Water polo European Championship: Slovenia was a good warm-up

Monday, August 29, 2022 4:22 p.m

The defending champion Hungarian men’s water polo team started their appearance at the European Championship in Split on Monday with a resounding 23-7 victory.

European Water Polo Championship, men, round 1, group D:
Hungary-Slovenia 23-7 (4-3, 6-2, 6-0, 7-2)
Hungarian goalscorers: Zalánki 4, Burián, Vigvári 3-3, Angyal, Manhercz, Fekete, Jansik, Vadovics 2-2, Nagy, Német, Molnár 1-1

For the opening match, national team captain Zsolt Varga did not name György Ágh and Ákos Konarik in the 13-man squad. To put it mildly, the meeting did not promise to be intense, considering that the Hungarian team won the 1999 11-3 and the 2006 23-6 of the two previous Euro clashes between the two teams.

In the first minutes, the Slovenian team, which represented a much more modest playing force, was still holding its own, which could not gain an advantage due to Vogel Soma’s excellent saves, but after three minutes, Zalánki made no more mistakes.

Everything was decided quickly

The second quarter was led by a figure played to the extreme, which was completed by Nemet. While the Hungarians sold their chances one after the other, the Slovenian team could not score for the fourth and fifth times due to superior numbers. This part of the game brought a game that really entertained the crowd, as Jansik scored a goal that was played into an empty goal.

After the turnaround, the difference between the two teams became even more apparent, because while the Hungarians played with increasing self-confidence, the rival began to lose heart. Lévai also made an appearance in the Hungarian goal, making three saves in a row. For the last eight minutes, the only question left in the match was whether the Hungarians would reach twenty goals, which was finally achieved with Zalánki’s fourth and Jansik’s second goals. And it was Vadovicsé who scored his second five-meter shot on the break point, so all Hungarian field players scored.

All in all, the important thing was that we went through the baptism of fire. We didn’t start well, there were a lot of mistakes at first, but as we calmed down, the difference came out.“Slovenian water polo is not decisive, so far-reaching conclusions should not be drawn from this match, but it is good that we started with them,” said specialist Zsolt Varga. his confidence will increase, but at the same time he himself always emphasizes that games can be won with excellent defense.

The most successful player in the field, Gergő Zalánki, also pointed out that they started the match a bit sleepily, in which he thought they scored too many goals. “It will take more against the Serbs,” declared the Pro Recco BL winner, who likes the swimming pool, although he found the water a bit cold.

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