiency and more and more indiscipline at the back, which was indicated by two Dutch penalties, among other things, so that the last part of the game started with a 10-3 deficit.
In attack, nothing came together again in the final quarter, and in defense, the Dutch increased their already huge advantage from another five meters. Due to the poor play of the Hungarians, the match was unworthy of the cheering of two World Cup medalist teams, but the ten-goal difference was avoided.
Saturday’s match makes me more nervous, because we could have won there, but we had nothing to do with this one, it was already decided in the third quarter. “The physical difference between the two teams came out. We played as a tired team, and because of that the defeat was part of it, but of course I did not expect such a ratio,” assessed Attila Bíró, who added that they have a week to prepare for the quarterfinals, during which time they will have time to regenerate and rest. to the training sessions and there will be three matches that promise to be easy, in which he expects a sharper and more accurate game from his students.
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