Spain will defend the crown within the European Girls’s Water Polo

Spain will defend the crown within the European Girls’s Water Polo


The Spanish girls’s water polo workforce will defend its continental title after getting rid this Wednesday by a transparent, however labored 7-10 to the Netherlands, led by Elena Ruiz (4 objectives) and an ideal final quarter the place she stopped the response of her rival.

Spain was planted within the ultimate of the European Championship that’s being performed in Cut up (Croatia) and confirmed its development in an occasion that didn’t begin nicely, however the place it has left its stage within the robust crosses towards Hungary and the Netherlands, present runner-up and third on this planet respectively.

And as occurred within the quarterfinals final Monday towards the Magyars, the workforce led by Miki Oca made essentially the most of their nice begin and their nice end. With the primary he amassed a bonus that the Dutch workforce struggled to equalize earlier than being the sufferer of the restoration of the present champion within the ultimate eight minutes and attaining in a ‘comfy’ means the move to his fourth European ultimate looking for his third gold towards Greece, which might 12-9 with Italy.

Spain began robust defensively as of their earlier recreation and left the Dutch scoreless for greater than 5 minutes. He did not take a lot benefit of it, though objectives from Maica García and Elena Ruiz already gave him the initiative.

Bea Ortiz, from a penalty, prolonged the benefit, and a second penalty at the start of the second interval, scored by Elena Ruiz, stored the 2 objectives within the lead. The Netherlands couldn’t overcome the Spanish protection regardless of their superior continuities and though Bea Ortiz pardoned the 2-5 in a transparent counterattack, the impressed Elena Ruiz didn’t, who put three objectives aside that remained in two after an ideal shot virtually on Van der Sloot’s horn.

The third interval was the worst for the workforce, which was ‘dry’ in assault towards the rival protection and the nice actions of goalkeeper Laura Aarts. Two objectives from Sleeking induced the tie and Elena Ruiz needed to come to the rescue once more to return the lead heading into the final quarter.

And there Spain was relentless, particularly in its first offensive actions. Paula Leitón and Pili Peña introduced out their high quality to return an vital 5-8, nicely held by the protection and by Martina Tarré in purpose. The Netherlands stored making an attempt, however Ani Espar and Bea Ortiz signed the sentence.

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